2019 OHNI Conference – Oral History in a Digital World

‘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.

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 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 will open shortly, and full information including registration details can be found here. For further details or queries please contact us through