This year’s Oral History Society annual conference, Displaced Childhoods: Oral history and traumatic experiences, will be held at Southampton Solent University, 13th to 14th July.
This multidisciplinary conference will showcase how oral history is increasingly being used to explore the impact of traumatic events such as war, evacuation, conflict and growing up in care has on children and their adult selves. There will be an exciting line up of speakers from both the UK and overseas, presenting papers on a range of topics around displaced childhoods, as well as on methodological and ethical issues. The conference will be of interest to all those working in the field of oral history.
Key themes of the conference include:
- Internal migration and the global movement of children from Spain, India, the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda
- The ‘Forgotten Children’ forcibly migrated to Australia
- Childhood experience of civil disasters
- The effects of growing up in care and long-term hospitalisation
- The development of therapeutic environments for children and young people with emotional, social and behavioural disorders.
Dr Joanna Sassoon , project manager of the Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants oral history project at the National Library of Australia; and
Professor Lynn Abrams, author of The Orphan Country: Children of Scotland’s Broken Homes and Oral History Theory
For more information go to www.ohs.org.uk/conferences/2012.php