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Conferences and Events

International Oral History Association (IOHA)
Singapore from 22 to 26 June 2020.

The theme of the conference is Harmony & Disharmony: Bringing Together Many Voices.

At the core of oral history is a desire for a more complex and nuanced understanding of the world around us. While we value each oral account as unique, personal and subjective, bringing together many voices – whether in agreement or disagreement – allows greater meaning to be gleaned, refined and accumulated. Oral history teaches us to be considerate and empathetic to different voices and perspectives. What does this mean in the context of oral history taking root in more places and different cultures around the world? Where it is used in more and different contexts and disciplines? Aided and even led by changing technologies? Presented in different forms and bearing multiple uses? This conference invites papers which shed light on the growing diversity, multidimensionality and interdisciplinary applications of oral history.

As the IOHA conference enters Southeast Asia for the first time, the theme is also an invitation for reflection by the international oral history community to consider how we can help and support one another through friendships, networks and alliances.

Our panels and presentations will be structured around the following sub-themes:

  • Oral history, culture and community
  • Oral history, ethics and the law
  • Oral history and the arts
  • Oral history and technology
  • Oral history and politics
  • Oral history and business
  • Oral history and sports
  • Oral history and conflict
  • Oral history and indigenous communities
  • Inter- and cross-disciplinary applications of oral history (journalism, therapy, etc.)
  • Comparative studies of oral history

We are also inviting workshop proposals. Please view our Call for Papers and Workshop Proposals for more information.


Workshops and Institutes

The Oral History Metadata Synchronizer (OHMS)

Announcing two upcoming “Introduction to OHMS” webinars providing a comprehensive introduction to OHMS (Oral History Metadata Synchronizer), including a preview of new and upcoming features being released this month. This webinar is designed for those who are thinking about using OHMS to enhance access to online oral history, or for those who are just getting started.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019 from 2:00 PM to 4:30 PM (EDT)

Tuesday, August 20, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM (EDT)

Workshop participants will get a comprehensive introduction to OHMS and its capabilities, then focus in on the process of getting started using OHMS, the creation of new records, synchronizing transcripts, and indexing interviews, as well as the installation and configuration of the OHMS Viewer. The workshop will discuss both practical strategies for integrating OHMS into archival workflows and the utilization of OHMS by oral history projects outside of the archive. Finally, the workshop will look at different implementations of OHMS and provide a space for workshop participants to discuss and to ask questions.

The workshop will be led by Dr. Doug Boyd, director of the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History in the University of Kentucky Libraries. Boyd envisioned, designed, and implemented OHMS. hashtag

You can learn more and register for the webinar here:

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.


Grants and Funding

OHA offers its own grant up to $4000 annually through the Emerging Crises Oral History Research Fund. Submissions for 2020 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.


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.


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