Oral History Australia
Giving Voice to the Past


by | October 15, 2016

University of Newcastle NSW 3-7 July 2017

The Australian Historical Association is pleased to invite abstracts for panel sessions and individual papers for its 2017 annual conference . This year’s theme is ‘Entangled Histories’ in reference to the growing use of ‘entanglements’ as a key theoretical term in the humanities and social sciences. It reflects the increasing move away from narrowly defined ‘national’ histories towards an understanding of History as an interlinked whole where identities and places are the products of mobilities and connections. The conference theme will explore the ways in which peoples, ideas and goods circulated across the boundaries of empires and nations. ‘Entangled History’ views all cultures and societies as connected. We welcome submissions that consider the value of entangled frameworks for historical analysis from all historical periods, themes and research areas. We especially encourage proposals for panel sessions of three papers.

Presentation proposals must be submitted by 1 March 2017.

Further details.

Call for Papers:

Working with Memories: Australasian Oral History Strand

at the Australian Historical Association 36th Annual Conference

Newcastle, Australia  Monday 3 July to Friday 7 July 2017

This strand will bring together presenters from Australia and New Zealand to explore the opportunities and challenges of working with memories as sources for historical research and production. This is an exciting time for oral history. New technologies are opening up novel ways to create, research and produce oral history while posing challenging methodological and ethical dilemmas. Research funding is generating major national projects, while community oral history is as vibrant as ever, often with a political edge for human rights. We are looking for presenters who will highlight innovative approaches to the creation and use of oral history, and / or who will show how they are using oral history to make distinctive contributions to historical research or contemporary politics. Presenters in this Australasian strand will be invited after the conference to submit their papers for a joint Australasian oral history publication. For inquiries, contact the Strand convenors: Dr Nepia Mahuika ( nmahuika@waikato.ac.nz) representing the National Oral History Association of New Zealand (NOHANZ), or Professor Alistair Thomson ( alistair.thomson@monash.edu) representing Oral History Australia.

Paper Proposals for this strand must be submitted direct to the AHA conference organisers at aha2017@newcastle.edu.au (noting that you would like your paper to be considered for the Working with Memories: Australasian Oral History Strand)

Read full details and submission and presentation guidelines 

Image details: ‘Afghan people with an early make gramophone, c. 1910’. This photograph was probably taken at Marree. Courtesy of photographer, Alice Mary Hopewell. Image courtesy of the State Library of South Australia. Every effort has been made by the State Library of South Australia to contact the Indigenous descendants in the photograph.