Call for Papers – No. 45, 2023

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Studies in Oral History, Issue No. 45, 2023

Joint Editors: Skye Krichauff and Carla Pascoe Leahy

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Oral History in Troubling Times: Opportunities & Challenges

Peer-reviewed articles

Submissions are invited from Australia and overseas for the peer-reviewed articles section of the 2023 issue of Studies in Oral History, the journal of Oral History Australia. Articles which relate to the special issue theme of ‘Oral history in troubling times: Opportunities & challenges’ are particularly welcome but not mandatory.

The 2023 issue aligns with the theme of the 2022 Oral History Australia biennial conference. This theme invites reflections on the challenges and issues of undertaking oral history in troubling times, and to consider how oral history can illuminate the lived experience of troubling times both in the past and in our contemporary world. Through oral history recordings, we hear the intimate stories of everyday lives, and we create histories that challenge orthodoxy and speak truth to power. Oral history drills beneath the big histories of state, society, and politics. It illuminates ordinary people’s extraordinary lives and the ways in which people deal with the troubles of their lives and of our world.

As all articles are subject to anonymous peer review, pleasure ensure your submission contains no identifying material. Articles submitted to the Oral History Australia Editorial Board for peer review will first be assessed for suitability by the Editorial Board. Please consult the Guidelines for Contributors and Journal Style Guide for further information.

Word limits and deadlines

To be considered for peer review, articles should be no more than 8000 words including references. Publication of the issue is anticipated in late 2023.

The deadline extended to 16 December 2022 – now closed.


Send submissions to: Dr Alexandra Dellios, Chair, Oral History Australia Editorial Board, email

Call for Reports

Submissions are invited for the reports section of the 2023 issue of Studies in Oral History. Reports may describe oral history projects conducted by academic researchers, museum curators, heritage professionals, consulting historians, community historians and more. Projects may have resulted in public outcomes such as websites, exhibitions, podcasts, theses, articles or books. Please note the reports section is not peer-reviewed; notes from the field, updates on exciting new work, or reflections on the process and/or outcomes of oral history projects are encouraged. Reports which relate to the issue theme of ‘Oral History in Troubling Times: Opportunities & Challenges’ are welcome but not mandatory.

Word limit: 1,500 words.

Deadline for report submissions: Monday 30 April 2023.

Please send reports to Alexandra Mountain, Reports Editor of Studies in Oral History,

Please note that while the reports are not peer-reviewed, we cannot accept all reports for publication and accepted reports will need to be edited for length, clarity and adherence to the Style Guide. Reports will be selected on the basis of quality of writing, the diversity of oral history perspectives showcased across the reports section and relevance to the special issue theme. Please consult the Guidelines for Contributors and Style Guide for further information.



Updated 2 March 2023.

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Issue: No. 45, 2023

Theme/title: Oral History in Troubling Times: Opportunities & Challenges

Joint editors: Skye Krichauff and Carla Pascoe Leahy


  • Peer-reviewed articles – deadline extended to 16 December 2022 – now closed, limit 8000 words, including references.
  • Reports on specific projects, conferences or events – deadline extended to 14 May 2023, limit 1500 words.
  • Reviews of books and other publications – limit 800 words.


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