2015  9-12 September Perth, Western Australia

Fast Forward: Oral History in a Time of Change


2013   Adelaide, South Australia

She Said He Said: Reading Writing and Recording History

The Oral History Association of Australia, History SA and the University of South Australia hosted this conference in September 2013, which brought together professional, academic, community and oral historians.
Keynote Speaker: Professor Rina Benmayor's  Re-imagining Salinas’ Chinatown: A ‘third space’ oral history walking tour.
Audio/video presentations may be downloaded here


2011   Melbourne, Victoria    Communities of Memory 

Emphasis has been placed on memory as an increasingly significant resource for many different types of communities: for survivors of natural catastrophe and human-made disaster; in country towns dealing with demographic and environmental change; for cities and suburbs in constant transformation; in the preservation of special places or the restitution of human rights; for the ‘Forgotten Australians’ and ‘Stolen Generations’; for migrants and refugees creating new lives; among virtual communities sharing life stories online. Memories are used to foster common identity and purpose, to recover hidden histories and silenced stories, to recall change in the past and advocate change in the present, to challenge stereotypes and speak truth to power. The concept of ‘community’ can be enlisted for change or conservatism; ‘communities of memory’ can be inclusive and empowering, or exclusive and silencing. 
The keynote speakers:
Stephen High, Chair in Public History and co-director of the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling at Concordia University, Montreal
Nathalie Nguyen Australian Research Fellow, University of Melbourne 
Peter Read Australian Research Council Professorial Fellow, University of Sydney


2009   Launceston, Tasmania

Navigating Personal and Public History

2007  Brisbane, Queensland

Old Stories New Ways



2014  Barcelona Spain  9 - 12 July   Power and Democracy
Sub themes:
  • Archives, Oral Sources and Remembrance
  • Power in Human Relations
  • Democracy as a Political Tool
  • Oral Sources and Cultural Heritage
  • New Ways to Share Our Dialogue with the Public
2016  Bangalore, India  

Upcoming Australian Conferences 

Australian Homosexual Histories Conference 2014

The Pride History Group, in conjunction with the Australian Centre for Public History, is holding its 2014 conference on Friday and Saturday 28-29 November at the University of Technology Sydney.
Details at:
https://www.facebook.com/events/316840871822355/?ref=22   Enquiries, email Robert French -phg@optusnet.com.au    
Digital Humanities Conference  29 June - 3 July 2015
Theme: Global Digital Humanities
Venue: Parramatta campus of University of Western Sydney in partnership with the State Library of NSW
The call for proposals closes on 3 November 2014.

The Alliance of Digital Humanities Organisations (ADHO) invites submissions of abstracts on any aspect of digital humanities including, but is not limited to:
  • humanities research enabled through digital media, data mining, software studies, or information design and modelling;
  • computer applications in literacy, linguistic, cultural and historical studies, including electronic litereature, public humanities and interdisciplinary aspects of modern scholarship;
  • digital arts, architecture, music, film, theatre, new media, digital games and related areas;
  • creation and duration of humanities digital resources;
  • social, institutional, global, multilingual and multicultural aspects of digital humanities; and
  • digital humanities in pedagogy and acdemic curricula.

This is the first annual international Digital Humanities Conference to be held outside of Europe and North America in its 26 year history and will be hosted by the Digital Humanities Research Group at the University of Western Sydney and the State Library of NSW. 

 See http://dh2015.org 

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