Call for Papers
The International Oral History Association is pleased to announce the call for papers for the next congress in 2018. The XX IOHA Congress will be held from June 18 to 20, 2018 in Jyväskylä, Finland. The congress is hosted by the University of Jyväskylä, the Finnish Literature Society, and the Finnish Oral History Network. The theme of the XX IOHA Congress is Memory and Narration.
The main focus of the congress is on the complex and multidimensional nature of oral history. Oral history and life story research can be carried out from numerous perspectives. We invite papers that address the methodological issues related to 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.
We therefore look forward to receiving abstracts on the following themes:
- Archived oral history
- Personal and shared narratives
- Transgenerational memory
- Class, gender, age and memory
- Traditions, folklore and history
- Oral history and different disciplines
- New waves of oral history
- Oral history, theory and ethics
- Oral history sources as narratives
- Oral history and narrative theory
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 memory of war and other conflicts, narratives of survival, intergenerational war memories and communities of commemoration.
The official language of the congress is English, but presentations in Spanish will also be accepted.
You can propose either 1) a paper, 2) a poster, or 3) an audiovisual presentation. Please read the instructions below before making a proposal and submitting your abstract.
Please note that each individual may only submit one solo-authored paper, poster or audiovisual proposal but additional co-authored can also be submitted. If more than one solo-authored paper is received by the same author, the last submitted proposal will be considered for acceptance.
To propose a paper or a poster:
Submit an abstract of no more than 300 words via the abstract submission form that will be available on the congress web page on March 31, 2017. Select the type of presentation (a paper or a poster) and select one of the themes on the provided list for the scheduling of your presentation. Please also indicate the language of your presentation (English or Spanish) and provide 3-5 keywords related to your presentation.
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 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.
Online submission and abstract deadline
The proposals are submitted by filling in an online Before you can access the online form, you have to request an ID, please follow the instructions given.
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.
If you have any questions concerning the CfP process, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We welcome you to join us in Jyväskylä, Finland for the XX International Oral History Association Congress in 2018! Please check the IOHA 2018 congress web page for more information regarding 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 start of the congress approaches.