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2019 Conference

‘Oral History in a Digital World’

Mary Immaculate College, Limerick

28th and 29th June 2019

Keynote Address by Doug Boyd
Director of the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History,
University of Kentucky
and manager of Oral History in the Digital Age

The Oral History Network of Ireland (OHNI) is pleased to announce its 2019 conference on the theme of ‘Oral History in a Digital World’. Collecting oral history in digital formats and putting recordings online is increasingly becoming standard practice for oral historians, as such this conference offers a timely opportunity to consider the possibilities and challenges offered by technological advances and wider accessibility to collections through online platforms. This two-day conference will take place in Mary Immaculate College, Limerick on Friday 28th and Saturday 29th June 2019.

Continuing OHNI’s tradition of inviting keynote speakers of international renown, we are delighted to welcome Director of the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky, past president of the Oral History Association and manager of Oral History in the Digital Age, Doug Boyd to this year’s conference. Doug is a key innovator in the archiving and dissemination of oral history and leads the team who developed the free, open source OHMS system which synchronises text with audio and video online. He is the co-editor (with Mary A. Larson) of the book Oral History and Digital Humanities: Voice, Access, and Engagement published by Palgrave MacMillan in 2014.

Conference contributions are welcome in a range of formats:
– Standard conference papers (20 minutes)
– 10-minute presentations for our ‘Moments’ panels, focusing on outstanding or memorable individuals, experiences, and/or incidents that influenced or changed the way the presenter  practices oral history
– Posters and visual presentations

While we welcome proposals on any topic related to oral history, we are particularly interested in proposals that take an imaginative approach to the ‘Oral History in a Digital World’ conference theme. Potential topics could include (but are not limited to):

– Collecting, archiving and disseminating digital oral histories
– Technological possibilities and challenges
– Methods and techniques
– From tapes and CDs to digital formats
– Increasing access and engagement with digital tools
– Digital oral history in the classroom
– Social media and oral history
– Ethical and legal issues of online oral histories
– Re-using online oral history collections
– Innovative online projects

You can download a copy of our Call for Papers here – CFP Oral History in a Digital World 2019.

To propose a paper, please submit an abstract (of not more than 250 words) along with your name, the name of your group, organisation or institution, and your email address to info@oralhistorynetworkireland.ie before Friday 22nd February 2019 at 5pm. All proposals must demonstrate a clear engagement with oral history and/or personal testimony and we actively encourage the use of audio clips. The conference committee’s decision on successful abstracts will be communicated to potential presenters in March.

Registration for the conference  is now open, and further information will shortly be posted here on our website. For further details or queries please contact us through info@oralhistorynetworkireland.ie.

Registration:

Please use the registration form below to register for the conference. Note that our registration will now close fully on Monday 17th June at 6.00pm. Pricing for the conference is as follows:

Registration Rates:

Early bird (before 6.00pm on Friday 26 April):
Members/unwaged members  – €60/€45
Non-members/unwaged non-members €90/€60

Late Registration (after 6.00pm on Friday 26 April):
Members/unwaged members €80/€65
Non-members/unwaged non-members €110/€80

Registration will open soon, so please check back with us shortly!