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      FW: OHA 2001 Bearing Public Witness: Documenting Memories of Struggle and Resistance, Deadline 12/15/2000

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      From: Don [mailto:dbain@...]
      Sent: Tuesday, October 17, 2000 6:45 PM
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      Subject: CFP: OHA 2001 Bearing Public Witness: Documenting Memories of
      Struggle and Resistance, Deadline 12/15/2000

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      Subject: CFP:  OHA 2001 Bearing Public Witness: Documenting Memories
      ofStruggle and Resistance, Deadline 12/15/2000
      Date: Tue, 17 Oct 2000 15:36:22 -0400
      From: "Jeffrey G. Charnley" <charnle2@...>
      Reply-To: H-NET/OHA Discussion List on Oral
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      "Bearing Public Witness: Documenting Memories of Struggle and

      The Regal Riverfront Hotel
      St. Louis, Missouri
      October 16-21, 2001

      The Oral History Association recognizes that documenting historical and
      cultural memory brings with it questions, debates and responsibilities
      regarding process, standards and ethics. In focusing on these themes,
      the Association welcomes presentations that consider the challenges of
      collecting and documenting memories and histories that reflect trauma,
      genocide, violence, or social/political disorder.  Specifically, what
      are the philosophical and practical strategies for documenting
      individual and collective memories: especially those that are in danger
      of being ignored, erased, or forgotten because of silence or denial? How
      might we document stories of action and reaction, survival and loss,
      perseverance and endurance, dislocation and migration, advocacy and
      justice, perpetrators and victims? Can public discourse and personal
      experience be transformed by the collective memory of struggle, once
      made visible?  What role should oral historians play in these processes?

      The rapidly changing worlds of media and technology bring another set of
      questions for historians.  Do historians face new or different sets of
      ethical issues in new environments when confronting stories and memories
      of trauma, violence, or disorder? How might oral history and oral
      historians participate in setting standards for the collection and
      dissemination of narratives of trauma, oppression and genocide in
      digital environments? What kinds of distinctions should be drawn between
      public and private narratives?  What is the role of visual oral history,
      including still and moving photography, in performing documentary work
      in the 21st century?  Finally, how should oral historians respond to the
      new challenges of accessibility, collection, and cataloguing brought by
      a digital age? How will dissemination be affected by understanding the
      users and their needs? How will the uses of oral history change with new
      forms dissemination?

      To facilitate a broad discussion of these important issues, the Oral
      History Association encourages students and faculty from the arts, the
      humanities and the social sciences - along with independent scholars,
      activists, museum professionals, filmmakers, radio documentarians,
      photographers and journalists - to submit proposals for panels,
      plenaries, workshops, roundtables and media- and performance-oriented
      sessions. We encourage participants to focus on ethical and
      methodological issues in collecting, producing, disseminating and using
      this genre of work. We particularly encourage presentations and panels
      that cross disciplines, cultures, nationalities and institutions. We
      welcome proposals from other professional organizations, particularly
      those dealing with the themes of the meeting.

      Please submit five copies of proposals. For full sessions, submit an
      abstract of no more than two pages and a one page vitae for each
      participant. For individual proposals, submit a one page abstract and a
      one-page vitae or resume of the presenter.  In all cases, please include
      the full name, mailing address, institutional affiliation, phone number
      and e-mail address for each session participant.

      For queries contact co-chairs:
      Leslie Brown
      Washington University, St. Louis
      email:  lbrownb@...

      Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville

      Jessica Wiederhorn
      The Survivors of the Shoah
      Visual History Foundation
      Los Angeles

      Send proposals by December 15, 2000 to:

      Oral History Association Program Committee
      c/o Professor Leslie Brown
      Program in African and Afro-American Studies
      Washington University
      One Brookings Dr.
      St. Louis, MO 63130-4899
      FAX: 314-935-5631

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