Message #19:
From: AzTeC SW Archaeology SIG
To:  "'z Matthias Giessler'" 
Subject: Oral History Association 1996 Annual Meeting
Date: Sat, 30 Dec 95 12:16:00 MST
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October 10 - 13, 1996  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The Program Committee for the 1996 Oral History
Association annual meeting invites proposals for
presentations on all aspects of the practice and
interpretation of oral history.  We are particularly
interested in proposals related to the conference theme,
"Oral History, Memory, and the Sense of Place."
Historians today are challenging -- and being
challenged by -- barriers between scholars and citizens,
professionals and publics.  The distance between history --
the official, codified version of the past -- and memory --
the personal and communal version of the past -- often
appears vast, and indeed it is a contested landscape.  Oral
history can mediate between these two modes of understand-
ing: in Michael Frisch's apt phrase, it allows for a "shared
authority" in the interpreation of the past as both
interlocutor and respondent -- and subsequently their
audiences -- negotiate the meaning of prior experiences.  We
chose our theme because we believe that much of this con-
struction of meaning happens in a local setting, in fact is
often "about" the history of a locale.

We hope the program will reflect the variety of ways in
which this theme can be approached.  Possible topics
include, but are not limited to:  the construction of local
memories; the relationship between popular and professional
notions of history; the relationship between vernacular,
covert, or suppressed histories and official history; the
importance of locale in shaping community identity; the
nature and role of nostalgia in local memories; the uses of
memory in heritage based tourism.
We also hope the annual meeting will reflect the
variety of disciplines and settings in which oral history is
practiced, and so welcome proposals from academic scholars;
public history professionals working in museums, historical
societies, archives, and libraries; community historians;
media professionals; and independent researchers.  Proposals
from graduate students and proposals related to undergraduate
and precollegiate teaching are also encouraged.
In addition to traditional research leading to
publication, sessions may address the many uses of oral
history in media such as radio, video and film, exhibitions,
and drama.  While sessions may be organized in the
conventional panel format, we also encourage proposals for
roundtables, workshops, media and performance-oriented
sessions, and sessions that invite audience involvement.
The Program Committee hopes to develop a number of
conversation sessions focused on particular areas of
interest, in which a convener will lead a discussion of all
in attendance at the session.
The Program Committee encourages proposals for entire
sessions, though we will also combine proposals for single
presentations into full sessions and, as necessary, add a
single paper to sessions where time is available.  A
proposal for a full session should include a chair and no
more than four participants, including one or more
commentators.  The committee also encourages sessions in
which participants represent the full diversity of oral
history practitioners.  OHA policy prevents those who will
have presented papers at the 1995 annual meeting from doing
so in 1996; such individuals may, however, serve as session
chairs and commentators.  All program participants are
expected to register for the meeting.
Each proposal must include a cover sheet that includes
the information listed below.  Proposals for entire sessions
should include a one-page description of the issues and
questions the session will address and a one-page abstract
of each presentation in the session.  Proposals for an
individual paper or other presentation should include a one-
page abstract of that presentation.  A one-page vitae of all
session participants must be included with each proposal.
Include on proposals only those people who have agreed to
participate in the session.  Finally, we wish to encourage
sessions that are not simply descriptive, but rather focus
around questions, issues, problems, that reach for analysis,
reflection, evaluation.
1. Type of proposal - panel, roundtable, workshop,
   conversation session, single paper, other (please specify):
2. Title of session (if proposal is for a single paper, note
   the title of the paper):
3. Proposer - name, institutional affiliation, address,
   phone, fax, and email numbers:
4. Chair - name, institutional affiliation, address, phone,
   fax, and email numbers:
5. Presenters - include name, institutional affiliation,
   address, phone, fax, and email numbers for each presenter;
   also include the title of each presentation:
6. Commentator(s) - include name, institutional affiliation,
   address, phone fax, and email numbers for each presenter:
Direct all queries and submit all proposals to the program
Howard L. Green
New Jersey Historical Commission
CN 305
Trenton, NJ 08625
609/984-3460 (phone) 609/633-8168 (fax) (e-mail)
Linda Shopes
Division of History,
Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission
Box 1026
Harrisburg, PA 17108
717/772-3257 (phone)  717/787-4822 (fax) - queries only)