Oral History Australia
Giving Voice to the Past

2019 OHA Biennial Conference Program

Theme: Intimate Stories, Challenging Histories

Dates: 10-13 October 2019

Location: State Library of Queensland, Stanley Place, South Brisbane, Australia

Conference links: Conference home page  Registration information  I  Registration on Eventbrite


Program overview

Please note this is a draft program (current at 19 June 2019) and may be subject to change. The venue is the State Library of Queensland, Stanley Place, South Brisbane unless stated otherwise.

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 Thursday, 10 October  2019
Pre-conference workshops 08:00-12:00 Podcasting oral history, venue: The Edge, State Library of Queensland
10:00-13:00 Interpreting memories, venue: The Edge, State Library of Queensland
14:00-15:30 Digital futures in oral history,  venue: The Edge, State Library of Queensland
OHA committee meeting 16:00-17:00 Different venue: Queensland Maritime Museum, 412 Stanley St, South Brisbane
Welcome reception 17:00-19:00 Different venue: Queensland Maritime Museum, 412 Stanley St, South Brisbane
Friday, 11 October 2019
Day 1 morning session 08:15-09:00 Registration and tea/coffee
09:00-09:15

Welcome to Country

Official opening by State Librarian and Chief Executive Officer, Vicki McDonald

09:15-10:15 Plenary 1: Beyond Women’s Words: Challenges and Opportunities in Feminist Oral History (working title), Katrina Srigley
10:15-10:45 Morning tea
10:45-12:45

Concurrent session 1:

  • Making Aboriginal History
  • Issues in the interview
  • Archiving and using oral history
Lunch 12:45-13:45 Lunch at State Library Queensland
13:15-13:45 Lunch time performance: Wild/flower Women: Women who changed the world through art 
Day 1 afternoon session 13:45-15:15

Concurrent session 2:

  • Making Aboriginal oral history
  • Remembering catastrophes: oral histories of floods and bushfires
  • Remembering migration
15:15-15:30 Afternoon tea
15:30-17:00

Concurrent session 3:

  • Creating and remembering multicultural Australia
  • Oral history and working lives
  • Archiving and accessing community history
Awards & meeting 17:00-17:45 Ceremony to announce the 2019 recipient of the Hazel de Berg Award for Excellence in Oral History
Oral History Australia Annual General Meeting
Conference dinner 18:00-21:00 Greek-inspired BBQ! Queensland Terrace, State Library of Queensland
Saturday, 12 October 2019
Day 2 morning session 08:30-09:00 Registration desk opens
09:00-10:30

Concurrent session 4:

  • Making oral history in innovative media
  • Remembering racism and discrimination
  • War memories
10:30-11:00 Morning tea
11:00-12:30

Concurrent session 5:

  • Performing oral histories
  • Remembering violence: trauma and memory
  • Women's history and family lives
Lunch 12:30-13:30

Lunch at State Library Queensland

Open meeting to discuss OHA Journal with the editors Carla Pascoe Leahy and Skye Krichauff

Day 2 afternoon session 13:30-14:15

Lightning presentations (5 minute presentations and 5 minute discussion about diverse oral history projects):

  • Smorgasboard of oral history projects
  • Local and community history
  • Migrant lives and traditions
14:15-15:45

Concurrent session 5:

  • Creating community oral histories
  • Trauma, commemoration and reconciliation
  • Stigma and silence: Oral histories of healthcare
15:45-16:15 Afternoon tea
16:15-17:30 Plenary 2: Indigenous oral history: challenges and opportunities - End of conference
Sunday, 13 October 2019
Post-conference excursions 08:00-16:00 Interpretive bus trip to Logan City
Additional excursions are still being finalised

Details of further post-conference excursions will be posted to this page as soon as they are confirmed.