2019 OHA Conference – Call for papers extended

The deadline for proposals to make a presentation at the Oral History Australia Biennial Conference in Brisbane later this year has been extended to Friday 8 March 2019.

If you wish to submit a proposal please follow the instructions in the Call for Presentations which is available on the conference website.

The Biennial Conference is being held at the State Library of Queensland from 10 to 13 October 2019.

The theme of the conference is ‘Intimate Stories, Challenging Histories’.

Oral History Victoria is offering four grants of up to $750 each may be awarded to any member, and at least one student member presenting a paper at the 2019 Biennial Oral History Australia Conference, ‘Intimate Stories, Challenging Histories’,

To find out more about the conference visit: https://www.oralhistoryaustralia.org.au/2019-conference.html

To find out more about the OHV bursaries visit: https://oralhistoryvictoria.org.au/grants-for-oha-2019-conference

Image of Brisbane with text about 2019 biennial conference

2018 Oral History Australia Journal

Oral History Australia journal cover imageThe 2018 issue of the Oral History Australia Journal is now available for our members through a password-protected section of the Oral History Australia’s website.

Secretaries of our State associations have been advised of the login details and in coming days will be circulating that information to members.

In addition to various reviews, OHA financial reports and the call for papers for the 2019 journal, Issue No. 40 features the following articles:

  • Indigenous Stories, Stories of Place: making digital stories with youth in Bundaburg by Sasha Mackay
  • Community Development and Community Memory – Remembering Racism by Margaret Ridley
  • Access to oral histories in New South Wales public libraries by Ellen Forsyth
  • Passaparola: The Politics of Resistance in Rural Italy During World War II by Judith Pabian
  • An Oral History Progress Report by Zainab Kadhim and Tim Carroll
  • XX IOHA Conference – June 2018 – ‘Memory and Narration’ – Jyväskylä , Finland by Cate Pattison.

OHV members will shortly receive an email outlining how to access the journal via Oral History Australia’s website: https://www.oralhistoryaustralia.org.au/auth/annual-journals.html

PhD scholarship opportunity

Monash University is currently seeking applications from those interested in a PhD Scholarship in Historical Studies /Oral History on the subject of ‘Australian Fathers and Broken Families’.

The scholarship is open to both domestic (Australian) and international applicants and the closing date for applications is Friday 15 March 2019.

The successful applicant will join a team of five researchers working on the Australian Research Council-funded project, ‘Fatherhood: an Australian History, 1919-2019’. She or he will be supervised by oral historian Professor Alistair Thomson, and will contribute to the wider project by researching the role and memory of fathers in so-called ‘broken families’, drawing upon oral histories about the separation of children from their families collected by the National Library of Australia for the Bringing Them Home collection (https://www.nla.gov.au/oral-history/bringing-them-home-oral-history-project) and the Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants collection (https://www.nla.gov.au/oral-history/forgotten-australians-and-former-child-migrants-oral-history-project).

Full details are available at: http://careers.pageuppeople.com/513/cw/en/job/588644/phd-scholarship-in-historical-studies-australian-fathers-and-broken-families.


Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander bursaries

In recognition of 2019 as the United Nations Year of Indigenous Languages, Oral History Australia (OHA) has announced it is offering two bursaries of up to $750 each for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander oral historians presenting a paper at the 2019 Biennial OHA Conference.

Applicants must:

  • be undertaking a project that involves oral history
  • attend the 2019 Biennial Oral History Australia Conference in Brisbane, and
  • be the presenter of a paper accepted for presentation at the conference.

The biennial conference is being held at the State Library of Queensland in Brisbane from 10-13 October 2019. The theme is ‘Intimate Stories, Challenging Histories’.


Submissions to present a paper at the conference close on 1 March 2019.

Bursary applications close 15 May 2019.

Further information

The bursary application form and full eligibility criteria are available on the OHA website at: https://www.oralhistoryaustralia.org.au/article/conference-bursaries-announced.

For more information about the conference ‘Intimate Stories, Challenging Histories’ go to the conference website.

Image of Brisbane with text about 2019 biennial conference