Journal – Call for Papers 

Special issue – No. 44

Co-Editors: Alexandra Dellios (Australian National University) and Maria Savvidis (State Library of NSW)

Migrant voices: Community collaboration and telling migration histories

Contributions are invited from Australia and overseas for publication in Oral History Australia’s journal, Studies in Oral History, No. 44, 2022

This special issue proposes to explore the doing, collecting, and promoting of oral histories with migrant, refugee or diaspora subjects and communities. Papers that explore the migrant voice, and the sharing of migrant voices in public spaces, broadly defined, are invited.

Contributions are invited across the following themes:

  • The absence or presence of migrant voices and subjectivities in the public realm, cultural collecting institutions (galleries, libraries, archives, and museums)
  • The role of oral history in telling ‘new’ migration histories or histories of settlement and mobility
  • Ethical and practical implications of working with migrant community groups in a GLAM setting / public history or heritage setting
  • Modes of sharing migrant voices / methods and creative practice
  • Archiving and preserving migrant oral histories (after the life of an exhibition for example) – issues of access and preservation for migrant community groups.

Papers may be submitted to the Oral History Australia Editorial Board for peer-review (limit: 8,000 words). Before being submitted for peer-review, papers will first be assessed for suitability by the Editorial Board.

Word limits and deadlines

To be considered for peer review, articles should be between 5,000 and 8,000 words (excluding references) and are due 1 December 2021. Publication of the special issue is anticipated in late 2022.


Contributions can be emailed to the Editorial Board Chair Dr Alexandra Dellios:

Posted 3 August 2021.

Key information

Special Issue: No. 44, 2022

Theme/title: Migrant voices: Community collaboration and telling migration histories

Special Issue Editors: Alexandra Dellios and Maria Savvidis


  • Peer-reviewed articles – deadline extended to 1 December 2021, limit 8000 words.
  • Reports on specific projects, conferences or events – deadline 1 April 2022, limit 2000 words.
  • Reviews of books and other publications – deadline 1 April 2022, limit 800 words.

Note that word limits do not include endnotes.

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