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 I Location I Excursions

Program overview

Please note this is a draft program (current at 23 July 2019) and may be subject to change. The venue is the State Library of Queensland, Stanley Place, South Brisbane unless stated otherwise.

Access the detailed version of this program - 2019_oha_conference_program_11092019.pdf PROGRAM - version current at 11/09/2019.

 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 Public form: Digital futures in oral history,  venue: Innovation Lab, 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

Welcome to Country by Gaga / Aunty Kerry

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

09:15-10:15 Plenary 1: Gaa Bi Kidwaad Maa Nbisiing/The Stories of Nbisiing: Relational story listening and storytelling on Nbisiing Nishnaabeg territory, Katrina Srigley
10:15-10:45 Morning tea

Concurrent session 1:

  • Making Aboriginal Oral History
  • Issues in the interview
  • Archiving and using oral history
Lunch 12:45-13:45 Lunch at State Library Queensland
13:00-13:45 Open meeting to discuss OHA Journal with the editors Carla Pascoe Leahy and Skye Krichauff
Day 1 afternoon session 13:45-15:15

Concurrent session 2:

  • Making Aboriginal Oral History
  • Creating community oral histories
  • Remembering migration
15:15-15:30 Afternoon tea

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

Concurrent session 4:

  • Performing oral histories
  • Remembering racism and discrimination
  • Stigma and silence: oral histories of healthcare
10:30-11:00 Morning tea

Concurrent session 5:

  • Multimedia performance
  • Remembering violence: trauma and memory
  • Women's history and family lives
Lunch 12:30-13:30 Lunch at State Library Queensland


Lunch time performance - Wild/flower Women: Women who changed the world through art

Day 2 afternoon session 14:00-14:30

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

  • Smorgasboard of oral history projects
  • Local and community history

State Library Queensland and oral history


Concurrent session 5:

  • Remembering catatstrophes; oral histories of floods and bushfires
  • Trauma, commemoration and reconciliation
  • Making oral history in innovative media



Afternoon tea

Introducing the 2020 International Oral History Conference in Singapore


Closing Plenary - 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

Bus trip to Minjerribah / North Stradbroke Island 

Post conference excursions - Buses depart and return fromt he State Library of Queensland, Stanley Place, South Brisbane