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Oral History Association Annual Meeting 2001. Bearing Public Witness: Documenting Memories of Struggle and Resistance

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Location: Missouri, United States Call for Papers Deadline: 2000-12-15 ORAL HISTORY ASSOCIATION ANNUAL MEETING "Bearing Public Witness: Documenting Memories of Struggle and Resistance" The Re


Location: Missouri, United States
Call for Papers Deadline: 2000-12-15


"Bearing Public Witness:
Documenting Memories of Struggle and Resistance"

The Regal Riverfront Hotel
St. Louis, Missouri
October 16-21, 2001

The Oral History Association recognizes that documenting historical and
cultural memory brings with it questions, debates and responsibilities
regarding process, standards and ethics. In focusing on these themes, the
Association welcomes presentations that consider the challenges of
collecting and documenting memories and histories that reflect trauma,
genocide, violence, or social/political disorder. Specifically, what are
the philosophical and practical strategies for documenting individual and
collective memories: especially those that are in danger of being ignored,
erased, or forgotten because of silence or denial? How might we document
stories of action and reaction, survival and loss, perseverance and
endurance, dislocation and migration, advocacy and justice, perpetrators
and victims? Can public discourse and personal experience be transformed by
the collective memory of struggle, once made visible? What role should
oral historians play in these processes?

The rapidly changing worlds of media and technology bring another set of
questions for historians. Do historians face new or different sets of
ethical issues in new environments when confronting stories and memories of
trauma, violence, or disorder? How might oral history and oral historians
participate in setting standards for the collection and dissemination of
narratives of trauma, oppression and genocide in digital environments? What
kinds of distinctions should be drawn between public and private
narratives? What is the role of visual oral history, including still and
moving photography, in performing documentary work in the 21st century?
Finally, how should oral historians respond to the new challenges of
accessibility, collection, and cataloguing brought by a digital age? How
will dissemination be affected by understanding the users and their needs?
How will the uses of oral history change with new forms dissemination?

To facilitate a broad discussion of these important issues, the Oral
History Association encourages students and faculty from the arts, the
humanities and the social sciences - along with independent scholars,
activists, museum professionals, filmmakers, radio documentarians,
photographers and journalists - to submit proposals for panels, plenaries,
workshops, roundtables and media- and performance-oriented sessions. We
encourage participants to focus on ethical and methodological issues in
collecting, producing, disseminating and using this genre of work. We
particularly encourage presentations and panels that cross disciplines,
cultures, nationalities and institutions. We welcome proposals from other
professional organizations, particularly those dealing with the themes of
the meeting.

Please submit five copies of proposals. For full sessions, submit an
abstract of no more than two pages and a one page vitae for each
participant. For individual proposals, submit a one page abstract and a
one-page vitae or resume of the presenter. In all cases, please include
the full name, mailing address, institutional affiliation, phone number and
e-mail address for each session participant.

For queries contact co-chairs: Leslie Brown (address below).

Anne Valk
Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville

Jessica Wiederhorn
The Survivors of the Shoah
Visual History Foundation
Los Angeles

Send proposals by December 15, 2000 to the Oral History Association Program
Committee (address below).

Contact information:
Oral History Association Program Committee
c/o Professor Leslie Brown
Program in African and Afro-American Studies
Washington University
One Brookings Dr.
St. Louis, MO 63130-4899
FAX: 314-935-5631



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  • vendredi 15 décembre 2000

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