Call for Participation:

ACM Workshop on Oral History

Project Proposal Submission Deadline
January 15, 2016

Submitted by Sarita Adve

ACM Workshop on Oral History
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
Friday, May 12-13, 2016
Project proposal deadline: Friday, January 15, 2016
Applications are invited to a 1.5 day oral history workshop, to be held
Thursday and Friday, May 12-13, 2016 at the University of North Carolina at
Chapel Hill, North Carolina. For each successful application, one person’s
expenses for workshop travel, lodging, and meals will be paid by the ACM
History Committee. The workshop will be led by Mary Marshall Clark, director
of the Columbia Center for Oral History (CCOH); see

Who should attend?
ACM members and others who are planning or actually doing oral history
projects. The audience is people who are performing interviews for oral
histories, or thinking about doing so. The workshop should be of special
interest to ACM officers and staff, SIG leaders, historically minded ACM
members, and others working on oral history projects. Priority will be given
to ACM members and members of other national computer societies affiliated
with the ACM, but some places have been reserved for non-affiliated
individuals who are actively engaged in oral history projects.

Workshop topics and activities include:
– developing an oral history program;
– presentation and training on oral history processes and principles;
– hands-on exercises interviewing each other;
– analysis and discussion of the exercises;
– how to analyze results, findings and evaluate an oral history project;
– practical considerations: lessons learned and best practices; and
– ample networking time, including lunches and the workshop dinner.
Participants will leave with a “tool kit” of practical, useful procedures as
well as insight into professional oral history practices.

Small workshop format will permit maximum hands-on experience and personal
interaction. We are planning for 16 participants.

The ACM History Committee will fund travel, hotel and meals for accepted
invitees. Applicants should send a 2-page CV as well as a 250-word proposed
project and/or oral history interest description that
(1) explains the significance of a proposed oral history project (if
applicable), potential uses of the techniques learned, and its importance;
(2) affirms your willingness to participate fully in the 1.5 day agenda.

Project proposals are due by Friday, January 15, 2016. Proposals should be
submitted as a single PDF document to Notification
of project acceptance will be made within eight weeks.

Questions about the workshop or requests for clarification may be directed, at
any time, to