Keynote speakers


Prof. Paula Hamilton, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia

Paula Hamilton is adjunct Professor of History at the University of Technology and Macquarie University, Sydney. She is a cultural historian who has published widely in oral history and memory studies, exploring the intersection between personal and public memories. She has also collaborated in a range of historical projects with libraries, community groups, museums, heritage agencies and trade unions. Her most recent work is A Cultural History of Sound, Memory and the Senses (edited with Joy Damousi) Routledge USA 2017.

Paula Hamilton

Associate Prof. Ene Kõresaar, University of Tartu, Estonia

Ene Kõresaar is Associate Professor of Ethnology at the University of Tartu, Estonia. She is a member of the collaborative project The Social Performance, Cultural Trauma and the Reestablishing of Solid Sovereignties (SPECTRESS, EC-funded) and project Living Together With Difficult Memories and Diverse Identities (the ERA.NET Plus RUS). Her main research areas are life writing and the memory of socialism and World War II. She has edited several books and special journal issues on memory including Soldiers of Memory: World War II and Its Aftermath in Estonian Post-Soviet Life Stories (Rodopi/Brill 2011) and a special journal issue Baltic Socialism Remembered: Memory and Life Story Since 1989 (Journal of Baltic Studies 2016).


Dr. Shelley Trower, Senior Lecturer at the University of Roehampton, UK

Shelley Trower teaches at the University of Roehampton, is a committee member of the UK Oral History Society, and Principal Investigator of Memories of Fiction: An Oral History of Readers’ Life Stories (funded by the AHRC 2014-2018, www.memoriesoffiction.org). Publications include Place, Writing, and Voice in Oral History (Palgrave 2011); Senses of Vibration: A History of the Pleasure and Pain of Sound (Bloomsbury 2012); Rocks of Nation (Manchester UP 2015), an article on ‘auto/biographical oral histories’ in Oral History 45: 1 (2017).


Prof. Alessandro Portelli, Professor of American Literature (ret.), University of Rome "La Sapienza", Italy

Alessandro Portelli has taught American literature at the University of Rome and is the founder and chairman of the Circolo Gianni Bosio for the critical study of people's cultures. Among his influential oral history works are The death of Luigi Trastulli. Form and Meaning in Oral History (1991); The Battle of Valle Giulia. Oral History and the Art of Dialogue (1997);The Order has been carried out: History memory and meaning of a Nazi massacre in Rome (1999, 2003; Finnish translation, 2012) and They Say in Harlan County: An Oral History (2010).