The New Zealand Government has given out oral history awards to a number of projects this year. It is interesting to see the diverse range of projects being undertaken there. For the full list click here.
The 8th National Oral History Conference will be held from 11 to 14 October 2011 in North West Province, South Africa. The conference theme is “Past Distortions, Present Realities, (Re)Construction(s) and (Re)Configuration(s) of Oral History”. Click here and then click on the conference theme on left side of page for more information.
The Annual General Meeting of the Oral History Association of Australia will be held during the National Conference in October. It will be held at the Village Roadshow Theatrette, State Library of Victoria, 328 Swanston Street, Melbourne at 4.30 pm on Saturday 8 October 2011.
Here are two examples of school students interviewing local residents as part of their school curriculum. The first is American Studies Oral History Project 2011. Some of the interviews are with war veterans, even recent veterans from current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. The second is a story about students in the American town of Hannibal who have funds from their town council to make a documentary film about the residents of their town – click here. We could do projects like this here and it would be good to find a way to encourage schools to undertake similar projects.
This article looks back at the history of AIDS with links to interviews with those who have experienced the disease and also doctors who have treated HIV and AIDS patients. For more information, click here.
Hi from Ariella Van Luyn, the Queensland branch president:
This article from a British newspaper tells of the death of the last WWI soldier and how these last survivors of that terrible conflict were turned into living memorials. As their numbers declined in the last 10 years they were increasingly sought after and perhaps pressured to “perform”. The journalist speculates that those memories may have been “polished” for public consumption. It’s a well written and thought provoking article. To read click here.
This program is doing a snapshot oral history of about 200 people around Australia. Two members of OHAA (Qld) will be doing interviews in our state. For more information about this project click here.
One of the OHAA (Qld) Committee’s main functions is to provide support to you in your work in the field of Oral History. To that end, the Committee would like to offer three bursaries of $500 to help members attend the 2011 National Oral History Conference being held in Victoria 7-9 October 2011. We would like to stress that at least one of the bursaries will be allocated to a regional member as part of our continued endeavours to provide adequate support to all areas of Queensland.
To be eligible for the Bursary, please provide the OHAA – Queensland Committee with the following information:
1. Half a page (no more than 250 words) about yourself indicating your involvement and/or achievements in oral history
2. Overview of your current oral history project
3. Community benefit: describe how your project will benefit the community (a sentence or two)
4. Describe how your project will enhance the development of oral history in our state (a sentence or two)
5. How are you going to acknowledge the OHAA – Queensland chapter?
6. Did you seek funds anywhere else?
If your application is successful you will be also required to contribute an article about the conference to our Newsletter/Blog. The article should be submitted no later than two months after the conference.
Although the number of bursaries are limited we strongly encourage you to apply.
Please send your applications to our Secretary, Suzanne Mulligan, on firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 10 June 2011. Applications from unfinancial members will not be accepted and we would appreciate receiving your membership renewal (which will be due on 1 July 2011) with your application please.
Sharing this wonderful story with you all about an annual Oral History Fair in Athens, Pennsylvania. This event has grown each year – amazing!