2016 Conference

People and Place

Oral History in Ireland

7-8 OCTOBER 2016

Western Gateway Building
Two days of FREE presentations, workshops,
projects, and more

Keynote speakers: Mervyn Watson
(Ulster Folk & Transport Museum)
Featured panel discussion: Valuing Intangible
Cultural Heritage in Ireland

Please Note: Jonathan Bell had originally been due to speak with Mervyn. His family, friends and OHNI members were saddened by his death in June this year.

Keynote Address: Mervyn Watson – Sense of Place: Forty Years of Researching Irish Farming and Rural Communities

This year’s theme focuses on the role of oral history in relation to people and place. Our objective is to bring together individual oral history collectors, local community groups, curators, archivists, academics and policy practitioners to encourage lively discussion across the broad spectrum of oral history. See details below to find out how you can participate! The Registration Form can be found below. A map of the UCC Campus can be downloaded here – ucc_campus_map.

We invite attendees to participate in discussion-based workshops on the following topics:
a. Interviewing Basics
b. The Cork Folklore Project – Twenty Years of Learning
c. Why Place Matters in Oral History
d. Music and Local Traditions
Descriptions of the individual workshops are available here. Please indicate which workshop(s) you are interested in attending when you register below.

Project showcases
We would like to hear about past and on-going oral history projects in Ireland. If you – as an individual or group – have a project that you would like to showcase, consider taking part in our practitioner panels, where presenters have 10 minutes to discuss an aspect of their work and the joys and challenges of collecting or using oral histories.

Display a poster about your work in the atrium during the event.

Panel presentations
Individual presentations (15 minutes each) are invited on topics that include, but are not
limited to:
• Oral history and geography
• Recording narratives of collective or public memory of a place or time
• Examining the changing environment and ecology of place
• Oral histories of specific local places (graveyards, hospitals, schools, etc.)
• Changing land usage practices (agriculture, land usage, hunting, fishing, etc.)
• Local folklore, music and song
• Memories of significant local people, places and events
• Migration and displacement
• Film, broadcast and multimedia uses of oral history

Submission details
Please fill out the submission form and email it to info@oralhistorynetworkireland.ie before 15 July 2016 – OHNI_CFP_submission_form_final

The event is FREE but attendees must register using the form below. The registration date is now extended until 3 October 2016. If you would like to attend the conference dinner on Friday 7 Oct. at 7:30pm, the cost is €25 per person but you must pay in advance by the date above to ensure a booking with the restaurant.

This free event has been made possible through the support of
Béaloideas/Folklore and Ethnology, UCC (www.ucc.ie/en/bealoideas/) and

The Heritage Council (www.heritagecouncil.ie/)

Tá an ócáid saor in aisce seo urraithe ag Roinn an Bhéaloidis agus na hEitneolaíochta, Coláiste Ollscoile Chorcaí agus ag an gComhairle Oidhreachta.