2020 Conference

‘Storytelling and Oral History’

Maynooth University
Maynooth, Co Kildare

19th and 20th June 2020

In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic and present travel restrictions, the OHNI Steering Committee has decided unanimously to postpone our annual conference until 2021. We are currently working to reschedule dates – any further developments will be sent to members and posted on our website. We wish to thank everyone who submitted proposals for the conference and we will be in touch shortly to make arrangement for next year’s event. We also wish to thank everyone involved in the conference for their patience and support during these challenging times.

Keynote Address by Prof. Lynn Abrams
‘Tall tales and storytelling: reflections on two decades of
life history research’


Chair in Modern History,
University of Glasgow


The Oral History Network of Ireland (OHNI) is pleased to announce its 2020 conference on the theme of ‘Storytelling and Oral History’. Allowing participants to tell their unique stories in their own words is key to the work of oral historians. This conference offers oral history practitioners an opportunity to reflect on the role played by storytelling within interviews, the factors that shape the telling of a story and the potential future uses of those stories after the interview. This two-day conference will take place in Maynooth University, Co Kildare on Friday 19th and Saturday 20th June 2020.

Continuing OHNI’s tradition of inviting keynote speakers of international renown, we are delighted to welcome Professor Lynn Abrams, Chair in Modern History, University of Glasgow.  Lynn’s research interests span women’s, gender and oral history of the modern period in Britain and Europe. She is the author of Oral History Theory as well as studies deploying oral history methodology including Myth and Materiality in a Woman’s World: Shetland 1800-2000 and The Orphan Country: Children of Scotland’s Broken Homes 1800-present. She is currently working on a book on post-war womanhood in Britain and is leading an AHRC research project on the history of knitted textiles in Scotland.

Our conference programme will be available to download shortly. The conference Registration Form can be found below.



There will be three workshops offered as part of this year’s conference. Please note that Workshops A and B will run concurrently on Friday morning, so please select which of the two workshops you would like to attend. Workshop C will be held on Saturday morning. Spaces are limited for each workshop so please book early to avoid disappointment. Reservations will be accepted on a first-come, first served basis.

a. Interviewing Basics – Presenter: Maura Cronin

b. Doing Oral History as a Graduate Student – Presenters: Sam Manning, Matt O’Brien & Fidelma Ashe

c. Narrative Analysis for Oral Historians – Presenter: Lynn Abrams


Fee Waiver Scholarships

This year we will offer two fee waiver places for our conference. You can apply for one of the places by downloading the form here – Fee Waiver Application Form. Completed forms and any applicant queries should be directed to The deadline for applications is Friday 17th April.



Details on accommodation in the Maynooth area will be announced shortly.



Please use the registration form below to register for the conference.

Note that our registration will now close fully on the 7th June. Pricing for the conference is as follows:

Early Bird Rates (until 1st May)

Full Member – €60.00
Full Member reduced – €45.00
Non-Member – €90.00
Non-Member reduced – €60.00

Registration Rates (until 7th June):
Full Member – €80.00
Full Member reduced – €65.00
Non-Member – €110.00
Non-Member reduced – €80.00

Please note there is no day rate available.

Cancellation Policy:

Cancelled registrations notified before 17th May 2020 will be fully refunded. Cancelled registrations notified before 31st May 2020 will receive a 50% refund. Thereafter no refunds will be available. Thank you.


Conference Dinner:

Full details on our conference dinner will be available here shortly.


OHNI 2020 Conference Registration

Please complete all details below before submitting your registration. Thank you.

Please note that our registration will now close fully on the 7th June. Pricing for the conference is as follows:
We are offering three workshops as part of this year's conference: Friday 19th - Select either A or B if you wish to attend one of these workshops. Saturday 20th - Please select C to attend this workshop.
If you would like to attend the conference dinner on Friday 19 June. at 7:30pm in the xxxxxx in Maynooth please tick the box above. The cost is €30 per person for a three course meal, and you can pay in advance via Paypal or by credit card (see below). To reserve a place, we would ask that you book and pay for dinner by Friday 12 June. Attending our Conference Dinner is optional. If you wish to join us, please choose your Conference option and when the Paypal page opens, choose Continue Shopping to then add the dinner to your list.