Second Iranian Oral History Conference Call

6 June 2010

Documents Research Center of National Library & Archives of I.R. Iran will hold the Second Iranian Oral History Conference on the 30th anniversary of Holy Defense (Iran-Iraq War), mainly considering the oral history of this event with the partnership of Research Center of Holy Defense Studies, Islamic Development Organization Academy of Arts, The Organization Of Libraries, Museums and Documentation Center Of Astan-Quds-Razavi, Library, Museum and Documents Center of  Islamic Consultative Assembly, Islamic Revolution Documents Center, The Institute for Iranian Contemporary Historical Studies, Coordination Assembly of Documentary and Historiographical Research Centers (Mahtab), Isfahan University History Department, and Iranian Oral History Association on September 29-30, 2010. The aim of this conference is to spread the oral history knowledge and cooperation between the active centers in this regard and honoring Holy Defense Great Warriors. The main subjects of this conference are as follow:


1-     Holy Defense Oral History (in the frontline, behind the frontline, POWs, narrators, …)

2-     Oral History Pathology

3-     Oral History Output in Contemporary Researches


All the interested people in "Oral History," Archivists, Historians, Sociologists, and other researchers are invited to submit their papers about the above-mentioned subjects. Other oral history related subjects can also be considered for the conference.


Submission Deadline for the abstracts: June 20, 2010

Submission Deadline for the papers: August 21, 2010


Please send the abstracts in Word format file to:

Please mention the writer's name, occupation, email, and (cell) phone number.


The Conference Secretariat Address:

Iranian National Archive Building, Documents Research Center, Koosha Str., Haqqani Highway, Tehran, I.R. Iran

Phone: 98-21-22258698



All the selected papers would be published in a paper collection.

Number of Visits: 4319


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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 ...

Memories of Hojjat al-Islam Seyyed Hadi Khamenei

Memories from Prison about MKO
Regardless of all the issues, training in prison challenged me and some of my friends, and its main factor was the same cabals, especially Mojahedin-e Khalgh Organization (MKO); it runs in the name of a religious prison and intended to manage the cells openly and secretly, and anyone who wanted to enter this cycle, had to accept the whole organization and its establishment. They even recruited some low-level clerics to achieve their goals.