2021 OHA Biennial Conference
Oral History in Troubling Times: Opportunities & Challenges
View the program for the 2021 OHA Biennial Conference including workshops, conference sessions and post-conference tours.
The program outline as at June 2021 is below or to access more detail – click on the button under the Quick Links box to download the full program.
Unfortunately Adam Thompson has had to withdraw from the final plenary session. His replacement will be advised in due course.
- Keynote: Mark Cave, ‘Why Did This Happen? Making Meaningful Answers in the Aftermath of Crisis’.
- Concluding plenary: Well-known palawa (Aboriginal) people of lutruwita (Tasmania) Julie Gough, Theresa Sainty and Adam Thompson explore the significance of memory and history for Aboriginal people.
- Workshops: Scheduled for Thursday 14 October.
- Post conference tours: On Sunday 17 October Aunty Patsy Cameron will give a post-conference tour of Launceston’s stunning Cataract Gorge; this will be followed by a visit to the historic Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre.
Jill Cassidy, Introducing Oral History
Alistair Thomson, Interpreting Memories
Hamish Sewell, Producing mobile-based audio walks from oral histories
Linda Hunt, Interviewing and the art of asking questions
Michael Green, Podcasting oral history
6:00-7:30 pm WELCOME RECEPTION
Conference Day 1
Welcome to Country
Official conference opening
OPENING PLENARY – Mark Cave
Session 1: Oral history and the AIDS epidemic: care, confidentiality and candour (panel)
Sessions 2: Indigenous oral histories
Session 3: Migrants and refugees
Session 4: Recording interviews during the COVID pandemic
Session 5: Working lives
Session 6: Interpreting memories
Session 7: Creative writing and performance
Session 8: Place, community, memory
OHA Awards – Hazel de Berg Award, Media Award, Book Award
OHA Annual General Meeting
Conference Day 2
Session 9: Exploring issues and approaches to Indigenous oral histories
Session 10: Protest and activism
Session 11: War stories and oral history
Session 12: Migrants, refugees and ethnic community histories
Sessions 13: Queer oral histories
Session 14: Ethical and legal challenges in oral history
Session 15: Women’s history, men’s history, gender history
Session 16: Oral history and family history (panel)
Session 17: Troubling oral histories
palawa people of lutruwita Tasmania: challenges and opportunities
Post Conference Tours
A short bus trip will take us to the stunning Cataract Gorge where highly respected elder Dr Aunty Patsy Cameron will lead us on an Aboriginal cultural walk. Lunch in the Gorge will finish in time for you to go on the afternoon tour to the Beaconsfield museum.
A bus will take delegates to the Cataract Gorge for a brief stop, and then down the picturesque kanamaluka/Tamar River to the historic Beaconsfield Mine and Heritage Centre, made famous in 2006 when two miners were rescued after a rock fall that killed their workmate. Includes curator’s talk and afternoon tea.
Mark Cave is the Past President of the International Oral History Association, Senior Curator at The Historic New Orleans Collection, and co-editor of Listening on the Edge: Oral History in the Aftermath of Crisis (2014).
His keynote is titled ‘Why Did This Happen? Making Meaningful Answers in the Aftermath of Crisis’. He will explore the limitations of the media in the aftermath of crisis and argue that oral history has an important role to play alongside journalism in creating explanations that not only help communities move beyond crisis but help them move beyond crisis in ways that make them stronger.