9th Symposium of the Finnish Oral History Network – Memory in Movement: Pace, Connection & Introspection – CALL FOR PAPERS

Date / time: 1 June, All day

9th Symposium of the Finnish Oral History Network – Memory in Movement: Pace, Connection & Introspection - CALL FOR PAPERS


Call for Papers for the 9th Symposium of the Finnish Oral History Network FOHN
Memory in Movement: Pace, Connection & Introspection

28–29 November 2024, University of Jyväskylä, Finland
Deadline for submissions: 1 June 2024

The ninth international symposium of the Finnish Oral History Network (FOHN) will focus on the themes of movement, pace, and introspection in oral history and memory studies research from a critical and exploratory perspective. The conference offers researchers an interdisciplinary setting in which to connect and present cutting-edge ideas. The conference’s keynote speakers are Lynn Abrams (University of Glasow), Daniele Salerno (Utrecht University), Kirsti Jõesalu (University of Tartu) and Samira Saramo (Migration Institute of Finland).

We wish to invite contributions involving methodological, analytical, and ethical questions, as well as case studies. Proposals may be submitted for individual papers or panels and can address, but are not limited to, the following themes and topics:

  • Social movements and oral history. Does conceptualising researchers as activists challenge established oral history practices?
  • The ways in which emotions can move the interviewer and/or responder. What ethical considerations must we account for, when incorporating the study of emotions into oral history and memory studies? How does speed and timing influence how emotions are recorded, analysed, or internalized in our research processes?
  • Physical movement, the body and oral history interviewing. For example, how might moving through memorable spaces evoke visceral reminiscences?
  • Digital humanities and changes to how we collect, process, and analyse memories. Technology and how it shapes oral history into a reproducible, codable, and ‘fast’ process. How much time do we need to meaningfully connect with our research subjects?
  • The pace at which change within oral history has occurred. What connects/distinguishes oral historians working across the decades? Has oral history ‘matured’ into a stable and agreed upon methodology?

Individual paper submissions require a title and a maximum 250-word abstract. Panel proposals should include a title and a 250-word description of the panel, and a title plus 250-word abstract for each individual paper (maximum five papers per panel). The conference language will be English.

To learn more and submit your proposal, please visit the conference website at https://www.jyu.fi/fohn2024 or alternatively email us at fohn2024@jyu.fi