2024 OHA Biennnial Conference

The Power of Oral History—Risks, Rewards & Possibilities

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Conference home

Welcome to the conference website of the 2024 Oral History Australia Biennial Conference. Oral History Australia is hosting the conference jointly with Oral History Victoria in the historic and culturally-rich city of Melbourne.

About the conference

Our conference theme ‘The Power of Oral History—Risks, Rewards & Possibilities’ taps into the many powerful features of oral history practice including the potential to evoke powerful emotions, bring forth new voices and engage new audiences through multimedia.

Our conference welcomes participants who use oral history in their work across the many fields and disciplines that contribute to community, professional and academic histories. We welcome presenters from Victoria and around Australia, from across the Tasman and throughout the oral history world, from First Nations and culturally diverse backgrounds. We seek to showcase individual presentations, workshops, performances, roundtables, and thematic panels.

Keynote speaker

Our keynote speakers include the legendary Alessandro Portelli. Over more than 50 years, Alessandro  has been one of the most influential oral historians in the world. His keynote is titled ‘Bread and Labor: The Lost and Found Humanity of Giuseppe Di Porto, Auschswitz Survivor. A twice-told tale.’.

Find out more about Alessandro Portelli’s keynote address on our  ‘Presenters page.

The venue

Join us in the city of Melbourne, Australia. Our conference venue is the state-of-the-art Trinity College Gateway Centre on the campus of the University of Melbourne, in inner city Parkville, close to cafes, restaurants, parks, public transport and accommodation. The venue is accessible with a dedicated lift.

Latest news

Conference proposals are no being accepted until 8 April 2024.  Find out more on the Call for Presentations page. A video aimed at assisting those considering submitting a proposal for the 2024 Biennial Conference is also available on this page or directly on YouTube.

Updated 3 April 2024

Keynote speaker

Alessandro Portelli

About the conference


The Power of Oral History—Risks, Rewards & Possibilities


Trinity College, Parkville, Melbourne, Australia


21-24 November 2024

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