2024 OHA Biennial Conference

The Power of Oral History—Risks, Rewards & Possibilities

Melbourne CBD and the Yarra River. Image credit: Visit Victoria, creator Jim Zapsalis – Walking Perspective

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 Naarm/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 Naarm/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

Registration is now open. Find out more about accommodation, getting to and from the venue, how to register and details of pre-conference workshops and post-conference tours from the dedicated pages accessible through the Quick Links box on each of the conference website pages.

Updated 17 April 2024


Keynote speaker

Alessandro Portelli

Head short of speaker Alessandro Portelli.








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