COHDS is happy to announce the appointment of Barbara Lorenzkowski as its interim co-director until June 2017. Barbara is associate professor and graduate program director in the history department. Her current FRQSC-funded research project “The Children’s War” is a large-scale oral history study that draws upon the life-course stories of around eighty women and men who came of age in the seaport cities of St. John’s (Newfoundland) and Halifax (Nova Scotia) during the years of the Second World War. Their recollections of childhood and youth – grounded as they are in a particular place in time – provide rare glimpses onto the social spaces of childhood in the 1940s, shedding light onto the gendered worlds of childhood, the moral geography of darkness, children’s use of the social spaces of the city and the sensuous history of the wartime Atlantic. Trans-disciplinary in its conception, this project is situated at the intersection of oral history, cultural history, human geography, gender history and childhood studies.
Barbara replaces Steven High who is leaving his co-director position after ten years of service above and beyond the call of duty. We all wish Steven a great sabbatical, and more time for his own projects now that he will not be watching over the day-to-day affairs of COHDS. Of course, he will still be involved with various aspects of the centre, so this is hardly good-bye. Ronald Rudin will be continuing as a co-director of COHDS until June 2017, when Cynthia Hammond and Kathleen Vaughan will begin their terms as co-directors.