Oral History Australia
Giving Voice to the Past

EXTENSION: Call for papers Belfast 2018

by | December 22, 2017

The deadline for proposals for the Oral History Society and the Oral History Network of Ireland (OHS/OHNI) conference 'Dangerous Oral Histories' in Belfast June 2018 has been extended to 10 January 2018.

This joint conference of the OHS and OHNI addresses the ethical and legal implications of oral history research. It presents a timely opportunity to explore the many issues raised by challenging projects, such as:

  • What is an acceptable level of risk for interviewees/interviewers in the oral history process?
  • What are the new responsibilities of the oral historian in a digital age?
  • What are the rewards for initiating ‘dangerous’ oral history projects on ‘difficult’ topics, and when do the risks outweigh them?

From this starting point, the conference organisers wish to solicit papers on all aspects of risk, responsibilities and rewards.

For further deadlines and a full list of themes and subthemes visit http://www.ohs.org.uk/conferences/belfast-2018/ 

Requirements for proposals

Each proposal should include: a title, an abstract of between 250-300 words, your name (and the names of any co-presenters, panellists, etc), your institution or organisation, your email address, and a note of any particular requirements. Most importantly your abstract should demonstrate the use of oral history or personal testimony and be directly related to the conference theme. Proposals that include audio playback are strongly encouraged. 

Proposals should be emailed to the Dangerous Oral Histories Conference Administrator, Polly Owen, at polly.owen@ohs.org.uk. They will be assessed anonymously by the conference organisers, and presenters will be contacted in February 2018.