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Call for Papers: Oral History

From an email:

Call for Papers Deadline: November 15th, 2008, Abstracts and CVs; February 6th, 2009 - Complete papers

Remembering Family, Analyzing Home: Special Issue on Oral History and the Family

"Oral sources," as Alessandro Portelli reminds us, "tell us not just what people did, but what they wanted to do, what they believed they were doing,and what they now think they did." In other words, oral histories are sources with multiple layers of meaning that help historians investigate complex questions of memory, myth, experience, identity, narrative, power, and the role of the historian in the construction of history.

The Oral History Forum d'histoire orale is currently seeking contributions that engage with these issues as they relate to oral history and the family,broadly defined. University researchers, community organizers, educators,oral historians, public historians, and others who are working in this field are invited to submit theoretical and methodological papers, as well as empirically-based essays, reviews (books, new media, exhibitions, films,theatrical productions), and discussions for this special edition of the journal.

We strongly encourage contributors to think outside the traditional box of the printed academic journal and thus their submissions may also include photographs, artwork, annotated transcripts, audio and/or videoclips, field notes and any other additional research materials that may enrich our understanding of oral history and the family.

The Oral History Forum d'histoire orale is the online journal of the Canadian Oral History Association (, which serves as the online meeting place for scholars, community activists, librarians, archivists, and others who use
oral history to explore the past. Through this open-access collection we hope to generate discussion on this important theme and provide a valuable resource for people interested in the study of oral history and the family,whether in the classroom or in their own research.

Articles will be published as soon as they are ready, ensuring a quick turn around time for early submissions, and the collection will be launched in 2009. Please send queries and submissions to:
Katrina Srigley & Stacey Zembrzycki Guest Editors, Oral History Forum d'histoire orale
University of Winnipeg 515 Portage Avenue
Winnipeg, ManitobaR3B 2E9
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