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Call For Papers — Memory and Narration — Words and Silences/Palabras y Silencios


The call for papers for is now closed. The following is therefore outdated, but we chose to keep it online for the interested reader.


The editors of the International Oral History Association’s Digital Edition Journal, Words and Silences, seek contributions for its 2018-2019 issue.  This issue’s theme follows that of the XX IOHA Conference held in Jyväskylä, Finland: Memory and Narration.

Just as the program in Finland focused on the complex and multidimensional nature of oral history, we welcome articles from diverse perspectives that explore a range of issues related to memory documentation, oral history/life story analyses, as well as discussions of oral history related to narrative and narration.  Presenters from Finland who would like to evolve their papers into fuller articles are encouraged to contact the editors.

While Memory and Narration will be the featured theme, also welcome are written reflections on oral history in practice, as well as articles related to the application of oral history methodology and theory.

Words and Silences is the Digital Edition Journal of the International Oral History Association. Articles are published in English and Spanish.  Our cross-disciplinary journal is a means for those who work with oral history to share projects and current trends from around the world.  The IOHA supports the Fair Open Access Principles and publishes articles online on its official website,

Submissions that follow the editorial and author submission instructions below should be emailed to with the subject line WORDS AND SILENCES. We will be accepting submissions through the end of 2018, and January 2019.  The deadline for papers is January 31, 2019.

Author Submission Instructions. authors, please pay close attention to and follow the following formatting guidelines:

Contributions may be written in English or Spanish (or if possible, in both English and Spanish, to save our volunteer translators some time).

Articles should be double-spaced throughout and prepared according to the Chicago Manual of Style.

Font Source Type: Times New Roman, Size: 12.  Footnotes need not be double spaced.  Please include a References or Works Cited with your article.