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2024 Annual Conference

Oral History & Identity

21-22 June 2024

Ulster University (Derry ~ Londonderry Campus)

Registration now open! Early bird rates available through 2 June

The Oral History Network of Ireland (OHNI) is pleased to announce its 2024 conference on the theme of Oral History and Identity. Recognising the pivotal role identity plays in shaping individual and collective narratives, this conference seeks to explore the range of ways that competing and complementary identities intersect through oral history.

Identity is at the heart of oral history, as interviewees weave personal and collective narratives that shape our (and their) understandings of the past, sense of self and relationship to others. The interview offers an opportunity for people to consider their own complex identities and how that has shaped their experiences and memories. This conference will explore the complexities of identity uncovered through the oral history process and to consider how our identities as interviewers shape our oral history collecting and analysis.

Amy Tooth Murphy (credit: Ella Mitchell)
Dr. Amy Tooth Murphy (credit: Ella Mitchell)

We are delighted to welcome Dr. Amy Tooth Murphy, Senior Lecturer in Oral History at Royal Holloway, University of London, as the keynote speaker. Dr Tooth Murphy, who specialises in queer oral history, will speak on the topic ‘Composing the Self: Oral History as Identity Work’, and will also facilitate a workshop. She is a Founder and Co-editor of the peer-reviewed blog, Notches: (re)marks on the history of sexuality. Her research interests include oral history theory and method, post-war lesbian history, butch/femme identities and culture, queer public history, and queer temporalities. She is a Trustee of the Oral History Society, and founding member of its LGBTQ Special Interest Group. She has published on a range of topics, including queer oral history theory and practice, intersubjectivity, lesbian domesticity, lesbian pulp fiction, and lesbian reading practices. Her current British Academy/Leverhulme-funded monograph project, ‘Historicising Butch: Narrating Butch Lesbian Identity, 1950-Present’, is an examination of butch lived experience in the UK and US via oral history interviews. She is co-editor of a special issue of Oral History on ‘LGBTQ+ Lives: History, Identity and Belonging’ (2020), New Directions in Queer Oral History: Archives of Desire (Routledge, 2022), and Queering Desire: Lesbians, Gender, and Subjectivity (Routledge, 2024).


The call for papers has now closed. Download a PDF version the CFP. Further information about the programme will be posted soon.


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. Participation is included with registration. Reservations will be accepted on a first-come, first served basis.

  • Workshop A: Oral History Basics (Friday 21 June), with Arlene Crampsie and Adrian Roche
  • Workshop B: Oral History for Graduate Students and Early Career Researchers (Friday 21 June) with Matthew O’Brien and Daniel Carey
  • Workshop C: Deep Listening for In-Depth Interviews (Saturday 22 June) with keynote speaker Amy Tooth Murphy

Further programme details coming soon.


A limited number of fee waiver scholarships are available. The deadline to apply is 10 May. Please download and complete the application form and email it to info@oralhistorynetworkireland.ie


Register using the form below.

Early bird (through 2 June) 

  • Full Member: €60
  • Full Member reduced*: €45
  • Non-Member: €90
  • Non-Member reduced*: €60

Standard registration (3-20 June)

  • Full Member: €80
  • Full Member reduced*: €65
  • Non-Member: €110
  • Non-Member reduced*: €80

* reduced rates are for students, seniors, and unwaged individuals only.

Please note there is no day rate available.

Conference dinner: Friday 21 June. Venue: Maldron Hotel, Butcher St, €38.


A limited number of rooms may be available on campus (Ulster University Derry-Londonderry Student Accommodation). These are issued on a first-come, first-served basis. Anyone interested in staying on campus should complete a booking enquiry form at the following link: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/accommodation/forms-and-documents/summer-non-students You will receive a reply from Ulster University regarding availability.

A number of other hotels and accommodation options are within walking distance.

Please note: Ulster University has three distinct campuses in three different parts of Northern Ireland. When booking accommodation, please bear in mind that the conference is on the Derry~Londonderry campus (also known as the Magee campus).


Please note: This conference is in-person only. Cancelled registrations notified before 2 June 2024 will be fully refunded.

For further details or queries please email info@oralhistorynetworkireland.ie.

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