2022 Conference: Memory and Oral History

2022 Annual Conference

Memory and Oral History

1-2 July

Maynooth University

The Oral History Network of Ireland (OHNI) in conjunction with Maynooth University Social Sciences Institute (MUSSI) is pleased to announce its 2022 conference on the theme of ‘Memory and Oral History’ which will take place in person at Maynooth University on Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd July 2022. Questions of memory abound in oral history. In collecting oral histories, we invite interviewees to recall now distant places and events. We ask them to explain to us and to future listeners what their experiences were and how they felt. In turn our interviewees recall, remember, and even redefine these memories. What is remembered, how it is remembered, what is forgotten and why are key questions for oral historians and the focus of this year’s conference.

Keynote Address by Professor Guy Beiner (Boston College)
‘The Vernacular Sounds and Silences of Irish Memory’

We are delighted to welcome Professor Guy Beiner, the Sullivan Chair in Irish Studies at Boston College as our keynote. His research focuses on the historical study of remembering and forgetting with interests that include oral history, folklore, public history and heritage, historiography, terrorism, and the ‘Spanish’ Influenza pandemic. Guy has authored award-winning books on history, memory and forgetting including Forgetful Remembrance: Social Forgetting and Vernacular Historiography of a Rebellion in Ulster and Remembering the Year of the French: Irish Folk History and Social Memory and edited Pandemic Re-Awakenings: The Forgotten and Unforgotten ‘Spanish’ Flu of 1918-1919.

Call for Papers

The call for papers closed on 27 May. Download a copy of the CFP as a PDF file.


An updated version of the conference programme and abstracts (PDF) is now available to download.


There will be three workshops offered as part of this year’s conference. Please note that Workshops A and B will run concurrently on Friday morning, so please select which of the two workshops you would like to attend. Workshop C will be held on Saturday morning. Spaces are limited for each workshop so please book early to avoid disappointment. Reservations will be accepted on a first-come, first served basis.

a. Interviewing Basics – Presenter: Maura Cronin

b. Doing Oral History as a Graduate Student – Presenters: Daniel Carey & Matthew O’Brien

c. Beyond Memory: Prememory, Pre-forgetting and Postmemory – Presenter: Guy Beiner


Online registration has now closed. Early bird registration closed on 24 June. Regular registration closed on 30 June. For further details or queries please contact us through info@oralhistorynetworkireland.ie.

Pricing for the conference is as follows:

Registration Rates (early bird / regular):

Full Member –                    €50.00 / €70.00
Full Member reduced –    €35.00 / €55.00
Non-Member –                   €80.00 / €100.00
Non-Member reduced –    €50.00 / €70.00

Please note there is no day rate available.

Cancelled registrations notified before 24 June 2022 will be fully refunded. After that date, please contact us (info@oralhistorynetworkireland.ie). Thank you.

Fee Waiver Scholarships

A limited number of fee waiver scholarships are available. The deadline to apply is 13th June. Please complete the application form and email it to info@oralhistorynetworkireland.ie.