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Annual Meeting interest groups

A key benefit of attending the annual meeting of the OHA is the opportunity to interact with oral historians working in similar settings or with related concerns . At the suggestion of many of those who responded to the OHA’s 2013 survey about the annual meeting, we have built interest group meetings into the structure of the 2013 meeting.  On Thursday afternoon, October 10, eight separate groups will meet to discuss common interests, problems, and solutions.  Conference goers will split up into various interest groups to discuss common concerns and plan for the future.

Groups will include:
• Community oral history
• Independent scholars
• K-12 education
• Military history
• Oral history and archives
• Oral history and digital humanities
• Oral history and social change
• Oral history in government

Interest groups will play a vital role as the OHA moves into the future with a new executive structure and a new multi-year strategic plan.  Among other activities, interest groups could develop panels for the annual meeting (and at meetings of other organizations);  publicize the various OHA awards. grants and scholarships; contribute submissions to the Oral History Review, newsletter, and the news and calendar sections of the website; suggest candidates to the Nominating Committee; provide a pipeline for leadership into OHA; and recruit new members.  Most important, they’d offer a place where people who share common concerns could be in dialogue with each other, throughout the year as well as the annual meeting.  The OHA can provide space on the OHA website for interest groups, both to foster internal communication and to showcase exemplary oral history work.

For information on the specific meeting places, consult the OHA 2013 program guide ( ).     If you wish to join an interest group but cannot attend the meeting, or if you wish to help develop another interest group, contact the OHA office at ude.u1620395993sg@ah1620395993o1620395993.

We look forward to what comes out of the interest group meetings in Oklahoma City!

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OHA 2013 and social media

As we move toward the annual meeting in Oklahoma City, it’s incumbent that we fruitfully employ social media to maximize the impact of the meeting, and by extension OHA itself.  Accordingly we are encouraging OHA members, H-Oralhist subscribers, and conference attendees to do the following:
1) Like us on Facebook.  Only a minority of the OHA membership follows us on Facebook, thus precluding an avenue of ongoing communication about OHA and the field more generally.  Share comments, photographs and even sound and video from the meeting on the OHA Facebook page.
2) Follow us on Twitter at @OHAnetwork.  Use twitter to share commentary about the annual meeting (#OHA2013) as well as developments within OHA and the field.
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Special book signing at Oklahoma University Press booth in meeting exhibit hall

In addition to the regularly scheduled book signing, scheduled for Friday, October 11 from 3:15-3:45 in the meeting exhibit hall, the Oklahoma University Press will be sponsoring a special signing. Stephen Fagin, author of Assassination and Commemoration: JFK, Dallas, and The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, will be signing copies of his book at the Oklahoma University Press booth, Thursday, October 10 from 12:00-1:00.

Assassination and Commemoration: JFK, Dallas, and The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza by Stephan Fagin recounts the slow and painful process by which the city of Dallas, Texas, and a nation came to terms with its collective memory of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and its aftermath. Today, The Sixth Floor Museum helps visitors to interpret the depository and Dealey Plaza as sacred ground and a monument to an unforgettable American tragedy. Fagin’s book both carefully studies a community’s confrontation with tragedy and explores the ways we preserve the past.

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Southern Foodways Alliance Celebrates Oral History

The Southern Foodways Alliance will be represented in one of the OHA 2013 Annual Meeting plenary sessions. Below is their announcement celebrating the oral history archives at the SFA.


Welcome to the SFA’s first-ever Oral History Week.

Did you know:

We’ve had an online oral history archive since the inception of our oral history initiative in 2003. We committed ourselves to sharing our work with the widest audience possible from the get-go, and we’ve tried to update our methods as new media (outlets, as well as tools) continues to become available.

To date, 564 SFA oral history interviews are available online. For free. To the public. (In case the Internet breaks, we’ve also secured a place for them in the University of Mississippi library.) Our oral histories are accessed by everyone from travelers to scholars to armchair food enthusiasts.

For every subject, you’ll find:

  • A portrait
  • A short bio of the individual and his/or her place of work
  • A quote
  • Location and contact information, if the individual runs a public space such as a restaurant
  • A full PDF transcript of the interview
  • A 3-5 minute audio slideshow
  • An album of still photographs
  • A stand-alone audio clip

Why all this media? We want you give you the ability to hear the individual’s voice, read her story, and see her at work.

You’ll notice that when we updated our website this summer, we redesigned our online oral history archive. Our goal is twofold: we want to emphasize new media and an interactive user experience while maintaining best practices for the field of oral history. We will always, always remain committed to the long-form oral history interview. Different forms of media are so inexpensive and accessible now. Stories are shorter, and everyone is telling them—the SFA included. But we continue to invest in formal interviews and creating primary source material that scholars can use for generations to come.

With the help of our graduate student assistants, we’re also working to update older projects with new media.

You’ll notice that our website no longer features interactive maps for each of the the oral history trails. We invite hungry travelers to make use of our iPhone app, “SFA Stories.” (For those those wishing to embark on the Tamale Trail, we do offer a new interactive map.)

We’ve tried to make it easy for you to find the stories that interest you most:

  • The newest oral history projects appear first; you can also sort by state.
  • Our Culinary Trails (Tamales, Barbecue, Gumbo, and Boudin) are featured separately at the bottom of the oral history index.
  • If you know what you’re looking for, make use of the “advanced search” option in the search box at the top right corner of the site. There, you can dig for specific people, places, and foods.

How have scholars and writers made use of our archive? Last week, Katie Rawson presented an analysis of gender in the oyster industry in Apalachicola, Florida, using our “Florida’s Forgotten Coast” oral history project. Dale and John Shelton Reed made use of our North Carolina barbecue oral histories in their 2008 book, Holy Smoke. And excerpts from five oral histories will appear in Cornbread Nation 7, forthcoming from UGA Press in spring 2014.

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2013 La reunión anual de 2013 de la OHA

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.

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