Oral History Australia
Giving Voice to the Past

2019 OHA Biennial Conference

Theme: Intimate Stories, Challenging Histories

Dates: 10-13 October 2019

Location: State Library of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia


Through oral history recordings we hear the intimate stories of everyday lives, and we create histories that challenge orthodoxy and speak truth to power. Oral history drills beneath the big histories of state, society and politics, and illuminates ordinary people’s extraordinary lives.

The 2019 Biennial Oral History Australia Conference takes place in our 40th anniversary year. Oral History Queensland and Oral History Australia are presenting the conference, in partnership with State Library Queensland.

Call for presentations

We are currently accepting proposals for the 2019 conference. The closing date is 1 March 2019.

Find out more about the Call for Presentations and how to submit a proposal. Go to the  Call for Presentations page.

Access a PDF version of the Call for Presentations Call for Presentations.

About the conference

Oral historians, in a variety of guises and combining age-old listening skills with dazzling new technologies, record intimate stories and create challenging histories. Our conference welcomes participants who use oral history in their work across the many fields and disciplines that contribute to community, professional and academic histories. We welcome presenters from across Australia, across the Tasman and around the world. We invite proposals for individual presentations, workshops, performances and thematic panels.

The main conference at State Library Queensland will be on Friday 11 October and Saturday 12 October 2019. Oral history training workshops will be held at a Brisbane venue on Thursday 10 October. Following the conference, on Sunday 13 October, a selection of history walks and tours will introduce participants to the region’s rich and diverse communities of memory.

In keeping with 2019 as the Year of Indigenous Languages, a Keynote plenary panel will focus on Oral History, Oral Tradition and Indigenous History (with invited speakers from Australia, New Zealand and Canada).

Keynote speakers will includeAssociate Professor Katrina Srigley from Nipissing University in Canada, co-editor of Beyond Women’s Words: feminisms and the practices of oral history in the twenty-first century (2018), and currently co-researching Gaa Bi Kidwaad Maa Nbisiing: A-Kii Bemaadzijik, E-Niigannwang: The Stories of Nbisiing: the Land, the People, the Future; and Nbisiing Anishinabek Biimadiziwin: to understand the past and shape the future, in partnership with Nipissing First Nation.

Further information

For conference information or to join the conference mailing list please email oralhistoryqld@gmail.com go to the conference website at  https://www.oralhistoryaustralia.org.au/2019-conference.html