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2012 Awards

Article Award:

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”


Book Award:

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


Vox Populi

Sherna Berger Gluck

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2013 Annual Meeting Call for Papers

 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:

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: ude.c1618922214nu@do1618922214owlli1618922214m_hte1618922214b1618922214

Todd Moye, University of North Texas, 2013 Program Co-Chair: ude.t1618922214nu@ey1618922214om1618922214

Stephen Sloan, 2013-14 OHA President: ude.r1618922214olyab1618922214@naol1618922214s_neh1618922214pets1618922214

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
E-mail: ude.n1618922214osnik1618922214cid@a1618922214ho1618922214


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Oral History Review Rolls Out Social Media

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.

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Oral History in the Digital Age Project Launch

The Oral History Association is pleased to announce the launch of the Oral History in the Digital Age (OHDA) website at 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, MatrixMichigan 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



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OHA Announces New Host Institution

The Oral History Association has recently concluded its national search for a new institutional home and its first executive director. The process began last year, when Dickinson College informed us that it was not in a position to renew its contract. We are pleased to announce that the search is over, and OHA has signed a five-year contract with Georgia State University (GSU) in Atlanta. The OHA offices will be based in GSU’s History Department. In addition to housing OHA, GSU will also be providing the association with its new executive director, Dr. Cliff Kuhn. We are all very pleased and excited, and we look forward to working with GSU and Cliff beginning January 1, 2013. This move marks an important opportunity for growth and development for both the association and the field. Annual conference participants will have the chance to talk with Cliff at the Cleveland meeting, where there will be a session for people to share their ideas and thoughts regarding the association.  More details will be available in the upcoming OHA Newsletter.

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A Call for Submissions on Pedagogy

The Oral History Review’s Section on Pedagogy

Across the country and throughout the world, grade to graduate school teachers, professors, and program coordinators are integrating oral history into their pedagogical practice.  In order to capture the transformative power of oral history as an educational methodology, the Oral History Review, the journal of the Oral History Association, dedicated its Winter/Spring 2011 issue to “Pedagogy.”

In order to continue to be the leading disseminator of projects, programs, and instructional practices that emerge from the use of oral history as an educational methodology, the Oral History Review will launch a yearly pedagogy section as a permanent feature of the Review in 2012.

Glenn Whitman, author of Dialogue with the Past: Engaging Students and Meeting Standards through Oral History, will serve as editor of this section.  The Review is seeking article submissions from the both the national and international perspective that reflect the experience of educators and the work of students on all levels, from grade school through graduate education.

If you are interested in writing on pedagogy, or have a suggestion or interest in a specific type of article, potential author or innovative project that should be highlighted, please submit your ideas to gro.s1618922214eas@n1618922214amtih1618922214wg1618922214.

This is an excellent opportunity to celebrate transformative teaching and learning and the important contributions students can make to the historical record, as well as other uses and applications of oral history, when empowered with the opportunity to be and think like oral historians.

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Proposed changes to the Common Rule

Earlier in 2011, the federal government has requested comment on proposed changes to the Common Rule, which regulates research on what are termed “human subjects.”  Comments were due by October 26, but it will be important for oral historians to keep abreast of the situation as it unfolds (although there have been no developments posted since the deadline).  The proposed changes seem to be a very mixed bag for oral history and history—offering both an opportunity to address past concerns about the effect federal regulations, and hence IRB review, have on oral history and potentially new problems for history under the rubric of “information risk.”  For more info…

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