2004 Oral History Association Annual Meeting
September 29 - October 3, 2004
"Telling Stories: Narratives of Our Own Times"
The Oral History Association invites proposals for papers and
presentations for its 2004 annual meeting to be held September
29-October 3, 2004, at the Hilton & Executive Tower, Portland, Oregon.
"Telling Stories," the conference theme, invokes both the practice of
oral history and the unique ability of oral history to capture stories
that are especially revealing and meaningful. The present historical
moment lends an especial urgency to this call. War in Iraq, the attacks
on the World Trade Center, the Seattle protests over the World Trade
Organization, the enormity and significance of these events, and many
others, urge us to record and interpret the narratives of our own times,
not only the cataclysmic events at the turn of the twenty-first century,
but also the sweep of the twentieth century that lies within living
memory. While recent events suggest histories of conflict, change and
rupture, the practice of oral history offers the possibility of bridging
differences, finding commonalities, and tracing continuity. Turning
lives into stories can help individuals and communities negotiate
wrenching social and economic changes and undermine hierarchies of power
and dominance. We are eager for presenters to help set an agenda for
the myriad of stories of our times that need to be recorded and suggest
new ways of preserving and disseminating them.
We invite proposals that examine narratives that are meaningful at
local, regional, national, and international levels. Among the topics
for which we invite proposals are:
globalization, new forms of labor, and the changing nature of
work, education, and knowledge
the building of, and conflicts surrounding, imperial states,
past and present
transformations of local economies, cultures, and environments
migrations: local, regional, national, and international
new forms of social and political protest, including antiwar
farm labor, culture and agriculture
the relationship of the arts to social, political, and cultural
corporate behavior and misbehavior, and the responsibility of
business to civic and
new diseases and crises of health and safety.
We also invite proposals for presentations that reflect on the process
of oral history:
how narratives of democracy and dissent shape political practice
how telling stories across generations creates a usable past
how oral history reveals the connections between seemingly
the role of emotion in oral history, including humor and irony,
pain and trauma
the theoretical and methodological issues involved in recording
an oral history of
events as they unfold.
The conference location in the Pacific Northwest and on the Pacific Rim
offers an opportunity to examine issues of particular regional
the histories, cultures, and struggles of the region's native
local and regional industries, from logging to high tech to
land, water, and the environment
local and regional variations on protest movements, including
regional developments in art, music, and culture
the connections between the United States and Asia.
We invite proposals from oral history practitioners in a wide variety of
disciplines and settings, as we hope to bring together scholars,
teachers, students, museum professionals, public historians, activists,
filmmakers, radio documentarians, photographers, and journalists. While
sessions may be organized in the customary panel format, we also
encourage proposals for workshops, poster sessions, media and
performance-oriented sessions, off-site sessions, and formats other than
conventional conference presentations.
Proposals: Submit five copies of the proposal. For full sessions,
submit a title, a session abstract of not more than two pages, and a
one-page vita or resume for each participant. For individual proposals,
submit a one-page abstract and a one-page vita or resume of the
presenter. Each submission must be accompanied by a cover sheet, which
can be printed from the OHA web site: www.dickinson.edu/oha.
Proposals must be postmarked by January 15, 2004. They may be submitted
by mail or fax. No email attachments will be accepted. Submit proposal
directly to the OHA office (see below).
Queries may be directed to the Program Co-Chairs:
Lu Ann Jones
Department of History
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC 27858
Department of History
University of San Francisco
2130 Fulton St.
San Francisco, CA 94117-1080
Proposals should be sent by January 15, 2004 to the address below.
For UPS or FEDEX:Add the following:
Holland Union Building
College and Louther Sts.
Oral History Association
P.O. Box 1773
Carlisle, PA 17013
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