The Oral History Association of Australia, History SA and the University of South Australia will jointly host this conference, which will bring together professional, academic, community and oral historians. The conference will feature a range of themes relating to contested histories; memory, technology and new developments in oral history; urban history, and Indigenous history.
The conference will be held at the University of South Australia, City West Campus, Adelaide, South Australia.
The call for papers has closed and the program will be available in early May. Themes for the conference include:
Further details and enquiries:
June Edwards, co-convenor OHAA (SA Branch) firstname.lastname@example.org (08) 8293 1314
Mandy Paul, Senior Curator, History SA, email@example.com (08) 8203 9808
The last biennial conference Communities of Memory was held in Melbourne in October 2011
Emphasis was placed on memory as an increasingly significant resource for many different types of communities: for survivors of natural catastrophe and human-made disaster; in country towns dealing with demographic and environmental change; for cities and suburbs in constant transformation; in the preservation of special places or the restitution of human rights; for the ‘Forgotten Australians’ and ‘Stolen Generations’; for migrants and refugees creating new lives; among virtual communities sharing life stories online. Memories are used to foster common identity and purpose, to recover hidden histories and silenced stories, to recall change in the past and advocate change in the present, to challenge stereotypes and speak truth to power. The concept of ‘community’ can be enlisted for change or conservatism; ‘communities of memory’ can be inclusive and empowering, or exclusive and silencing.
The conference sub-themes included:
The keynote speakers were:
Chair in Public History and co-director of the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling at Concordia University, Montreal; publications include Corporate Wasteland: The Landscape and Memory of Deindustrialization (2007).
Australian Research Fellow, University of Melbourne; publications include Memory Is Another Country: Women of the Vietnamese Diaspora (2009) and Voyage of Hope: Vietnamese Australian Women’s Narratives (2005).
Australian Research Council Professorial Fellow, University of Sydney; publications include Tripping Over Feathers. Scenes in the Life of Joy Janaka Wiradjuri Williams. A Stolen Generations Narrative (2009) and Returning to Nothing: The Meaning of Lost Places (1996)
The 17th International Oral History Association Conference was held in Buenos Aires, Argentina from 4-17 September 2012.