Oral History Australia Conference – call for papers


Oral History NSW are seeking proposals for the next biennial Oral History of Australia conference.

Moving memories, the title and main theme, refers to memories generated across space and time, both local and national, as well as cross-cultural and international. It also refers to memories which have an emotional impact on listeners, remembering which move us to laughter or tears. The theme draws on some of the new directions in oral history that address the impact of migration and asylum-seeking around the world as well as the exchange between narrator and listener that is ‘memory work’, or the emotional labour that is involved in memory practices such as oral history.

All submissions are welcome, but proposals on some of the following topics will assist in creating a coherent conference:

  • Migration
  • Contested memories across cultures in local communities
  • Movement across and within borders
  • Oral history as witnessing
  • Place and belonging
  • Journeys and pilgrimage
  • Sensory memories
  • Oral history and emotions
  • Mobile apps and podcasts for oral histories
  • Digital technology in a global world


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