Oral History Network of Ireland Annual Conference
2022 Annual Conference
Memory and Oral History
1-2 July 2022
The Oral History Network of Ireland (OHNI) in conjunction with Maynooth University Social Sciences Institute (MUSSI) is pleased to announce its 2022 conference on the theme of ‘Memory and Oral History’ which will take place in person at Maynooth University on Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd July 2022. Questions of memory abound in oral history. In collecting oral histories, we invite interviewees to recall now distant places and events. We ask them to explain to us and to future listeners what their experiences were and how they felt. In turn our interviewees recall, remember, and even redefine these memories. What is remembered, how it is remembered, what is forgotten and why are key questions for oral historians and the focus of this year’s conference.
We are delighted to welcome Professor Guy Beiner, the Sullivan Chair in Irish Studies at Boston College as our keynote. His research focuses on the historical study of remembering and forgetting with interests that include oral history, folklore, public history and heritage, historiography, terrorism, and the ‘Spanish’ Influenza pandemic. Guy has authored award-winning books on history, memory and forgetting including Forgetful Remembrance: Social Forgetting and Vernacular Historiography of a Rebellion in Ulster and Remembering the Year of the French: Irish Folk History and Social Memory and edited Pandemic Re-Awakenings: The Forgotten and Unforgotten ‘Spanish’ Flu of 1918-1919.