Friday, December 16, 2011

CFP: Oral History Assn 2012 Meeting (Cleveland, Ohio)

CFP: Oral History Assn 2012 Meeting (Cleveland, Ohio)

Sing It Out, Shout It Out, Say It Out Loud: Giving Voice through Oral History
The Oral History Association invites proposals for papers, panels, roundtables, and presentations for its 2012 annual meeting to be held October 10-14, 2012, at the Marriott Downtown Hotel in Cleveland, Ohio. Deadline for proposal submission is January 20, 2012.
For online proposal submission, visit:

Voices raised in song, in anger, in celebration, in protest, in joy, in memoriam–-all have been gathered by oral historians in the course of their work. Over the years the methodology of oral history has given voice to many different individuals from diverse communities and locations around the globe. They have had microphones set in front of them, and they have been given a chance to have their say, say their piece, speak their minds, and put in their two cents’ worth. In some instances the chroniclers have been interviewed before, by journalists or other members of the media, but in other cases, an oral history interview was the first time anyone outside a narrator’s circle of family or friends had asked for his or her perspective. Oral history makes a difference by gathering up all of these disparate voices and making them accessible as a larger chorus, whether through traditional archives, online databases, books, museum exhibits, theater performances, documentaries, radio broadcasts, podcasts, or blogs. The 2012 OHA meeting will focus not only on the many ways that people express themselves within oral histories, but also the ways in which people craft existing oral histories into other means of expression.

As with all previous OHA meetings, the Program Committee welcomes broad and diverse interpretations of the conference theme as reflected in proposals for panels, individual papers, performances, exhibits, and roundtables. In the spirit of the theme, we especially encourage presenters to think about nontraditional delivery models, such as interactive sessions, dialogic formats that engage audiences, and use of digital media.

For complete information on the 2012 conference, visit

Questions about planning and creating proposals may be directed to Chuck Bolton, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, 2012 Program Co-Chair:
Elinor Mazé, Baylor University, 2012 Program Co-Chair:
Mary A. Larson, Oklahoma State University, 2012-13 OHA President:

For help with submitting a proposal online, contact Madelyn Campbell at