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Call for Papers for the 9th Symposium of the Finnish Oral History Network FOHN

Memory in Movement: Pace, Connection & Introspection 28th–29th November 2024, University of Jyväskylä, Finland   This conference critically explores the concept of ‘movement’ in relation to oral history and memory studies. ‘Movement’ is defined broadly and inclusively: it can refer to social movements, physical movement, or movement across concrete or …

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OH-SMArt: Call for proposals

OH-SMArt Symposium 2024 FAIR use of Artist Interviews for Conservators and Curators In conclusion of its three year research project Oral History – Stories at the Museum around Artworks (OH-SMArt), the Conservation and Restoration department of the University of Amsterdam, together with SMBK Foundation for the Conservation of Contemporary Art, …

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Seed grant call from the new research priority area Decolonial Futures

The UvA’s new research priority area Decolonial Futures is currently accepting proposals for Seed Funding. The RPA is looking for innovative and collaborative research projects, particularly those that align with the RPA’s main themes: Museums, archives & cultural practices; Migrations, mobility & borders; and Ecology, sustainability & climate change. Early …

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Call for papers: Oral History and Life Stories Network

The Oral History and Life Stories Network is one of the 27 networks of the ESSHC and brings together oral history and life story researchers and practitioners who explore memory, narratives, and history. Broadly, they want to encourage papers that explore methodological questions and challenges as well as the relationship …

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Grant for new project: Storianan Skondi di Karibe (The Hidden Stories of the Caribbean)

Photo: Rose Mary Allen interviews a woman in Curaçao in the 1980s   Lately, the Oral History Hub Sprekende Geschiedenis received good news: the Stimulation Fund for Creative Industry has honoured the application for the project Storianan Skondi di Karibe (The Hidden Stories of the Caribbean).   This project concerns …

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Netherlands signs Faro Convention

Photo: Launching project My freedom – your freedom? at the Sound and Vision in The Hague.   On Wednesday 10 January, the Netherlands signed the Faro Convention. With this treaty, the Council of Europe highlights a different perspective on heritage. The Faro Convention puts people and society at the centre …

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Symposium ‘Oral History, one step further’ 2023: the retrospective

On 8 December 2023, the second Oral History symposium of the Sprekende Geschiedenis Hub took place at the Rijksdienst voor Cultureel Erfgoed in Amersfoort. An inspiring day that was fully booked weeks in advance, with great speakers, as Professors Rose Mary Allen and James Kennedy. The five lively workshops contributed …

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Oral History and ‘Contested Histories’

On 5 and 6 October, Sprekende geschiedenis delivered an online guest lecture as part of the international training course ‘Sharing Stories on Contested Histories 2023’ (SSOCH 2023). SSCOH is an initiative of the RCE in cooperation with the Reinwardt Academy and is part of the Shared Cultural Heritage programme (now …

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Vacancy: PhD Candidate For The History of the Second Feminist Wave in the Netherlands

  Do you have an MA in history and are you passionate about the history of feminism and in developing your expertise in the fields of gender, women’s and oral history? Then you may be interested in this PhD position to work on an oral history project concerning the history …

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8 December 2023 | symposium ‘Oral History, one step further’

On Friday 8 December, the ‘Sprekende geschiedenis’ hub will host a symposium ‘Oral History, a step further’ at the RCE (Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed) in Amersfoort.     Backstage, we are busy preparing the programme and are pleased to share that one of the speakers is Rose Mary Allen. …

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Forty women to remember: the Turkish and Moroccan women’s movement

  In the 1970s and 1980s, more and more migrant workers became involved in associations and strikes that stood up for their rights and interests. In the 1970s, family reunification was made difficult. Those women who did manage to come to the Netherlands were made dependent on their husbands. Her …

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The hidden treasure of Sound & Vision

Oral History collections at the Netherlands Institute for Sound & Vision .   Although when most people think of the Netherlands Institute for Sound & Vision, they will probably think first of the Media Museum and the Top 2000, this institute also manages the Netherlands’ premier audiovisual archive. One of …

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A new ‘museums and oral history’ page

This is the first time that the expert meeting ‘Museums and Oral History’ has been held. During the expert meeting ‘Museums and Oral History’ the first steps were taken to identify the issues within the museum world. Curious about the conclusions, project examples, reading tips or would you like to …

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Keti Koti 2023

Fotocredit: NRC In the Netherlands, the abolition of slavery is remembered and freedom celebrated every year on 1 July. About 150 years ago, slavery ended in Suriname and the Netherlands Antilles, which were then colonies of the Netherlands. Celebrating Keti Koti is important for society because it reminds us of …

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Faro programme and “Oral History for all”

State Secretary Gunay Uslu will sign the Faro Convention before the end of the year. This commits the Netherlands to the treaty’s agreements on the social value of cultural heritage. She reported this at the end of April in the parliamentary letter she sent, ‘Faro Convention: heritage is the work …

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Suriname’s audiovisual heritage preserved for eternity

Opening Digitisation Street Suriname, with Rita Tjien Fooh, director Nationaal Archief Suriname, on left, and Beeld & Geluid director Eppo van Nispen tot Sevenaer on right   At the Nationaal Archief van Suriname (NAS) a so-called digitisation street has been opened in cooperation with Sound & Vision. This system ensures …

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Enrich your collection by adding terms: Reconciliation Guide OpenRefine and the Term Network

Want to quickly provide heritage data with the right terms (with a unique identifier)? It’s now possible! Shannon van Muijden, data manager at the Zuiderzee Museum, wrote a manual for the open source program OpenRefine. This manual explains step-by-step what you can do as a collection manager to enrich your …

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Getting started yourself: interview with volunteers The Voice of Leiden

In the oral history field, there are an awful lot of committed volunteers: from interviewers to transcribers, people who help with communication or with ICT. There are many enthusiasts who ensure that an oral history project can grow. This month, we speak to two volunteers about the project The Voice …

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‘Silences and oral history: the academic perspective’ theme page now online

What do silences mean during oral history interviews? What does oral history do for people who remained silent for years? Do you silence your own voice by staying silent?   Read more about silences, silence and oral history on the new theme page. The page is divided into three sub-themes: 1. …

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