11th Global Conference: Making Sense Of: Dying and Death

This inter- and multi-disciplinary conference explores dying and death and the ways culture impacts care for the dying, the overall experience of dying, and how the dead are remembered. Over the past four decades, scholarship in thanatology has increased dramatically. This particular conference seeks a broad array of perspectives that explore, analyse, and/or interpret the myriad interrelations and interactions that exist between death and culture.

"The Gift of Memory"

National Oral History Association of New Zealand Conference, 20-21 Sept. 2014: The National Oral History Association of New Zealand (NOHANZ) is seeking abstracts for papers for presentation at our oral history conference in Wellington, New Zealand, Sept. 20-21, 2014. It is a biennial event that provides interesting and thought-provoking conversations, and the company is warm and enthusiastic. We would love to see a large international delegation this year too!

Twelfth International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities

On behalf of the Organizing Committee and the International Advisory Board, we are pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the Twelfth International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities and the Call for Submissions to The Humanities Journal Collection.

XVIII IOHA CONFERENCE, Spain 2014

Power and Democracy: the many voices of Oral History 9-12 July, Barcelona For those interested in attending the IOHA meeting in Barcelona, July 9-12, 2014, the program committee has posted information about registration and accommodations at a new conference website:

Memory: Forgetting and Creating

Interdisciplinary Conference in Gdańsk, Poland 11th – 12th September 2014 Deadline for paper proposals: 15th June 2014 Contact e-mail address: wowczarski1@tlen.pl Organizer: University of Gdańsk (Poland) – Research Unit for Dream, Memory and Imagination Studies- Please submit abstracts (no longer than 300 words) of your proposed 20-minute presentations, together with a short biographical note, by 15th June 2014 to: Prof. Wojciech Owczarski, University of Gdańsk: wowczarski1@ten.pl and Zofia Ziemann, Jagiellonian University: zofiaziemann@wp.pl

Call for Presentations

This inter- and multi-disciplinary conference aims to examine, explore and critically engage with the issues and implications created by the massive exploitation of digital technologies for inter-human communication and examine how online users form, archive and de-/code their memories in cybermedia environments, and how the systems used for production influence the way the users perceive and work with the memory. In particular the conference will encourage equally theoretical and practical debates which surround the cultural contexts of memory co-/production, re-/mediation, en-/decoding, dissemination, personal/mass interpretation and preservation.

Call for papers: “Travelling Memories: Lives in Transition”

Helsinki, 27-28 November 2014: Papers are invited for contributions to the fifth international symposium of the Finnish Oral History Network "Travelling Memories: Lives in Transition" hosted by the Finnish Literature Society in collaboration with the Academy of Finland. Our intention is to bring together scholars of oral history and life history writing to discuss the travelling of both people and memories across time, place, and different media. The invited speakers include Alessandro Portelli (University of Rome Sapienza), Baiba Bela (University of Latvia), and Outi Fingerroos (University of Jyväskylä). Mass migration and new media are the key characteristics of today's world. Though people have always moved from place to place, never before has migration in all its forms affected so many people's lives as it does today. Even when we ourselves do not move, mediated memories of people living in diaspora and exile are a part of our everyday life.

1st Global Conference - Testimony:

This inaugural conference aims to examine the evolving genres and emerging contexts of testimonial production Testimony: Memory, Trauma, Truth, and Engagement. Broadly understood, testimony is an autobiographical narrative that presents evidence of first-person accounts of human rights abuses, violence and war, and life under conditions of social oppression. It is a genre that continues to thrive and evolve in the twenty-first century and one that encompasses a diversity of expression or representation - from oral to written as well as nonfictional to fictional.

IOHA CONFERENCE/MASTERCLASS SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION FORM

Scholarship application deadline: 15 December2013- For each international conference the IOHA is able to provide small grants for a limited number of participants. The IOHA Conference/Master Class Scholarship Fund aims to bring together international oral history scholars from inside and outside the academic realm, to continue building a unique global platform for professional exchange and comparative oral history inquiry.

Globalizing Palestine

The Birzeit University Palestinian Archive was conceived some years ago, and resulted in the creation and rapid development of a generalist, open, online archive of the Palestinian people, which stores and presents textual and audio-visual documents coming from all sectors of the society, official and unofficial, from late Ottoman times to the present (with the legally-based exception of materials produced by the Palestinian Authority). It is located in the Ibrahim Abu-Lughod Institute of International Studies, and benefits from its multidisciplinary expertise.
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The Anniversary of Takeover of the U.S. Embassy

A Genuine Question

I do not forget the time when the young people had taken over the spy nest and there was a tumult — maybe less than a month had passed — and we had just come from Hajj. Mr. Hashemi, another person and I — whose I do not want to mention his name — went from Tehran to Qom to ask Imam they have finally been caught, what should we do with them now? Should they be kept, not keeping, what should we do?

A Part of Memoirs of a Soldier

The embankment where we were stationed led to the Khorramshahr asphalt road. For this reason, the Iraqis tried hard to recapture it. And finally, near at noon, they were able to settle in the embankment next to the asphalt road and shoot diagonally towards us from there. We had no choice but to retreat. Captain Barati, the battalion commander, ordered two kilometers behind to build an embankment for us to settle there.

Your Problem is Different / You Hinted Not to Hit More

One day, they came to me and said: “We want to take you to the prosecutors office so that the investigator will interrogate you.” We had been famous for the meetings we organized as the Anti-Baha’i Association. At that time, there were many people in Jahrom that worked in different jobs; Among other things, there was a sergeant major in Shahrbani (law enforcement force), who stood guard duty instead of the guard ...

Privacy and Its Niceties in Oral History

Privacy in the process of recording and publishing memories is an issue that has attracted attention of activists in this field and those interested in legal issues in recent years with the expansion of activities of memoirist individuals and groups. Oral history interviews include close and personal relationships between interviewers, narrators and their organizational sponsors. This relationship is important for all groups. Interviewers feel an obligation to the people who have allowed ...