Oral History Network of Ireland 2nd.Annual Conference

Voicing the Past: Oral History and Heritage in Ireland


The second annual conference of the Oral History Network of Ireland will be held at the Temple Gate Hotel in Ennis, County Clare on 28-29 September 2012. We are very excited to announce that renowned oral historian Alessandro Portelli has agreed to give the keynote address. Anna Bryson, co-director of the innovative Peace Process: Layers of Meaning project in Northern Ireland is our special guest speaker. This year’s conference also offers oral history training courses conducted by Judith Garfield (East Side Community Heritage Group, London), Maura Cronin (Mary Immaculate College, Limerick) and Tomás Mac Conmara (Cuimhneamh an Chláir: The Clare Oral History and Folklore Group). We hope that some attendees will take the opportunity to showcase their ongoing oral history projects during the conference, which will help to demonstrate the broad range of oral history working happening in Ireland at the moment.

Booking will be going live on the OHNI website, www.oralhistorynetworkireland.ie shortly.


Our aim this year is to demonstrate the broad range of oral history work that is being carried out by practitioners in Ireland from all walks of life, and to give them an opportunity to discuss their field work. We are particularly interested in Irish-based projects, but any proposals under the following themes are welcome:


• oral history and conflict resolution

• work, workplaces and working life

• folklore, commemoration, memory and history

• gender and private life

• a sense of place, community, heritage, emigration


Each panel of speakers will be selected to reflect the diversity and range of oral history in Ireland, and places are limited. OHNI are committed to providing a forum for as many oral history projects and practitioners as we can during the conference. So a limited number of ‘showcase’ spaces for groups or individuals to exhibit their work will also be available in our exhibitions area. All attendees are also invited to register their projects with the network. This register will be available online via our webpage www.oralhistorynetworkireland.ie after the conference.


Please send a short description of proposed papers and/or showcases to Eve Morrison no later than 30 June 2012.