2016 Conference

Beyond Text in the Digital Age? Oral History, Images and the Written Word

Whitelands College, University of Roehampton, London
From: 8th July 2016
To: 9th July 2016

Keynote Speakers

Professors Mary Larson and Alessandro Portelli.

Plus: special public event chaired by Dr Aura Lounasmaa

This session will showcase the University of East London’s life stories course in the Calais ‘Jungle’ refugee camp. The event will include contributions from artists, photographers and poets. The event and drinks reception takes place in the William Morris lecture theatre at Whitelands College from 5.30 to 730pm on Friday 8th July. All are welcome and there is no need to register or book. For a map of the campus click here.

Conference Scope

For many years the standard practice of transcribing or summarising interviews meant the auditory dimension of oral history was often underused. However, new digital technologies make audio and video oral history interviews, as well as extracts, much more readily available.

This interdisciplinary conference will investigate the extent to which the written word is redundant in oral history. Papers will showcase innovative uses of oral history, focusing on topics such as social media, ethics in the digital age and archiving.

The conference programme can be found here.

Higher education strand: The conference will also be the first to include a strand looking at teaching and learning oral history in academia.

Follow the conference on Twitter at #ohsconf16

Download the conference flyer as a pdf.

Further Details

Conference registration fee:

  • OHS members: £110 (those wishing to attend the conference can become members and take advantage of the rate)
  • Non-members: £150
  • Student/unwaged/retired: £65

The conference takes place at Whitelands College at the University of Roehampton. For a map of the campus please click here.

Conference Dinner

The conference dinner is an additional option requiring pre-booking and costing £35 for 3 courses. The dinner will be on Friday evening at the Queen Adelaide pub in Putney, a short distance from the conference venue. A coach will pick people up from the conference at 7pm and drop them back on campus after the meal. Please select the dinner option when registering. If you have already registered and would like to add dinner to your booking please email amy.murphy@roehampton.ac.uk


Please note campus accommodation is now fully booked. There are B&Bs and hotels in the local area. Please email conferences@roehampton.ac.uk for some suggested accommodation.

Organising Group

Amy Tooth Murphy, Padmini Broomfield, Anne Gulland, Hilary Young, Sarah Pyke, Emily Mercer, Daliany Jeronimo Kerch. Jenny Harding is organising the higher education strand.

The conference is partly AHRC funded. Organised in partnership with the Memories of Fiction project, an AHRC project which aims to find out how reading shapes our lives.

Getting to the venue

The conference will take place at Whitelands College, University of Roehampton, London, SW15 4JD (please note that Whitelands is a short walk or bus ride from the main university campus). The nearest train station is Barnes, which has direct links to Clapham Junction. From Barnes station take the 72 (24 hour service), 265 or 493 bus. Putney station is also linked to Clapham Junction and is a short bus ride from the campus (85 or 430 bus). Alight all buses at Medfield Street.