CfP: Scottish Oral History Centre PG Conference

CfP: Scottish Oral History Centre PG Conference

Issued: Thu, 28 Feb 2019 11:59:00 GMT

Deadline 22/3

The Scottish Oral History Centre would like to invite all postgraduate students utilising oral history methodology to present and discuss their research at the upcoming Scottish Oral History Centre Postgraduate Conference.

The theme of this year's conference will be 'structural violence'. The concept of structural violence relates to how social structures, government policies, institutional behaviour and non-state actors generate social inequality, discrimination and marginalisation against certain groups of the population, depriving them of their basic needs on the basis of class, gender, race, religion and sexuality. Tangibly, structural violence shortens lives and often results in mental and physical ill-health and disability.

Papers to the conference may consider:

  • The role of oral history in contesting elite, top-down narratives of history through privileging the voices of marginalised communities.
  • How oral history sources can be used to deepen our understanding of visual culture, film, poetry and other sources.
  • How researchers contact, connect and conduct oral history interviews within communities which have experienced structural violence.
  • The relationship between the researcher and participant in oral history interviews discussing memories of trauma.

The Conference will be held on Thursday 6 June - Friday 7 June at the Scottish Oral History Centre, University of Strathclyde.

Students at all stages of postgraduate study are invited to discuss their research, their use of oral testimonies and their experiences of the interviewing process. There will be a friendly and relaxed atmosphere and those who have not yet started the interviewing process are welcome to discuss how their research will develop.

If you are interested in presenting a paper (15-20 minutes) please send and abstract of 250-300 words, including your name, institution and email address to and no later than 22 March 2019.

The Conference is free to attend, however, places are limited.