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 Encoding: 104 TEXT CALL FOR PAPERS "ORAL HISTORY, MEMORY, AND THE SENSE OF PLACE" 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. COVER SHEET INFORMATION: 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 cochairs: Howard L. Green New Jersey Historical Commission CN 305 Trenton, NJ 08625 609/984-3460 (phone) 609/633-8168 (fax) email@example.com (e-mail) Linda Shopes Division of History, Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission Box 1026 Harrisburg, PA 17108 717/772-3257 (phone) 717/787-4822 (fax) firstname.lastname@example.org(e-mail - queries only) DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF ALL PROPOSALS: DECEMBER 15, 1995.