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Conferences and Events




The Center for Continuing Education- University of Wisconsin-Superior has a call for poster and presentation proposals for the International Reminiscence and Life Review Conference in November in Boston. Call for proposals Poster and paper presentation proposals are due by April 12, 2018. Guidelines for abstract submissions and descriptions of the four tracks for presentations are detailed at Abstracts of the accepted presentations will be published in the conference proceedings book, and they ask that posters and paper presentations be made in English. Any questions about proposals should be directed to Donna Sislo by email at The Conference Planning Committee also encourages members to start now to identify nominees for the Florence Gray-Soltys Graduate Student Award for Exemplary Research or Practice in the Field of Reminiscence and Life Review.

The National Council on Public History annual meeting is scheduled for April 18-21, 2018, in Las Vegas, Nevada. See details at NCPH meeting.

Southwest Oral History Association 
Join us in Fullerton from April 27-29, 2018 for our annual SOHA conference, where we will share, observe, and collaborate on the fascinating and important work being done in the field of oral history throughout our region and beyond. We encourage all members, friends, and supporters to attend and to participate.


The International Conference of the Americas, co-hosted by Universidade Federal de Lavras (UFLA) & National Association of Hispanic and Latino Studies, is  May 26-June 2, 2018 in Lavras, Brazil. UFLA solicits abstracts and/or poster presentations that focus on topics associated with the Americas. Topics may include, but are not limited to: Cross-border issues, immigration, people trafficking, sweat shop employment, government, world cup soccer, etc. All non-Hispanic/Latino(a) topics will be considered. Forward abstracts by March 20, 2018 to: National Association of Hispanic and Latino Studies PO Box 6670 Scarborough, ME 04070. Email: for more information.



Workshops and Institutes

The 2018 Oral History Summer School will take place May 15-24 and June 18-29 in Hudson, NY. Oral History Summer School is an interdisciplinary training program in upstate New York that spans the realms of scholarship, advocacy, media-making, and art. They offer foundational oral history workshops as well as advanced training on topics such as memory loss, mixed ability interviewing, ethnomusicology, family history, and trauma.

Voces Oral History Project
Summer Research Institute, July 16-20, 2018
Registration is now closed for this summer workshop designed for faculty and graduate students wishing to use oral history in research. This week long institute will be helpful to the beginner, intermediate and advanced scholar. Instructors include scholars who have created their own oral history projects, have published widely using oral history and are leaders in oral history publishing and teaching. Read more and learn how to register at VOCES.

The Columbia Oral History Master of Arts (OHMA) Program is pleased to announce its
2017-2018 workshop series: Oral History and the Arts
Oral history is an art. The practice of oral history is creative — in interviews we make narratives together with our interviewees, imagining worlds, telling stories, creating characters. Oral history can also be used to document the arts, to tell the stories of painters and dancers and actors and writers and the worlds they live in. And the arts are a powerful means to amplify and interpret oral histories, transforming them into literary narratives, building theater or music or dance performances from them, using them to create documentaries. This year, we will explore all of these many intersections of oral history and the arts, asking what unique contributions an oral history approach can make to artistic practice, and how oral history can help us to think about art and its role in the world.

April 12, 5 pm-8 pm: Columbia’s OHMA HEAR & NOW: An Interactive Oral History Exhibit is a multimedia pop-up presenting the fieldwork of scholars who are also activists, researchers who are also storytellers, oral historians who are also community members. We, the members of OHMA, are intent on confronting our own roles, rights, and responsibilities as producers of knowledge, and urgently embrace the changeability of history. In many ways, this exhibit is an intervention. The telling of the past has been actively and hegemonically filtered, but we can work to recuperate silenced narratives and to change what capital-H History remembers moving forward. Let HEAR & NOW represent one of many efforts this year to recuperate these narratives.

Columbia’s OHMA is hosting one-day of oral history training workshops on May 5, 2018 from 9:30 am-5 pm. Join them for an intensive day of workshops with OHMA faculty and alumni! There are many workshops from which to choose, such as OHMA co-founder and co-director Mary Marshall Clark’s Oral History Research Design through Project Execution: Principles of Good Practice and OHMA alum Benji de la Piedra’s Introduction to Community-Based Oral History Projects. Register now because space will fill up fast.



Grants and Funding

OHA offers up to $4000 annually through the Emerging Crises Oral History Research Fund. Submissions will begin for 2018 in January. For more on the fund, see Emerging Crises. The OHA also has other awards available, which are due April 15, 2018.

NEH-Mellon Fellowships for Digital Publication Grant is due April 11, 2018. Through NEH-Mellon Fellowships for Digital Publication, the National Endowment for the Humanities and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation jointly support individual scholars pursuing interpretive research projects that require digital expression and digital publication. To be eligible for this special opportunity, an applicant’s plans for digital publication must be essential to the project’s research goals. That is, the project must be conceived as digital because the nature of the research and the topics being addressed demand presentation beyond traditional print publication. Successful projects will likely incorporate visual, audio, and/or other multimedia materials or flexible reading pathways that could not be included in traditionally published books, as well as an active distribution plan.

NEH Preservation and Access Education and Training Grant is due May 1, 2018. Preservation and Access Education and Training grants are awarded to organizations that offer national or regional education and training programs that reach audiences in more than one state. Grants aim to help the staff of cultural institutions, large and small, obtain the knowledge and skills needed to serve as effective stewards of humanities collections. Grants also support educational programs that prepare the next generation of preservation professionals, as well as projects that introduce the staff of cultural institutions to new information and advances in preservation and access practices.

NEH Common Heritage Grant is due May 31, 2108. America’s cultural heritage is preserved not only in libraries, museums, archives, and other community organizations, but also in all of our homes, family histories, and life stories. The Common Heritage program aims to capture this vitally important part of our country’s heritage and preserve it for future generations. Common Heritage will support both the digitization of cultural heritage materials and the organization of outreach through community events that explore and interpret these materials as a window on the community’s history and culture.

NEH Digital Projects for the Public Grant is due June 6, 2018. Digital platforms—such as websites, mobile applications and tours, interactive touch screens and kiosks, games, and virtual environments—can reach diverse audiences and bring the humanities to life for the American people. The program offers three levels of support for digital projects: grants for Discovery projects (early-stage planning work), Prototyping projects (proof-of-concept development work), and Production projects (end-stage production and distribution work). While projects can take many forms, shapes, and sizes, your request should be for an exclusively digital project or for a digital component of a larger project.

NEH Media Projects: Development Grant is due August 8, 2018. The Media Projects program supports film, television, and radio projects that engage general audiences with humanities ideas in creative and appealing ways. All projects must be grounded in humanities scholarship in disciplines such as history, art history, film studies, literature, drama, religious studies, philosophy, or anthropology. Projects must also demonstrate an approach that is thoughtful, balanced, and analytical (rather than celebratory). The approach to the subject matter must go beyond the mere presentation of factual information to explore its larger significance and stimulate critical thinking.

NEH Public Humanities Projects Grant is due August 8, 2018. Public Humanities Projects grants support projects that bring the ideas and insights of the humanities to life for general audiences. Projects must engage humanities scholarship to analyze significant themes in disciplines such as history, literature, ethics, and art history. NEH encourages projects that involve members of the public in collaboration with humanities scholars or that invite contributions from the community in the development and delivery of humanities programming.


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