Call for papers: International Girl Studies Inaugural Conference

Call for papers: International Girl Studies Inaugural Conference. Norwich

University of East Anglia, Norwich, 7 – 9 April 2016

The inaugural conference of the International Girl Studies Association aims to bring together researchers and students working on girls and girlhood in any part of the world and in any discipline or interdisciplinary field. Girl Studies has become one of the most dynamic academic fields in recent years, encompassing a vast array of disciplines and interdisciplinary approaches. This conference will bring together scholars from across the world to explore experiences of girlhood and recent developments within the field, investigating new questions and revisiting historical issues. Some of the key issues in girls’ studies will be addressed through individual and panel presentations. The Association is keen to move beyond the traditional conference format and has encouraged collaborative work, creative, visual, screenings and performance based work. Proposals have also been invited from individuals working in collaboration with girls, the community and partner organisations.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers are Professor Catherine Driscoll (University of Sydney, AUS); Professor Christine Griffin (University of Bath, UK); Professor Mary Celeste Kearney (University of Notre Dame, USA); and Professor Rozena Maart (University of KwaZulu-Natal, SA). Topics may include histories of girlhood; global girlhood(s); queer girls;  intergenerational girlhoods; methodological approaches to girls’ studies; girls and sport; girls and politics; girls and digital media; girlhood during austerity; girls and sexuality; and ethnographies of girlhood.

Further details: email igsa.2016@uea.ac.uk

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This guide is for people who record oral history interviews, and organisations and individuals who keep collections of oral history recordings in the four nations of the United Kingdom. England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland comprise the UK and amongst them have three legal systems. However so far as the law is referred to in this document it is safe to assume that all come within the wider context of UK and European law. The Oral History Society promotes the use of oral history techniques to record the memories of those whose life stories would otherwise be lost to future generations, and encourages researchers and teachers to make use of oral history in their work.

It is essential that interviewees should have confidence and trust in interviewers, and that recordings should be available for research and other use within a legal and ethical framework which protects the interests of interviewees. The following information and guidelines are aimed at ensuring that these objectives are achieved.

Anyone involved with the creation and preservation of oral history interviews should take steps to safeguard their reputation for trustworthiness. This means ensuring that what they do is within the various UK and European laws that apply to oral history and that they have not been acting illegally. Oral historians generally speaking have a good reputation in this respect. This guidance is therefore offered as reassurance and advice to both interviewers and interviewees.

The Oral History Society believes that, while oral history work must comply with the law, legal requirements alone do not provide an adequate framework for good practice. No UK law was designed specifically to regulate oral history work; in fact no law even mentions it. Beyond legal considerations we have long held the view that oral historians should abide by a voluntary set of ethical guidelines.

For these reasons this guide covers responsibilities and obligations beyond legal requirements. Members of the Oral History Society, including those who are custodians, archivists and librarians, have agreed to abide by these guidelines.

The guidance reflects the workflow of a typical oral history interview. Much of the legal and technical detail is available not within the main guidance text but via hypertext links so that the key steps and terms can be understood and followed. There are also links to sample documents and resources.