2019 OHA Biennnial Conference

Intimate Stories, Challenging Histories

Program overview

The venue is the State Library of Queensland, Stanley Place, South Brisbane unless stated otherwise.



Thursday, 10 October  2019
Pre-conference workshops08:00-12:00Podcasting oral history, venue: The Edge, State Library of Queensland
10:00-13:00Interpreting memories, venue: The Edge, State Library of Queensland
14:00-15:30Public form: Digital futures in oral history,  venue: Innovation Lab, State Library of Queensland
OHA committee meeting16:00-17:00Different venue: Queensland Maritime Museum, 412 Stanley St, South Brisbane
Welcome reception17:00-19:00Different venue: Queensland Maritime Museum, 412 Stanley St, South Brisbane
Friday, 11 October 2019
Day 1 morning session08:15-09:00Registration and tea/coffee

Welcome to Country by Gaga / Aunty Kerry

Official opening by State Librarian and Chief Executive Officer, Vicki McDonald

09:15-10:15Plenary 1: Gaa Bi Kidwaad Maa Nbisiing/The Stories of Nbisiing: Relational story listening and storytelling on Nbisiing Nishnaabeg territory, Katrina Srigley
10:15-10:45Morning tea

Concurrent session 1:

  • Making Aboriginal Oral History
  • Issues in the interview
  • Archiving and using oral history
Lunch12:45-13:45Lunch at State Library Queensland
13:00-13:45Open meeting to discuss OHA Journal with the editors Carla Pascoe Leahy and Skye Krichauff
Day 1 afternoon session13:45-15:15

Concurrent session 2:

  • Making Aboriginal Oral History
  • Creating community oral histories
  • Remembering migration
15:15-15:30Afternoon tea

Concurrent session 3:

  • Creating and remembering multicultural Australia
  • Oral history and working lives
  • Archiving and accessing community history
Awards & meeting17:00-17:45Ceremony to announce the 2019 recipient of the Hazel de Berg Award for Excellence in Oral History
Oral History Australia Annual General Meeting
Conference dinner18:00-21:00Greek-inspired BBQ! Queensland Terrace, State Library of Queensland
Saturday, 12 October 2019
Day 2 morning session08:30-09:00Registration desk opens

Concurrent session 4:

  • Performing oral histories
  • Remembering racism and discrimination
  • Stigma and silence: oral histories of healthcare
10:30-11:00Morning tea

Concurrent session 5:

  • Multimedia performance
  • Remembering violence: trauma and memory
  • Women’s history and family lives
Lunch12:30-13:30Lunch at State Library Queensland
13:15-13:50Lunch time performance – Wild/flower Women: Women who changed the world through art
Day 2 afternoon session14:00-14:30

Lightning presentations (5 minute presentations and 5 minute discussion about diverse oral history projects):

  • Smorgasboard of oral history projects
  • Local and community history

State Library Queensland and oral history


Concurrent session 5:

  • Remembering catatstrophes; oral histories of floods and bushfires
  • Trauma, commemoration and reconciliation
  • Making oral history in innovative media



Afternoon tea

Introducing the 2020 International Oral History Conference in Singapore


Closing Plenary – Indigenous oral history: challenges and opportunities

End of conference

Sunday, 13 October 2019
Post-conference excursions08:00-16:00Interpretive bus trip to Logan City

Bus trip to Minjerribah / North Stradbroke Island

About the conference


Intimate Stories, Challenging Histories


State Library of Queensland


10-13 October 2019

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