MOVING AHEAD…2021 Volume 4

The ORAL HISTORY ASSOCIATION OF SOUTH AFRICA (OHASA) invites you to write for the 2021 Volume 4 of the Coffee Table Publication Series: Tell Your Mother’s Story_ You are encouraged to write for our publication. Your participation will ensure that Women of all races, places and spaces will be applauded, appreciated and acknowledged because of your engagement, enlightenment and empowerment.  You are encouraged to write a story, poem etc that Tells Your Story (if you are a woman) OR Your Mother’s (or any other female that has influenced you) Story. The +/_ 900 - word article should be written in Arial Font, Size 10 and 1.15 line spacing. You could write in paragraphs using sub-headings. Pictures also make for interesting reading and captures the moment.  The following information or format could be used in your write up. However, there is ample room for creativity. You may even use a combination of the options. You can base your story on various themes and reflect on love, sadness, friendship, hope, accidents, ambition, cruelty, gender based violence, childhood pregnancy, abortion, illness, spirituality, ancestral lineage, child-headed households, COVID 19, trauma, environmental impact etc. We look forward to receiving your story.  

 

DATE OF SUBMISSION: BY 28 FEBRUARY 2021    FOR RELEASE: MAY 2021 _AFRICA MONTH (Date to be confirmed)

 

                                                                                                           OPTION 1

Written in paragraphs by answering the following questions

 

 

Stages in life

Experiences

Content

1

Birth to two years:

Where were you born? Year?

Parents: Explain family background. Extended family.

2

Early life

School, friends, family, life in general under apartheid

What was your life like while growing up?  Who were the important role players in your life?  What did you enjoy most while growing up? 

3

Teenage years

Difficulties / cultural disputes/ moral challenges

Did you face peer pressure? What influence did your culture / belief system have on you? Any memory of superstition / old wives’ tales/ folk tales / storytelling that shaped you?

4

Young adult life under apartheid

Trials / struggles / successes

Success to include family, children, spouse etc. influence of adult friends / civic groups etc.

5

Marriage / children / extended family life

What experiences can you share? Economic difficulties? Social issues? Political strife? The environment?

Did you work? Were you protected at the workplace? Remuneration? Uniforms?

Travelling?

6

Mature adult

Changes in the country?

Your contribution.

Were you active in movements that led to change?

Other experiences that you may have had. 

7

At present

Share your thoughts… hope for the future? Sadness? Achievements, etc.

If you could change anything what would it be and why?

 

                                                                                                                            OPTION 2

Brief biography: This should cover birth, early childhood, schooling and life after schooling. A memorable moment in your life or your mother’s life under apartheid. It is almost given that when you request people to write about their lives under apartheid they would focus on the hardships and their resistance to apartheid, i.e. political activism. This is true for many people, and women in particular, who regrettably histories still remain ‘hidden’.  Contributors are urged to write about this.  Colleagues are strongly urged to begin to document about other aspects of their lives that remain dormant.  Contributors are also encouraged to write about any aspect of their life or their mothers’ life that they feel is pertinent and deserves to be documented. These could range from challenges unmarried women, especially black women, faced in acquiring accommodation in the urban areas; how they managed to survive and raise children, sometimes single-handedly through what the then government perceived as illegal means (e.g. beer brewing or street hawking); entertainment careers (Contributors must write about their memories or that of their mothers who were aspiring musicians, artists, sport enthusiasts, etc., in their communities); community developers, but due to apartheid laws, which restricted the advancement of black people, they struggled to achieve their dreams.  View about post-apartheid South Africa: Hope/Dream for the future? Sadness? Achievements, etc.  

 

                                                                                                                          OPTION 3

Writers are also encouraged to tell community stories. These stories could revolve around the women that played the pivotal role during   the formative years.

In Conclusion, remember to be creative. You can write as a family or as a group. We are looking for stories that cover the length and breadth of our country and the African Diaspora. We are looking for women’s tales from all provinces, the plaas, the plush neighbourhoods, townships and the international space as Women of Africa impact and are impacted globally. Join me in telling women’s stories. This is a great initiative. Should you require any further information, please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  You may WhatsApp me on 072 856 1988.

 

         Regards, Dr. Kogie Archary

 

SUBMISSION OF STORIES_VOLUME 3_ BACKGROUND TO THE PROJECT

In 2014, I was tasked with fundraising for OHASA, which proved to be an extremely challenging task. I tried to be as innovative as possible by promoting the OHASA brand in terms of sourcing t-shirts, mugs and other items. This proved rather challenging. Thereafter, a Gala Dinner was hosted, followed by Fundraising Business Breakfasts which were graced by leading and prominent individuals from our society. After much deliberation, I got the nod to go ahead with the Coffee Table Publication. This has been an interesting project as I have received stories from various locations, however, there has been a strong presence of writers from KwaZulu Natal for Volume One. Volume Two was demographically more representative.

MOVING AHEAD...2020 VOLUME THREE ...NO MORE PAGE FEES!!!

The ORAL HISTORY ASSOCIATION OF SOUTH AFRICA (OHASA) invites you to write for the 2020 Volume Three of the Coffee Table Publication: Stories of Women: 2020_ A Tribute to Women ... sharing their stories_

You are encouraged to write for our publication. Your participation will ensure that Women of all races, places and spaces will be applauded, appreciated and acknowledged because of your engagement, enlightenment and empowerment. You are encouraged to write an article that Tells your Story (if you are awoman) OR Your Mother’s (or any other female that has influenced you) Story.

The following guidelines should be followed:

It should be Arial size 10, single line spacing. You could write in paragraphs, using sub-headings. Pictures also make for interesting reading and captures the moment. The following information or format could be used in your write up. However, there is ample room for creativity. Please note that you are not restricted to sticking to this format. You may even use a combination of the options.

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The XXI IOHA Conference

Harmony and Disharmony: Bringing Together Many Voices Singapore, 22 - 26 Jun 2020

The International Oral History Association (IOHA) is pleased to announce the call for papers and workshop proposals for the next conference to be held in Singapore from 22 to 26 June 2020. The conference is organised by the National Archives of Singapore, an institution of the National Library Board, Singapore.

The theme of the XXI IOHA Conference is Harmony and Disharmony: Bringing Together Many Voices

For more information, please visit the conference website at www.ioha2020.sg

I. Call for Papers

At the core of oral history is a desire for a more complex and nuanced understanding of the world around us. While we value each oral account as unique, personal and subjective, bringing together many voices whether in agreement or disagreement allows greater meaning to be gleaned, refined and accumulated. Oral history teaches us to be considerate and empathetic to different voices and perspectives. What does this mean in the context of oral history taking root in more places and different cultures around the world? Where it is used in more and different contexts and disciplines? Aided and even led by changing technologies? Presented in different forms and bearing multiple uses? This conference invites papers which shed light on the growing diversity, multidimensionality and interdisciplinary applications of oral history.

As the IOHA conference enters Southeast Asia for the first time, the theme is also an invitation for reflection by the international oral history community to consider how we can help and support one another through friendships, networks and alliances.

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Coffee Table Publication (CTP): Tell your story Volume 2 - 2019

ORAL HISTORY ASSOCIATON OF SOUTH AFRICA_TELL YOUR STORY_ VOLUME 2

by DR. KOGIE ARCHARY_OHASA PORTFOLIO_ INTERNATIONAL & PARTNERSHIPS

 

               Stories of South African Women: 2019_ A Tribute to Women of the WORLD …. sharing stories_ Volume 2

Dear Colleagues, following on from our 2018 success of Tell You Mother’s Story, Volume 1, I make an earnest appeal to you to please write for our 2nd publication. Your participation will ensure that South African Women of all races, places and spaces will be applauded, appreciated and acknowledged because of your engagement, enlightenment and empowerment. You are encouraged to please write an article that Tells your Story - if you are a woman - OR the story of any other female that has influenced you. It should be Arial size 10, single line spacing. You could write in paragraphs, using sub-headings. Pictures also make for interesting reading and captures the moment. The following information or format could be used in your write up. However, there is ample room for creativity. Please note that you are not restricted to sticking to this format. You may even use a combination of the options.

 

WRITE THE STORY_ DATE OF SUBMISSION: Before 15 MAY 2019

                                                                                     OPTION 1

Written in paragraphs by answering the following questions

 

Stages in life

Experiences

Content

1

Birth to two years:

Where were you born? Year?

Parents: Explain family background. Extended family.

2

Early   life

School, friends, family, life in general under apartheid

What was your life like while growing up? Who were the important role players in your life? What did you enjoy most while growing up?

3

Teenage years

Difficulties / cultural disputes/ moral challenges

Did you face peer pressure? What influence did your culture / belief system have on you? Any memory of superstition / old wives tales/ folk tales / storytelling that shaped you?

4

Young adult life under apartheid

Trials / struggles / successes

Success to include family, children, spouse etc. influence of adult friends / civic groups etc.

5

Marriage / children / extended family life

What experiences can you share? Economic difficulties? Social issues? Political strife? The environment?

Did you work? Were you protected at the workplace? Remuneration? Uniforms?

Travelling?

6

Mature adult

Changes in the country?

You contribution.

Were you active in movements that led to change?

Other experiences that you may have had.

7

At present

Share your thoughts… hope for the future? Sadness? Achievements, etc.

If you could change anything what would it be and why?

                                                                                                              

OPTION 2

Brief biography: This should cover birth, early childhood, schooling and life after schooling. A memorable moment in your life or mother’s life under apartheid. It is almost given that when you request people to write about their lives under apartheid they would focus on the hardships and their resistance to apartheid, i.e. political activism. This is true for many people, and women in particular who, regrettably their histories still remain ‘hidden’. Contributors are urged to write about this. Colleagues are strongly urged to begin to document about other aspects of their lives that remain dormant. Contributors are also encouraged to write about any aspect of their life or their mother’s life that they feel is pertinent and deserves to be documented. These could range from challenges unmarried women, especially black women, faced in acquiring accommodation in the urban areas; how they managed to survive and raise children, sometimes single-handedly through what the then government perceived as illegal means (e.g. beer brewing or street hawking); entertainment careers (Contributors must write about their memories or that of their mothers who were aspiring musicians, artists, sport enthusiasts, etc., in their communities); community developers, but due to apartheid laws, which restricted the advancement of black people, they struggled to achieve their dreams. View about post-apartheid South Africa: Hope/Dream for the future? Sadness? Achievements, etc.

                                                                                     OPTION 3

Writers are also encouraged to tell community stories. Perhaps an individual wants to pay for the page that pays homage to his / her crèche / sporting club etc. Then the story / page could revolve around the women that played the pivotal role in the formative years. In Conclusion, remember to be creative. You can write as family or as a group. We are looking for stories that cover the length and breadth of our country. We are looking for women’s tales from all provinces, the plaas, the plush neighbourhoods and townships. Join me in telling women’s stories. This is a great initiative. Please be involved.

 

BANKING DETAILS: R 250 per page / 500 Words and a Picture / OHASA, ABSA Bank, Pretoria / Account No: 4067826673 Please include a payment reference which must reflect your “Name, Surname and CTP”.

 

This will help us in identifying the contributors. Unidentified payments will be put into a suspense account and will result in the suspension on your subscription. P.S.- There is no restriction on the number of pages per story, although, each page has to be paid for. Should you require any further information, please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Regards, Dr. Kogie Archary