The IOHA General Meeting is chaired by the IOHA President and held at every IOHA Conference.
The main agenda items are:
The confirmation of the host of the next IOHA Conference
The election of the next IOHA Council
IOHA Election Procedure Summary
(agreed at IOHA General Meeting in Rio de Janeiro, June 1998, adapted for online election at Singapore General Meeting 2021)
Voting and nomination eligibility
• Only IOHA members may vote in IOHA elections.
• Only IOHA members may nominate for election to IOHA Council.
President: if there is only one nominee for President, they are automatically elected. If there is more than one nominee for President there will be a vote and the candidate with the most votes is elected.
Vice-Presidents (two posts): if there are only two nominees for Vice-President, they are both automatically elected. If there are more than two nominees for Vice-President there will be a vote and the two candidates with the most votes are elected.
Council Regional Representatives (ten positions): if there are ten or less nominees for Council, they are all elected. If there are more than ten nominees for Council there will be a vote. The nominee with the most votes from each of the following six regions (Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, Oceania and South America) will be elected. The four other candidates with the most votes are also elected.
Online voting procedure at IOHA General Meeting 2021
The IOHA Nomination Committee Chair (Mark Cave) will present the names of candidates who have already agreed to be nominees for Council.
Mark Cave will invite additional nominations from the meeting. Nominees must agree to be nominated, must be IOHA members, and must have a proposer and seconder.
If necessary, nominations from the floor will be added to the list of nominees, with Council Regional Representatives listed according to their region. The final list will be posted on the IOHA conference website.
If voting is required, IOHA members will be invited to vote within the 24 hours following the General Meeting, with a voting deadline of midnight (12pm) on Thursday 26 August (timings are in UTC +8 – in other words, Singapore time).
IOHA members must email their vote to the email address firstname.lastname@example.org. You should list one name for President, one or two names for Vice-President, and ten names for Council Regional Representatives (you do not need to specify their regions). You should include your name in the email so the returning officers can verify that you are an IOHA member.
The returning officers for the election will be the IOHA nomination committee, comprising former IOHA Presidents Mark Cave, Indira Chowdhury and Alistair Thomson. Only these three returning officers can access the election email address and see the votes, which will be confidential.
The returning officers will count the votes and will announce the results of the election at the IOHA Closing Ceremony on Friday 27 August (5-7 pm Singapore time).
Nominations for President
David Beorlegui (Spain)
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Nominations for Vice President
Martha Norkunas (USA)
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Mark Wong (Singapore)
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Nominations for Regional Representatives
Lorina Barker (Oceania) is a descendant of the Wangkumara and Muruwari people from northwest NSW, Adnyamathanha (Flinders Rangers SA), the Kooma and Kunja (southwest QLD), and the Kurnu-Baarkandji (northwest NSW). Dr Barker is an oral historian (current Oceania representative for the International Oral History Association), filmmaker and artist. She uses multimedia as part of her community art-based research projects to transfer knowledge, history, stories and culture to the next generations, in mediums that they use and are familiar with, such as film, short stories and poetry. Dr Barker has published traditional and non-traditional research and presented numerous conference papers on her projects, writing and filmmaking at both national and international conferences. She is a member of the Indigenous Oral History Network and a senior Lecturer, Faculty of Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences and Education at the University of New England in the Australian state of New South Wales
Bernardo Buarque (South America) holds a PhD in the Social History of Culture from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio/2008). Since 2010, he is associate professor at the School of Social Sciences and researcher at the Center for Research and Documentation on Brazilian Contemporary History at the FGV Foundation (FGV CPDOC). He is currently secretary-general of the Oral History Brazilian Association (ABHO/2020-2022)
Anne Heimo (Europe) is Professor of Folkloristics at the School of History, Culture and Art Studies, University of Turku. She is founding member and former chair of the Finnish Oral History Network (FOHN) and currently co-chair of the European Social Science History Conference (ESSHC) Oral history and life stories network and council member of the International Oral History Association (IOHA). She has cooperated with oral historians from the Nordic and Baltic countries for two decades. She is specialised in oral history, memory studies, and life writing research. Her main research interests include everyday memory practices. Recently she has focused on the construction and sharing of family memories on social media.
Lauren Kata (North America) Certified Archivist, is an Academic Librarian at New York University Abu Dhabi, residing in the United Arab Emirates. In addition to working with NYUAD’s archival collections as a member of the Archives and Special Collections department, Lauren coordinates and serves as archivist and interviewer for both “The NYUAD Memory Project” and the recently-launched “NYUAD COVID-19 Archive.” She earned her graduate degrees in History and Archival Administration from Wayne State University, and is also a graduate of Case Western Reserve University’s American Studies and History programs. Professionally, Lauren has over 20 years of experience working in a broad range of archival and cultural heritage institutions, with a specialization in oral history archives. Active in the US Oral History Association, most recently she contributed as a co-author to the Association’s Archiving Oral History: Manual of Best Practices (2019) and the white paper Oral History Metadata and Description: A Survey of Practices (2020). Committed to participating in a global oral history community of practice as an American practitioner living and working abroad, Lauren’s contributions to IOHA includes serving since 2017 as English co-editor of IOHA’s bilingual, online digital publication Words and Silences/Palabras y Silencios, for which she and Spanish co-editor David Bourlegui have produced two themed issues and are now working on a third. She is also a member of IOHA’s website committee. From Lauren: “I appreciate the Nominating Committee’s trust and interest in my running as candidate for the North American Representative position on IOHA Council, and I’d be honored to expand my service and contribution to IOHA in this role. I’m excited about this opportunity and am committed to continuing past and current North American Representatives’ excellent work. For me, this means preserving and strengthening existing communication and relationships, and connecting with oral history colleagues in states and territories who are not yet connected to IOHA. I value transparent communication, proactive engagement and “open-house” style networking, both formal and informal, as a way to move forward these goals.”
Saeideh Mahrami (Asia) is an independent oral historian with a master’s degree in English. Has focused on war and revolution historiography in Iran. She has been active in professional oral history conferences in Iran and internationally including presentations at IOHA 2016 in Bangalore, India and IOHA 2018 Jyvaskyla Finland. An originator of the War Writers Association in Alborz-Iran, she has published widely including a oral history project book; The Sun of Hesar. She has served on the IOHA council and a representative from Asia from 2018 to the present.
Nepia Mahuika (Oceania) is Ngāti Porou. He is the convenor of History at the University of Waikato, and has served as chair of Te Pouhere Kōrero (Māori Historians Collective of Aotearoa), and is a past President of the National Oral History Association of New Zealand. Dr Mahuika specialises in New Zealand history and Māori and iwi histories, oral history, historical theory and methodology, indigenous histories, and history and ethics. He is a Fulbright Scholar (UOI, 2013), and was the inaugural recipient of the Judith Binney Fellowship in 2019. His most recent book, Rethinking Oral History and Tradition (OUP, 2019) was awarded the OHA Book prize in 2020 and challenges non-indigenous definitions of oral history practice, politics, ethics and theory. Dr Mahuika writes on Māori martial arts, whakapapa (genealogy), biography and history, historical trauma, wānanga as historical pedagogy and method, and decolonization. He is currently working on a History of Mākutu in Aotearoa, an edited collection on global Indigenous oral history methods and ethics, and is part of the working group involved in writing the New Zealand History curriculum reset for 2022.
Leslie McCartney (North America) is a cultural anthropologist specializing in oral history. Based in Ontario, Canada, she works remotely as an associate professor and Curator of Oral History at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, U.S.A. Leslie began her oral history work in 1998 in the Northwest Territories in Canada interviewing Gwich’in Elders. She and coauthors Gwich’in Tribal Council published the Elders stories in an over 800-page book, Our Whole Gwich’in Way of Life Has Changed / Gwich’in K’yuu Gwiidandài’ Tthak Ejuk Gòonlih Stories from the People of the Land in December 2020. From 2004 to 2007 Leslie was the project coordinator of King’s Cross Voices, an oral history project in central London, UK. She has also worked in Dublin, Ireland and has advised on various oral history projects in Canada. She was the Chair of the Oral History Association’s International Committee for several years, is a member of the Oral History Association (U.S.A.), Oral History Society (U.K), Association of Recorded Sound Collections (U.S.A), International Oral History Association, the and International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives.
Tian Miao (Asia) Oral Historian and Documentary Director, Associate Research Librarian, Deputy Director of China Memory Project Center, National Library of China. Council Member of China Oral History Society, Executive Council Member of Visual Anthropology Branch, China Ethnological Society. UNESCO Trainer of Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage.
Dr. Nompilo Ndlovu (Africa) is an oral historian whose PhD focused on the memory and justice initiatives associated with the Gukurahundi violent atrocities in post-colonial Zimbabwe. She studied in the Department of Historical Studies at the University of Cape Town – during which time, she worked as an adjunct lecturer. Further, Ndlovu fulfilled a two-year tenure as a Postdoctoral Fellow for the Mellon funded History Access programme in the aforementioned Department and University. In this time, she developed her research focus to include ‘languaging’ the past where she explores the nexus between orality, language (i.e. vernacularity, multilingualism, lexicon) and memory/history. A further extension to this research focus is around counter histories in public life, where legacies of violence are unofficially addressed through public performance and local transitional justice initiatives. Prior to this, she studied and worked as a practitioner within the disciplines of Gender and Development amongst various communities within South Africa, and in other geographies on the African continent. Dr. Ndlovu recently served at the UNAMID peacekeeping mission in Darfur, Sudan within the Policy and Best Practices unit. Dr. Nompilo Ndlovu is an alumnus of the Canon Collins Trust, South Africa; of the African Leadership Centre where she completed the Peace and Security Fellowship.