Moving memories: Oral history in a Global world

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Call for Papers
January 31, 2017
Subject Fields: 
Immigration & Migration History / Studies, Oral History, Public History, Research and Methodology, Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies

We invite proposals for the next biennial Oral History of Australia conference in Sydney .


Moving memories: oral history in a global world

Our title and main theme refers to memories generated across space and time,

both local and national, as well as cross-cultural and international. It also refers to memories which

have an emotional impact on listeners: remembering which move us to laughter or tears. The theme

draws on some of the new directions in oral history that address: the impact of migration and asylum-

seeking around the world; as well as the exchange between narrator and listener that is ‘memory

work’, or the emotional labour that is involved in memory practices such as oral history.

All submissions will be welcome, but proposals on some of the following topics will assist in creating

a coherent conference:

• Migration

• Contested memories across cultures

in local communities

• Movement across and within borders

• Oral history as witnessing

• Place and belonging


We invite proposals for 20-minute papers that critically engage with the conference topics.


We invite proposals for roundtables featuring two to five speakers that explore and engage with

conference topics. Roundtables are organised discussions around a particular topic, chaired by a

moderator. This approach is designed to stimulate dialogue: it will not be an appropriate forum to

share short papers or read extensive prepared written material.


We invite proposals for 5-minute lightning talks. We encourage you to critically engage with one

idea that relates to a conference topic, and use this opportunity to share ideas about opportunities,

challenges, methodology and more in a dynamic and engaging way. Please note these talks must go

beyond a ‘show and tell’ approach.

To submit your proposal go to:


Deadline for Submission 31st January 2017

Notification of acceptance of proposals late February 2017

Registrations open March 2017

Earlybird deadline 30th June 2017

Contact Info: 

OHAC 2017 Secretariat,

DC Conferences

Tel: 02 99544400 | Email:


OHAC 2017 Secretariat,

DC Conferences

Tel: 02 99544400 | Email: