Oral History NSW
Giving Voice to the Past
Giving Voice to the Past

Oral History Australia Biennial

National Conference

We invite proposals for the Oral History Australia Conference 2017

Moving Memories, 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 emotional impact on listeners: remembering which moves 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
  • Contetested memories across
    cultures in local communities
  • Movement across and within borders
  • Oral history as witnessing
  • Place and belonging
  • Journeys and pilgrimage
  • Sensory memories
  • Oral history and emotions
  • Mobile apps and podcasts for
    oral histories
  • Digital technology in a global world

We are inviting proposals for 20 minute papers, roundtables featuring two to five speakers that explore and engage conference topics, and 5 minute lightning talks.

For full details read: Oral History Australia Conference 2017 Call for Papers


Deadline for submissions: 31 January 2017
Notification of acceptance of proposals: late February 2017
Registrations open: March 2017
Earlybird deadline: 30 June 2017



If you missed out on attending this interesting conference you can catch up with the range of presentations and make contact with the presenters as they have provided their email addresses.    See Conference Abstracts