Storytelling and Oral History conference 2021

2021 Online Conference

Storytelling and Oral History

Friday 18th and Saturday 19th June 2021

The Oral History Network of Ireland (OHNI) is pleased to announce its conference on the theme of ‘Storytelling and Oral History’. Allowing participants to tell their unique stories in their own words is key to the work of oral historians. This conference offers oral history practitioners an opportunity to reflect on the role played by storytelling within interviews, the factors that shape the telling of a story and the potential future uses of those stories after the interview. This two-day conference will take place on Friday 18th and Saturday 19th June 2021.

In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic and present travel restrictions, the OHNI Steering Committee has decided to carry out this year’s conference in an online format.  We wish to thank everyone involved in the conference for their patience and support during these challenging times.

Keynote Address by Prof. Lynn Abrams (Chair in Modern History, University of Glasgow)
‘Tall Tales and Storytelling: Reflections on Two Decades of Life History Research’

Continuing OHNI’s tradition of inviting keynote speakers of international renown, we are delighted to welcome Professor Lynn Abrams, Chair in Modern History, University of Glasgow.  Lynn’s research interests span women’s, gender and oral history of the modern period in Britain and Europe. She is the author of Oral History Theory as well as studies deploying oral history methodology including Myth and Materiality in a Woman’s World: Shetland 1800-2000 and The Orphan Country: Children of Scotland’s Broken Homes 1800-present. She is currently working on a book on post-war womanhood in Britain and is leading an AHRC research project on the history of knitted textiles in Scotland.

Conference Programme & Registration

Our conference programme is now available to download here – Storytelling and Oral History_Final. A copy of the conference programme and abstracts is available here – Storytelling and Oral History_Programme&Abstracts. The conference registration form can be found below.


We are offering three workshops as part of this year’s conference: Friday 18th – please select A if you would like to attend this workshop. Saturday 19th – please select either B or C if you wish to attend one of these workshops.

a. Narrative Analysis for Oral Historians – Presenter: Lynn Abrams (Please note: this workshop is now almost full. Booking is on a ‘first come, first served basis)

b. Doing Oral History as a Graduate Student – Presenter: Matthew O’Brien

c. Interviewing Basics – Presenter: Maura Cronin

Fee Waiver Scholarships

This year we will offer five fee waiver places for our conference. You can apply for one of the places by downloading the form here – Fee Waiver Application Form. Completed forms and any applicant queries should be directed to The deadline for applications is now extended to Monday 31st May at 5.00pm.


Please use the registration form below to register for the conference.

Note that our registration will now close fully on the 14th June. Pricing for the conference is as follows:

Registration Rates:

Full Member – €60.00
Full Member reduced – €45.00
Non-Member – €90.00
Non-Member reduced – €60.00

Please note there is no day rate available.

Cancellation Policy:

Cancelled registrations notified before 31st May 2021 will be fully refunded. Thereafter no refunds will be available. Thank you.

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