The Oral History Association of South Africa (OHASA) in partnership with National Department of Sport, Arts and Culture (DSAC) and the Northern Cape Department of Sport, Arts and Culture will be hosting the 19th Annual National Oral History Conference at Thabo Moorosi Multi-purpose Centre in Kuruman in the John Taolo Gaetsewe District. The conference will be held from Monday, 10 to Friday 14 October 2022 discussing the theme “Covid Narratives and Memories: Emerging Oral Histories and Methodologies in South Africa.” The Deputy Minister Nocawe Mafu received by the MEC for Sport, Arts and Culture Ms. Desery Fienies will officially open the conference. This high-level dignitaries will be flanked by the leadership of John Taolo Gaetsewe District Municipality, OHASA President Professor Sekgothe Mokgoatšsana and other dignitaries.

The 2022 Oral History Conference seeks to bring together scholars, practioners, learners, organic speakers and Historians from around the Oral History discipline to look at lessons learned during the Covid-19 pandemic. The pandemic caused major disruptions and challenged South Africans and the world to ask about its origin, the ways to avoid infection, and treatment methodologies amongst others. It also taught the world about creative ways of providing treatment when infected, questioning the efficacy of the scientific and traditional health systems, to be innovative in ways of mourning and burial. In the confusion and fear, those in various leadership positions rose from the state of paralysis and took advantage of their followers.

Papers will attempt to seek answers from many angles to show how the Covid – 19 transformed society. For Oral Historians, the use of oral sources will be maximized to establish the way the interviewees have created new epistemologies as in the face of the pandemic and how their lives have been transformed. Such lessons presented by scholars from various angles will contribute to the building of the archives for future and present generations.

For more information contact: Maite Manganye (OHASA’s Head of Publicity) @ / ‪0726345621‬ or Sekgot or Viwe Sibanga (OHASA’s Secretary) @ / ‪0632290705‬ or Winny Selolo (DSAC) @ 0716818041

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