2018 IOHA Congress at University of Jyväskylä, Finland


The XX IOHA Congress: “Memory and Narration”, University of Jyväskylä, June 18-20, 2018

Welcome to IOHA Finland!


The Finnish Oral History Network (FOHN), University of Jyväskylä and the Finnish Literature Society (SKS) cordially propose to host the XX International Oral History Congress at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland, from 18th June to 21th June 2018.

The theme of the XX IOHA Congress is Memory and Narration. The congress focuses on the complex and multidimensional nature of oral history, and we welcome presentations from diverse perspectives. We invite papers that focus on methodological issues concerning the production and analysis of oral histories and life stories. We especially encourage contributions related to oral history sources as narratives/narration and applications of methodological theories and practices. Therefore, the panels and presentations will address the following themes:

  •        Archived oral history
  •        Personal and shared narratives
  •        Transgenerational memory
  •        Class, gender, age and memory
  •        Traditions, folklore and history
  •        Oral history research in different disciplines
  •        New waves of oral history
  •        Oral history, theory and ethics
  •        Oral history and narration
  •        Life narratives and oral history

The XX IOHA Congress coincides with the anniversary of two important events in Finnish history, the centennial of the 1918 Finnish Civil War as well as the end of World War I. The congress organizers would therefore like to welcome also contributions that address memories of wars and other conflicts, narratives of survival, intergenerational war memories and communities of commemoration.

To propose an audiovisual presentation:

Submit an abstract of no more than 300 words via the abstract submission form that will be available on the congress web page https://www.jyu.fi/en/congress/ioha2018 on March 31, 2017. Select one of the themes on the provided list for the scheduling of your presentation. Please provide 3-5 keywords related to your presentation. It is important that you provide details of both the content and format of your work (explain clearly what type it is, and how it should be screened) and any further important information concerning technical requirements. If the presentation is not in English, please make sure that it is subtitled.

Instructions on how to submit your audiovisual materials online will be provided later.

Abstract deadline:

The deadline for all proposals is August 31, 2017. A notification of acceptance/rejection will be sent in November 2017.


All participants must also register. The online registration and payment form will be available on the congress website in January 2018. Please check the website for further information.

You are welcome to join us in Jyväskylä, Finland for the XX International Oral History Association Congress in 2018! Please check the IOHA 2018 congress web page https://www.jyu.fi/en/congress/ioha2018 for more information about the congress, the hosting organizations—the University of Jyväskylä, the Finnish Literature Society, the Finnish Oral History Network—as well as other relevant topics. The website will be continuously updated as the congress approaches.

A more detailed Call for Papers can be found here: https://www.jyu.fi/en/congress/ioha2018/CfP

For more information, please visit: https://www.jyu.fi/en/congress/ioha2018

If you have any questions concerning the Congress, please email: ioha2018@jyu.fi


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