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Conferences and Events

Texas Oral History Association
Eighth Annual Conference, April 26-27, 2019
St. Edward’s University | Austin, Texas

The Texas Oral History Association (TOHA), founded in 1983, promotes the use and good practices of oral history research through a variety of programs and publications, including the journal Sound Historian. Comprised of individuals representing diverse interests and disciplines, the professional organization will host its eighth annual conference on April 26-27th, 2019, on the campus of St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas.

St. Edward’s University is a private, liberal arts institution that has been in existence since 1885. This meeting is generously sponsored by their Journalism & Digital Media program and the Department of History.

Join us for presentations from scholars, educators, students, history enthusiasts, folklorists,

family historians, and others who are showcasing their work with oral history. This year will

feature a pre-conference oral history workshop, a Friday evening “Meet ‘n Greet” mixer, as well as a special presentation by UT School of Journalism professor and Voces Oral History Project founder and director, Dr. Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez.

Registration for the conference will open early March 2019. To register for the conference, please visit Registration for the conference is free with the exception of the pre-conference workshop ($25) and the conference luncheon ($10-15). Associated fees are payable by cash or check at the conference registration table.

We hope to see you there!

Memories of Mogadishu Conference 

On behalf of the Memories of Mogadishu initiative, we are very pleased to present to you the Memories of Mogadishu Conference on May 4th, 2019. In partnership with the Ottawa Art Gallery, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), MCIS Language Solutions, the Oral History Association (OHA), the Catholic Centre for Immigrants, Carleton University, TakingITGlobal and Concordia University, this conference will explore the use of oral history and digital archives in preserving cultural heritage and collective memory in post-conflict societies.

Join us at the Ottawa Art Gallery on May 4th, 2019 from 9:30AM to 5:00PM as we bring together Somali diaspora from around the world (Kenya, United Kingdom, Italy and Canada) to explore the use of oral history, memory, and migration.

Please find attached the conference poster as well as the event links below for the full program, registration and social media activities:

Conference Website:

Facebook Event Page here:


Ottawa Art Gallery Calendar:

The social media hashtag for this conference is #MOM19.
We look forward to your participation.


Asha Siad
Memories of Mogadishu Conference Curator



Workshops and Institutes

UC Berkeley’s Advanced Institute:

Learn best practices and workshop your oral history project August 5–9, 2019. The Oral History Center’s faculty will provide individual attention in a small seminar setting. Instruction is provided on all aspects, including theory, legal and ethical issues, project planning, interviewing, editing, fundraising, analysis, and presentation. Recommended for faculty; postdocs; grad students; independent, gov’t, corporate, museum scholars. Apply. Learn more.  Contact Shanna Farrell at with any questions.


Columbia’s Summer Institute: 

The 2019 Summer Institute in Oral History will focus on the challenges faced in documenting the political present when secrecy and distortions of truth threaten the most vulnerable in open societies. The Institute will take place June 17th – June 28th, 2019.

Priority deadline: February 28, 2019
Application deadline: April 1, 2019
Admissions decisions will be released by April 10th

See link for online application and important deadlines:


OHMA, Columbia University, Workshop Series– Spring 2019
A series of Oral History Workshops that take place throughout the spring semester.

May 11, 2019
Join us for an intensive day of workshops with OHMA faculty and alumni!  Register now – these always sell out!

LocationColumbia University, Knox Hall

Registration: $30 – 100 per half-day workshop, sliding scale. Full day video workshop sliding scale from $100-$200Please find registration info here.

For our oral history workshops, please pay what you can. We suggest $30 for students, recent graduates, or others who are financially constrained, while we suggest that professionals and those with more resources should pay more.

All profits from these events go towards our annual merit scholarship for an incoming OHMA student.

Prospective Students: OHMA offers an application fee waiver for all attendees of our 2019 One-Day Oral History Training Workshops! Please email us at once you’ve submitted your application so that we can send the waiver to Columbia’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences


2019 Certificate in Reminiscence and Life Story Work (RLSW)
Register now.  Online courses run March 6, 2019 – August 20, 2019, followed by Capstone Practicum.

This program was designed with extensive input from leaders in the field of reminiscence and life review and other life story professionals to prepare individuals from wide ranging backgrounds to engage in life story work (LSW) in a variety of settings.

It has been designed to

  • Teach the intricacies of LSW including the rewards, challenges and risks
  • Provide an interdisciplinary background in history, theory, research and application fundamental to any type of life story work
  • Introduce the many ways reminiscence, life review and related disciplines are applied in various field to meet client/patient needs
  • Guide first-hand experiences facilitating reminiscence sessions
  • Prepare for planning a professional life story work practice
  • Assist with completion of a capstone project to build student competence and confidence

For more information on course content, instructors, comments from past participants, textbooks and more click here.

The $100 Early Registration Discount applies to both the Base Rate (and the IIRLR (International Institute for Reminiscence and Life Review)Member rate.

If you have any questions please contact Esther Gieschen at or 715.394.8529.  She will be happy to talk with you about how this program fits with your experience and goals.



Grants and Funding

OHA offers its own grant up to $4000 annually through the Emerging Crises Oral History Research Fund. Submissions for 2019 will begin in January. For more on the fund, see Emerging Crises. The OHA also has other awards available that are tied specifically to our Annual Conference.


External Grants:

2019-2020 Fellowships at the New York Historical Society

  • Opening Date: N/A
  • Closing Date:Depends on fellowship
  • The New-York Historical Society is now accepting applications for its prestigious fellowship program for the 2019–2020 academic year. The New-York Historical Society offers several long- and short-term fellowships during the academic year. Designed to encourage and promote the use of the institution’s diverse collections of primary and secondary sources, the fellowships are open to scholars at various times during their academic careers.

2019-2020 Fellowships at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art welcomes applications from scholars of art history, archaeology, conservation and related sciences, education, as well as from scholars in other disciplines whose projects are interdisciplinary in nature and relate to objects in The Met’s collection. The tremendous diversity of fellows’ projects reflects the historic and geographic diversity of the Museum’s collection. The community of fellows becomes immersed in the intellectual life of the Museum and takes part in a robust program of colloquia, roundtable seminars, research-sharing workshops, behind-the-scenes tours of exhibitions, conversations with Museum staff, and visits to the curatorial and conservation departments. Fellows form long-lasting professional relationships as they discuss research questions, look closely at objects, and share the experience of living in New York City.

Brown Teacher Scholar Fellow in Public History

Stetson University

  • Opening Date: N/A
  • Closing Date: Open Until Filled
  • Stetson University invites applicants for the Brown Teacher-Scholar Fellow in Public History. The fellow will support and help develop a vibrant Public History concentration through engaged, innovative teaching and collaboration with a diverse constituency of community partners. Stetson University invites candidates with expertise in any Public History area and with experience as a practicing Public Historian to join Stetson’s faculty. A significant element of this position includes community outreach and collaborative public history projects involving students and community partners. Administrative responsibilities include building relationships with local and regional institutions. Stetson University welcomes candidates prepared to effectively engage the diverse history of Florida and the region. This position is funded by the Cici and Hyatt Brown Teacher-Scholar Fellows Program for one year with an option for a second-year appointment after satisfactory performance.

Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows

  • Deadline: March 2019



Call for Papers/Proposals

Oral History Australia conference (in Brisbane, 10-13 October 2019)
1 March 2019 is the deadline for submissions to present.  You can find the Call for presentations: Please do consider submitting a presentation proposal – we’d love to see you in Brisbane and share the excitement of this preeminent Australian gathering of oral historians.


Call for Papers – Midwest Archives Conference

The Midwest Archives Conference will hold its 2019 Annual Meeting April 3-6, 2019 at the Marriott Renaissance Center in Detroit, Michigan. Long known as a city of innovative industry and activism, today Detroit is referred to as “America’s Comeback City” as a result of its imaginative revitalization of architecture and green spaces, community-building initiatives, and a reinvigorated sense of place. The Program Committee invites session proposals touching on the 2019 theme “Innovation, Transformation, Resurgence” from all areas of archival practice and research and from allied fields.

Possibilities include but are not limited to:outreach initiatives designed to reach and/or document underserved populations such as immigrants, refugees, and minorities

    • “non-traditional” archives which are filling gaps in documentation and services
    • innovative collaboration with allied professions such as records managers, museum curators, artists, educators, social justice advocates, community organizers, librarians, etc.
    • programming and outreach initiatives that seek to create and foster a sense of community
    • the acquisition/accession of new collections which represent a group(s) story that is missing from the archival record
    • innovative methods to restore/maintain collections on a budget
    • new modes of outreach to attract potential donors and users of an archive
    • bringing an archive out of a disaster (big or small) and making a community aware of an archive’s resurgence and availability
    • creative use of space for collection storage, public services, and programming

For further information about possible session types, proposal evaluation, and submission visit the MAC 2019 Call for Session Proposals website



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