Call for papers. Tell Me More: Sharing our Stories. New Zealand, 22-23 October 2016

National Oral History Association of New Zealand

22-23 October 2016
Commodore Airport Hotel

It is 30 years since a group of committed historians formed the National Oral History Association of New Zealand. We think it’s an appropriate time to look back on our history, honour our founders and consider our future. By meeting in Christchurch, we’re also acknowledging the experiences of those affected by the earthquakes of 2011 and 2012, which have been recorded in a number of oral histories – including one by our keynote speaker and founder, Hugo Manson, for the Alexander Turnbull Library.  Let’s consider how such life histories connect us to a wider network of whanau, friends and colleagues here and across the Tasman, and internationally.

We welcome papers that explore the idea of sharing, and shared, oral histories. We are interested in the many ways such stories are garnered and disseminated – all the way from the process of selection through to the archiving and future-proofing of the lives we record. We want to address issues of access and reuse. And we need to consider the ways in which rapidly-changing technology affects our work.

NOHANZ invites members, friends, and colleagues to the 2016 Oral History conference in Christchurch, timed to coincide with the city’s Heritage Week. Those interested in presenting at the conference are invited to submit abstracts for consideration by the Conference Committee.

We invite proposals for papers addressing any aspect of the above themes.
Proposals should include:
• Title
• Duration (20 minute full paper, or 5 minute project summary)
• Name of author/s, postal and email addresses and phone numbers
• Institution (if relevant)
• Abstract of 200 – 250 words on the proposed presentation
• Brief author biography (no more than 100 words per author)

Please send your proposal to NOHANZ 2016 Conference Committee either at OR post to PO Box 3819, Wellington.

Closing date for proposals: Friday 8 April, 2016.

Successful presenters will be notified by Friday 20 May, 2016.

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.