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Our community is made ​​up of over 200 affiliates. Academic and community-based researchers, students, artists, educators, and practitioners specializing in different disciplines: their diverse areas of expertise are impressive.

Ethical guidelines, practical and methodological training, webinars, digital tools, software and links: this section contains a variety of useful tools for anyone wishing to develop an oral history project.

Our affiliates continuously produce a wide variety of research and multimedia projects. Here you will find information on current and past projects, as well as on the many outcomes produced by our community.

Our archives contain thousands of oral history interviews recorded by our affiliated researchers and partners. These documents can be consulted by researchers and the public. We also accept donations of oral history interviews.


The Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling offers an annual Award of Distinction in Oral History. This $500 student award recognizes research excellence in the interdisciplinary field of oral history.

Graduate students enrolled at Concordia University, and affiliated with COHDS, who completed their work after 1 April 2018 are eligible to be nominated (by their professor or self-nominated). Citizens, landed immigrants or international  students are eligible. An adjudication committee at COHDS selects the best research paper, research creation project, or thesis. The results will be announced at the annual Emerging Scholars Symposium, to be held next year on March 22 2019.

Applications should include:

The research paper or thesis, or any material describing the research creation project (website URL, text, images, etc.), a cover letter including information on the study program, and a short summary of the project being submitted for consideration (250 words or so).

Applications may be submitted by email up until 1 February 2019 to: ohconcordia@gmail.com.

If you are a student, please consider nominating yourself, and if you are a professor, please consider nominating a student. Once again, this prize can go either to a thesis or to a research paper, or to a research creation project. Nominees must already be affiliated with COHDS at the time of application.

Fall 2018 - Lab Opening Hours

 
Monday: Closed
 
Tuesday: 16h - 20h
 
Wednesday: 11h - 15h
 
Thursday: 13h - 17h
 
Friday: 11h - 15h

Latest News

Friday, November 23, from 10am to 12pm

With Jumayel Islam and Robert Mercer

Oral history is a conversational narrative, structured by the back-and-forth between interviewer questions and interviewee responses. Yet we tend to analyse our transcripts as though the interviewer was not in the room. The workshop will introduce the COHDS community to path-breaking research into a new methodology that will help us analyse this interview dynamic – isolating moments of reticence, hedging, deflection, silence, boosting, and so forth. It will change your practice. This initiative is part of the “Living Archives of the Rwandan Diaspora,” a SSHRC-funded partnership development project between COHDS, Page Rwanda, and the Geomedia Lab.

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The Annual General Assembly is coming very soon! The AGA will take place on Tuesday, November 6th, from 11am to 3pm at LB-1019.

The AGA will hold important votes on our agenda which requires your valuable input, as well as exciting news related to COHDS's community!

We are honoured to have Dr Heather Igloliorte as our Keynote Speaker, whose presentation will be "Oral History in Community and by Community: Speaking with Inuit Artists about their Work”. Dr. Heather Igloliorte is an Inuk scholar and independent curator who holds the University Research Chair in Indigenous Art History and Community Engagement at Concordia University, which is seated on unceded Indigenous lands of the Kanien’kehá:ka Nation,who are recognized as the custodians of the lands and waters of Tiohtiá:ke/Montreal.

Additionally, this year there will be lots of lively new activities including a Launch Lunch for Quebec Heritage News (Fall 2018 edition), an ALL-Lab Warming Visit with Luis Sotelo Castro. We’re bringing back the Communi-Tea with Leila Qashu where you can grab a tasty treat in the company of your oral history peers and share what you’re working on!

Under the leadership of Dr Steven High, COHDS is co-hosting the Oral History Association 2018 Annual Meeting from October 10 to 14. With 140 sessions, 800 delegates, and 25 parallel research-creation projects located throughout the downtown Concordia campus, library, and surrounding neighbourhoods, this is going to be an unprecedented showcase for oral history research, and research-creation, in Montreal.

You can now register to the conference! Click here for more information. The program is also available online.

Following a renovation that began in Spring of this year, COHDS will reopen on Wednesday, October 10th, the first day of the Oral History Association meeting in Montreal. A particularly exciting feature of our reopening will be the first glimpse of Dr Luis Sotelo Castro's Acts of Listening Laboratory, or "ALL". With his emphasis on listening in post-conflict zones, and research-creation that responds to questions of memory, justice, and storytelling, Dr Sotelo Castro’s new Lab will complement our Centre’s existing strengths in sharing authority and difficult knowledge. This state-of-the-art laboratory will form an integral part of COHDS’s research and creation activities in the years to come, and facilitate a core objective: to foster cross-disciplinary collaboration through oral history, the arts, and digital media.

With so many affiliates involved in the upcoming OHA, we are focusing our fall programming on their activities, emphasizing the public and free events that everyone may access.

Wednesday, October 10, from 9 to 11am

With Paul Thompson

Archiving Oral History and Secondary Analysis with Paul Thompson (Pre-OHA, Public Access)

The Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling and the Concordia Library are proud to co-sponsor a two hour workshop on "Archiving Oral History and Secondary Analysis" with Paul Thompson, one of the founders of global oral history. He is the author of the classic text The Voice of the Past (4th edition 2017) as well as other key books such as The Myths We Live By (with Raphael Samuel).

The workshop will explore a series of key questions facing oral historians:

  1. Why archive oral history interviews? How can you decide which sets of interviews are most worth archiving? What are the most important forms of accessibility and finding aids? What are the ethical and copyright issues involved in using material collected for other purposes?
  2. Why secondary analysis? Using earlier data as a pilot for your own fieldwork research. Extending your sample base by using previously collected data. Studies of your material by other researchers. Restudies over time.
  3. What are the difficulties? Losing the feel of collecting original data. Interpreting data collected in other contexts.
  4. The value of mixed methods: combining your own and other’s data.

The Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling's first workshop of the fall semester will take place on Tuesday, September 18!

*Please be advised that this workshop will be given in French.

Given by Stéphane Martelly, COHDS' Coordinator and Community Facilitator, this workshop will provide you with some of the fundamentals in the interdisciplinary field of oral history. Participants will learn about the evolution of the field, its approach to interviewing, ethics in research, and the many ways that oral historians now go public with their research and recorded stories. This workshop is strongly recommenced to all new affiliates, as it is intended to present the methodology and ethics developed and followed by our Centre.

PLEASE NOTE that due to our presently reduced space, priority will be given to COHDS affiliates.

After a year of absence, the Symposium for Emerging Scholars is back! Organized by and for students, this bilingual one-day event offers an opportunity for graduate students to present work at any stage, to exchange ideas, and to connect with other researchers and creators. We invite proposals that feature research projects in oral, digital, or public history, broadly defined - students in related fields, including museum studies, education, documentary filmmaking, memory studies, new media art, sociology, anthropology, and others, are encouraged to submit proposals.The deadline to submit a proposal is January 10th, 2016, and the Symposium will take place on April 1st, 2016.

The terms of our two co-directors, Steven High an Ronald Rudin, are coming to an end (in 2016 and 2017). Therefore, COHDS is now seeking two new Co-Directors for a 3-year term, starting in May 2016 and May 2017 respectively. Full-time Concordia faculty members, already affiliated with COHDS, are eligible to be nominated for either one of these positions.The deadline for applying is December 17, 2015.


 

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