[H-verkko] CFP: Oral history and fieldwork

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Ke Maalis 17 11:38:06 EET 2010

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Oral history and fieldwork

Call for papers

The (Re)use and Interpretation of Research materials Helsinki, 2–3
December 2010

Papers are invited for contributions to the Oral History and
Fieldwork – The (Re)use and Interpretation of Research Materials
symposium hosted by the Finnish Literature Society in collaboration
with the Finnish Oral History Network (FOHN) and The Academy of
Finland project Strangers from the East – Narratives of Karelian
Exiles and Re-immigrants from Russia Regarding their Integration in
Finland 2009-2012 (lead by Dr. Outi Fingerroos).

The event will be the third international symposium organized by the
Finnish Oral History Network. We aim to stimulate discussion and
bring together scholars interested in fieldwork methodology within
oral history research. The symposium will offer a discussion forum
for researchers working in the field. The keynote speakers are Molly
Andrews (University of East London, United Kingdom) and Selma
Leydesdorff (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands).

Fieldwork methodology has been discussed in oral history research
since the late 1970s when the oral history interview was
reconceptualized as a dialogically constructed text. The oral history
interview was seen as a dialogical process in which both participants
– the interviewee and the interviewer – took part, and the reflection
of the research process has become self-evident. Methodological issues
initially identified concerned the conduct, processing, and
preservation of oral history materials. Subsequently the concept of
field has been elaborated and is now used to refer to archived
research materials, e.g. oral history interviews, written
autobiographies, questionnaires and photographs, and their later
In recent years the focus of fieldwork methodology has turned to the
secondary analysis of oral history materials, in other words the use
and reuse of archived oral history and life-history materials.
Methodological, ethical and theoretical issues have to be considered
at all stages of research. The research process grows even more
demanding when the researcher uses multiple sources and types of
research material instead of keeping to one primary research
material. Does this only cause problems and flaws as some have
suggested? How have researchers tackled methodological and practical
challenges related to the reuse of research materials? Can all
research materials be reused and for what kind of research purposes?
We welcome scholars working within the field of oral and life
history. Proposals may be submitted for individual papers or workshop
sessions. The programme will include keynote lectures, paper sessions
and a final panel. The principal conference language will be
Participants of workshops are invited to send abstracts to the
Workshop paper proposals should include a title and a maximum 250
word abstract. Please send us a single page proposal including the
title of the presentation, the abstract and the following
- name (with your surname in CAPITAL letters)
- affiliation
- postal address
- e-mail address
- telephone and fax numbers

Proposals will be evaluated according to their focus on the topic.
Proposals must be written in English. Please e-mail your proposal as
an e-mail attachment by 22 May 2010 to fohn at finlit.fi. The acceptance
or rejection of proposals will be announced by 30 June 2010. The
deadline for the papers is 30 October 2010.

The admission to the symposium is 35€.  

Enquiries: fohn at finlit.fi

Ulla-Maija Peltonen			
Chair, FOHN				
Finnish Literature Society		
P.O. Box 259
FIN-00171 Helsinki			

Ulla Savolainen
Course Secretary, FOHN
Folklore Studies/
Department of Philosophy, History, Culture and 	Art Studies
P.O. Box 4
FIN-00014 University of Helsinki


Ilmoituksen lähetti: Agricola <agricola at utu.fi>
Ilmoitus vanhentuu: 23.05.2010
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