Call for Papers – Finnish Oral History Network 2024 – Memory in Movement: Pace, Connection & Introspection

Deadline: June 1, 2024

The ninth international FOHN symposium will focus on the themes of movement, pace, and introspection in oral history and memory studies research from a critical and exploratory perspective. We wish to invite contributions involving methodological, analytical, and ethical questions, as well as case studies. Proposals may be submitted for individual papers or panels and can address, but are not limited to, the following themes and topics: 

• Social movements and oral history. Does conceptualising researchers as activists challenge established oral history practices?  

• The ways in which emotions can move the interviewer and/or responder. What ethical considerations must we account for, when incorporating the study of emotions into oral history and memory studies? How does speed and timing influence how emotions are recorded, analysed, or internalized in our research processes?  

• Physical movement, the body and oral history interviewing. For example, how might moving through memorable spaces evoke visceral reminiscences?

• Digital humanities and changes to how we collect, process, and analyse memories. Technology and how it shapes oral history into a reproducible, codable, and ‘fast’ process. How much time do we need to meaningfully connect with our research subjects? 

• The pace at which change within oral history has occurred. What connects/distinguishes oral historians working across the decades? Has oral history ‘matured’ into a stable and agreed upon methodology?

Abstract Submission

Individual paper submissions require a title and a maximum 250-word abstract. 

Panel proposals should include a title and a 250-word description of the panel, and a title plus 250-word abstract for each individual paper (maximum five papers per panel).

The deadline for proposals is 1st June 2024. The acceptance/rejection of proposals will be announced by 20th June 2024. 

To submit your abstract, please use the ABSTRACT SUBMISSION FORM

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