The OHA is delighted to announce the hiring of Gayle Knight as the new program associate in the OHA executive office. Gayle brings outstanding credentials to the position. For the past five years, she has been the housing and registration coordinator for the Society of Biblical Literature, a scholarly organization which in conjunction with the American Academy of Religion sponsors an annual meeting of close to 10,000 people, along with an international meeting and several regional meetings. In that capacity, Gayle has extensive experience working with hotels, supervising registration, dealing with exhibitors and advertisers, and offering membership support. She also has a degree in architectural history from the University of Virginia and a master’s degree in historic preservation from Cornell, and had her own city planning consulting firm, mainly handling community development block grants for smaller municipalities in metro Atlanta.
The Oral History Association announces a grant of up to $4,000 to undertake oral history research in situations of crisis research in the United States and internationally. These funds may be applied to travel, per diem, or transcription costs for research in places and situations in which a longer application time schedule may be problematic. Such crisis situations include but are not limited to wars, natural disasters, political and or economic/ethnic repression, or other currently emerging events of crisis proportions. Click here for more information.
La reunión anual de 2013 de la OHA
(siglas del inglés, Oral History Association – la Asociación de la Historia Oral)
el 9 – 13 de octubre de 2013
El Hotel Skirvin
La Ciudad de Oklahoma, OK, EE.UU.
Fecha límite: finita
Historias ocultas, verdades impugnadas: el arte de la Historia Oral
La reunión de la Asociación de la Historia Oral ofrecerá la oportunidad de presentar las maneras que se ha usado la historia oral para descubrir historias escondidas e impugnar verdades aceptadas. Por este trabajo que trata del silencio, la historia oral provee un método por el cual las experiencias desconocidas y perspectivas nuevas pueden salir a la luz y darles a los investigadores y a las comunidades un conocimiento más profundo del pasado. Tiene el poder de resistir los estereotipos y desafiar las generalizaciones sencillas. Los organizadores de la conferencia solicitan propuestas para paneles de discusión o para investigaciones individuales que exploran los modos por los cuales la historia oral ha registrado y presentado contranarrativas ctíticas, traendo la diversidad necesaria y la complejidad elevada al estudio de eventos, ideas, o asuntos. Esperamos que los historiadores orales de una amplia gama de entornos y disciplinas contribuyan a la discusión de cómo su trabajo ha descubierto historias nuevas o desafiado nociones populares.
Para 2013, la Ciudad de Oklahoma ofrece un ambiente ideal para ser el sitio anfitrión de este discurso. Desde su fundación instantánea durante el “Land Run” (la contienda para las tierras) de 1889, la rica historia de la Ciudad de Oklahoma pasa de grandes triunfos a tragedias profundas. OKC (la Ciudad de Oklahoma) hoy se queda como un centro urbano clave entre los estados por las llanuras de los EE.UU. de Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, Dakota del Sur y Dakota del Norte. Es un lugar donde las distintivas influencias regionales del Sur y el Medio Oeste se mezclan con las convenciones del Oeste americano. El lugar para nuestra reunión de 2013 es el gran hotel Skirvin Hilton. Abierto en 1911, el hotel está en el Registro Nacional de Lugares Históricos y se encuentra en el corazón de una ciudad que ha experimentado un renacimiento espectacular en los últimos veinte años que se centra en un distrito fluvial revitalizado.
Al igual que todas las reuniones anteriores de la OHA, el Comité de Programas acoge las interpretaciones variadas y diversas del tema de la conferencia como se refleja en las propuestas para paneles de discusión, ponencias individuales, funciones, exposiciones y mesas redondas. En el espíritu del tema, hacemos un llamado especial a los presentadores para considerar modelos de expresión no tradicionales, tales como sesiones interactivas, los formatos dialógicos que le atraen al público, y el uso de los medios digitales.
Se recuerda a los presentadores de incorporar la voz y la imagen en sus presentaciones. OHA está dispuesta a las propuestas de la variedad de ámbitos tradicionalmente representados en las reuniones, incluyendo pero no limitado a, la historia, el folclore, la literatura, la sociología, la antropología, los estudios americanos y étnicos, estudios culturales, estudios de género, la ciencia política, la informática y la tecnología, las comunicaciones y los estudios urbanos.
Winner – Richard Santhiago (Universidade de São Paulo)– for “The Dissonant Lives of Brazilian Black Non-Samba Singers”
Honorable mention: Charise Cheney (University of Oregon–” Blacks on Brown: Intra-Community Debates over School Desegregation in Topeka, Kansas, 1941–1955”
For the US – Susan Chandler and Jill Jones, the University of Nevada Reno – for Casino Women: Courage in Unexpected Places (Cornell University Press)-
For the International – Alistair Thomson (Monash University, Australia) – Moving Stories: An Intimate History of Four Women Across Two Countries (Manchester University Press) –
Honorable Mention – Voice of Witness publication program (McKenna Stayner?) – for Patriot Acts: Narratives of Post 9/11 Injustice and Inside this Place and Not of It: Narratives From Women’s Prisons
Elizabeth B. Mason Large major project award
George Mitchell Project , Bowdoin College -(Richard Lindeman)
Non-print media project award – Centre d’histoire (sant distwa) de Montréal‘s in Canada – “Lost Neighbourhoods” project
Sherna Berger Gluck
Hidden Stories, Contested Truths: The Craft of Oral History
2013 OHA Annual Meeting
October 9 – October 13, 2013
The Skirvin Hilton Hotel
Oklahoma City, OK
Deadline: January 18, 2013
The 2013 annual meeting of the Oral History Association will offer an opportunity to showcase the ways in which oral history has been used to unearth hidden stories and contest accepted truths. Through work to address silences, oral history provides a method by which unknown experiences and fresh perspectives can come to light and provide scholars and communities a more robust understanding of the past. It holds the power to defy stereotypes and challenge simple generalizations. Conference organizers invite proposals for panels or individual papers exploring the ways in which oral history has recorded and presented critical counter narratives, bringing needed diversity and enhanced complexity to the study of events, ideas, or issues. Our hope is that oral historians from a wide range of settings and disciplines will contribute to this discussion of how their work has uncovered new stories or defied popular notions.
For 2013, Oklahoma City offers an ideal setting to host this discussion. Since its instant founding during the Land Run of 1889, Oklahoma City’s rich history runs from great triumph to profound tragedy. OKC now stands as a key metropolitan center among the Plains States of Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota and North Dakota. It is a place where the distinctive regional influences of the South and Midwest mix with the conventions of the American West. The location for our 2013 meeting is the city’s grand Skirvin Hilton Hotel. Opened in 1911, the hotel is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and stands in the heart of a downtown that has undergone a dramatic renaissance in the past twenty years centered on a revitalized river district.
As with all previous OHA meetings, the Program Committee welcomes broad and diverse interpretations of the conference theme as reflected in proposals for panels, individual papers, performances, exhibits, and roundtables. In the spirit of the theme, we especially encourage presenters to think about nontraditional delivery models, such as interactive sessions, dialogic formats that engage audiences, and use of digital media.
Presenters are reminded to incorporate voice and image in their presentations. OHA is open to proposals from the variety of fields traditionally represented in our meetings, including, but not limited to, history, folklore, literature, sociology, anthropology, American and ethnic studies, cultural studies, gender studies, political science, information science and technology, communications, and urban studies.
In recognition of the important work occurring outside the United States, we also hope to have a significant international presence at the meeting. And, as always, OHA welcomes proposals from independent scholars, community activists and organizers, archivists, librarians, museum curators, web designers, documentary producers, media artists, ethnographers, public historians, and all practitioners whose work is relevant to this meeting’s focus on the craft of oral history.
If accepted, international presenters may apply for partial scholarships, made available by OHA in support of international presentations. Please note that OHA’s resources allow for limited support. Small scholarships are also available for accepted presenters or others who attend the meeting.
Proposal format: For full sessions, submit a title, a session abstract of not more than two pages, and a one-page vita or resume for each participant. For individual proposals, submit a one-page abstract and a one-page vita or resume of the presenter. Each submission can be entered on the web at: http://forms.oralhistory.org/proposal/login.cfm
The deadline for submission of all proposals is January 18, 2013.
Proposal queries may be directed to:
Beth Millwood, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2013 Program Co-Chair: email@example.com
Todd Moye, University of North Texas, 2013 Program Co-Chair: firstname.lastname@example.org
Stephen Sloan, 2013-14 OHA President: email@example.com
For submission queries or more information, contact:
Madelyn Campbell, Executive Secretary
Oral History Association
Dickinson College, P. O. Box 1773
Carlisle, PA 17013
Telephone (717) 245-1036 Fax: (717) 245-1046
With the arrival of the new issue of the Oral History Review, the OHR’s editorial team wants to announce the arrival of its new effort to reach current and future OHA members (and OHR subscribers) through social media. Click here to read more about this initiative.
We who are leading our new social media effort are always interested in feedback. So send questions, comments, concerns, or ideas for future blog posts to Managing Editor Troy Reeves.
2012 Oral History Association Annual Meeting
October 10 – 14, 2012
Cleveland Marriott at Key Center
This year those wishing to attend the 2012 Oral History Association Annual Meeting will be able to register online by accessing the following URL:
Member – All Days: $140 One Day: $85
Non-Member – All Days: $165 One Day: $105
You will be able to pay by credit card, but for those who wish to pay by check, you may still use the online system. You will be given the option at the end to pay later by check and then will be sent instructions on how to do so. We encourage you to use the online system after looking over the program materials so you will be able to take full advantage of all the exciting events, sessions, workshops and tours that are planned. If you are unable to register online, please contact OHA at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling Madelyn Campbell, Executive Secretary,
All registered participants are responsible for making their own lodging and transportation reservations. Please identify the Oral History Association to obtain our discounted hotel rate: $147.00/single/double.
Cleveland Marriott Key Center, 127 Public Square, Cleveland, OH 44114. 216-696-9200.
We encourage you to stay at the Marriott and enjoy the convenience of being close to all the activities.
Rates available until September 17, only if our block is still available. Be sure to register early.
Hotels abound in downtown Cleveland ranging in cost from about $100 nightly to over $300, based on their proximity to Public Square and/or the Mall, both at the Center of the Downtown. Less expensive hotels typically can be found on the edges of downtown, usually between $80 and $125 nightly. These include the Comfort Inn (1800 Euclid Avenue), Hampton Inn (1460 E. 9th Street),The Radisson Gateway (651 Huron Road East), or the Hilton Garden Inn (1100 Carnegie Avenue), or Wyndham, Playhouse Square (1260 Euclid Avenue).
The Cleveland Hostel, a 60-bed Hostel, is slated to open in June 2012 and could be available for the conference at $25 per night. It is adjacent to the West Side Market and easily accessible to downtown via public transit. Check the Hostel’s website often to see when it opens: http://theclevelandhostel.com.
This year, for the first time, an oral history THATCamp is being held in conjunction with the Oral History Association conference. In order for this event to go forward, we need to have at least 25 people registered by September 21st. If you were considering signing up for this THATCamp, please do so as quickly as possible. If you will be attending the OHA conference, you can register for THATCamp in the “workshops” section of the registration form at http://a3.acteva.com/orderbooking/go/oha2012 . If you will not be going to the OHA meetings but would still like to participate in this THATCamp, please visit http://oha2012.thatcamp.org/.
The Oral History Association is pleased to announce the launch of the Oral History in the Digital Age (OHDA) website at ohda.matrix.msu.edu. The website features numerous essays, articles, and videos about best practices in collecting, preserving, and disseminating digital oral histories. This resource a product of an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) National Leadership project and a collaboration among the Michigan State University Digital Humanities Center, Matrix, Michigan State University Museum, the Smithsonian Institution Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, the Library of Congress’ American Folklife Center, the American Folklore Society, and the Oral History Association. Seven interdisciplinary working groups composed of experts and practitioners from museums, libraries, and scholarly societies worked to produce recommendations around core topics including intellectual property, transcriptions, digital video, technology, scholarship, preservation, and access. Final recommendations from all groups were compiled and published on the OHDA website as a guide to conducting digital oral history.
The need for this project stems from the way in which twenty-first century, digital technologies are transforming oral history. As mobile devices, digital recorders, online repositories and the like become more prevalent, oral historians need to be educated as to new methods available— as well as the risks and rewards of those methods. The OHDA essay collection is a valuable and timely resource and one that the OHA is proud to be a part of. We welcome you to investigate the sources listed at ohda.matrix.msu.edu