Words & Silences Special Issue

10 April 2011

Words & Silences
Call for Papers
Between Past and Future: Oral History, Memory and Meaning
Special issue of the International Oral History Association Journal Words and Silences
Acceptance of Articles starts on 1 May 2011
Submissions close 15 June 2011
This special issue of ‘Words and Silences’ follows on from the successful XVI IOHA Prague
Conference held in July 2010, and will bring together contributions from a diverse range of
disciplines who presented papers at this conference. The aim is to highlight key academic
and professional oral history work that is occurring internationally.
This will be the first online edition of this revised publication and will feature in English and
Spanish and include the following subsections:
•Double blind peer reviewed academic articles (up to 5,000 words)
•Community/professional field based project reports (up to 3,000 words)
•Book/exhibition/online reviews (up to1,000 words)
Accompanying images, film excerpts, audio recordings and URL links are welcome.
Relevant Themes
As this special issue is open to all presenters from the 2010 Conference, themes include:
1. Memories of violence, war and totalitarianism. The persecuted, civil rights, trauma
and forgetting.
2. Memory and Politics: Experiences of political participation
3. Islands of Freedom: The role of subculture, folklore and oral traditions in society.
Alternative culture, music, dance and identity.
4. Memories of Family: Motherhood, fatherhood and generational exchange
5. Migrations: Exile, migratory movements, diaspora and the search of identity
6. The World of Work: Memories and experiences. Gender and the perception of
7. Gender/ing memories and the making of sexual identities. Oral Histories of gays
and lesbians.
8. Health and Healthcare: health centres, the elderly and disabled; health workers
9. Ecology and Disasters: Environmental issues, natural heritage and cultural change
10. Sharing/Passing on Beliefs: Religion and oral traditions
11.Organizing Oral History: Institutions, archives, museums, organizations and
grassroots groups.
12. Methodological, archival and technological issues.
Theory and Method in Oral History: Legal and ethical issues.
13. Teaching Oral History: Experiences in formal and informal education
14.Oral History and the Media
Organisation and Submission Details
Authors are requested to follow the instructions at:
Deadline for completed manuscripts: 15 June 2011.
Papers should follow the Author Guidelines, as specified and be submitted online to
Acceptance notifications are sent to authors by 15 July 2011. Final revised papers are due
by 30 August 2011.
Submission inquiries should be directed to the co-editors.
Juan José Gutiérrez (Spanish) - juan_gutierrez@iohanet.org
Helen Klaebe (English)- h.klaebe@iohanet.org
Guest Editors
Guest editors from the IOHA association will be assisting co-editors with this issue.

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Loss of Memory in Pahlavi Prisons

In total, [I was in prison] about 6 years in two arrests. For the first time after several years, a soldier arranged my escape. I do not know why! Maybe he was one of the influential elements of Islamic groups. They took me to the hospital for the treatment of my hand, which was broken due to the callousness of an officer.

Hajj Pilgrimage

I went on a Hajj pilgrimage in the early 1340s (1960s). At that time, few people from the army, gendarmerie and police went on a pilgrimage to the holy Mashhad and holy shrines in Iraq. It happened very rarely. After all, there were faithful people in the Iranian army who were committed to obeying the Islamic halal and haram rules in any situation, and they used to pray.

A section of the memories of a freed Iranian prisoner; Mohsen Bakhshi

Programs of New Year Holidays
Without blooming, without flowers, without greenery and without a table for Haft-sin , another spring has been arrived. Spring came to the camp without bringing freshness and the first days of New Year began in this camp. We were unaware of the plans that old friends had in this camp when Eid (New Year) came.

Attack on Halabcheh narrated

With wet saliva, we are having the lunch which that loving Isfahani man gave us from the back of his van when he said goodbye in the city entrance. Adaspolo [lentils with rice] with yoghurt! We were just started having it when the plane dives, we go down and shelter behind the runnel, and a few moments later, when the plane raises up, we also raise our heads, and while eating, we see the high sides ...