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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.

COHDScast is a podcast that unveils the work of researchers and artists who engage with oral history in their practice.

The second episode is now available!

Tim Schwab, a documentary filmmaker and Associate Professor in Communication Studies at Concordia, tells us about his work, as well as his thoughts on interview and oral history methodology.

COHDScast is available on SoundCloud, Apple, Google Play, Stitcher, and Spotify!

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Lab Hours

Winter 2018

Monday: 11am - 3pm

Tuesday: 4pm - 8pm

Wednesday: Closed

Thursday: 11am - 3pm

Friday: 11am - 3pm


Latest News

COHDScast, our new podcast, has just released its very first episode! A conversation with COHDS affiliate and artist, Pohanna Pyne Feinberg, who discusses her PhD thesis project on walking as a method for artistic inquiry. Enjoy!



The OHA invites submissions for a poster session and project bazaar that will be held at the Oral History Association Conference at Concordia University from October 10-13, 2018. Proposals addressing the meeting theme, “Oral History in Our Challenging Times” are especially welcome. The deadline for submissions is July 13, 2018, but submitters will be notified on a rolling basis.

Thursday, March 22, from 12 to 2pm

In collaboration with The Centre for Services in Restorative Justice

Join us at COHDS on March 22nd for a discussion on the intersections between oral history and restorative justice with Leila Qashu and Luis Sotelo Castro.

Leila Qashu has recently received her PhD in ethnomusicology from Memorial University of Newfoundland. She is an incoming Banting postdoctoral fellow who will be based at COHDS for the next two years. Her dissertation, entitled “Towards an Understanding of Justice, Belief and Women's Rights: Ateetee, an Arsi Oromo women's musical dispute resolution process in Ethiopia," examines how Arsi Oromo (Ethiopian) women use expressive arts not only to protect, promote, and assert their rights and to achieve justice in a rapidly changing society.

Luis C. Sotelo Castro is a dual national Colombian/British artist-researcher. His practice is performance-based. He creates live environments of memory in collaboration with other artists and participants from specific communities and locations. He also explores how participatory oral history performance might facilitate listening. He is Canada Research Chair in Oral History Performance and Associate Professor in the Department of Theatre at Concordia University.


You like getting to know other COHDS members? You like to share research ideas? You need to eat lunch or just need a break? If yes, then come to the COHDS affiliate and members' get together, which has been rescheduled for Friday March 9th from 12-2pm in the COHDS seminar room. We welcome everyone interested in getting to know other members and their research to come and bring their lunch. Our affiliate Leila Qashu will provide some hummus, cookies, tea and coffee. She will provide an activity so that everyone can have time to share their research informally. But if you would like to share your research, research questions or ideas for collaborations a bit more formally, it is possible. We would only ask you to limit your presentation to a maximum of 3 slides (if any) and 3 minutes total and to send an email to Leila, leilaqashu@gmail.com, to confirm. We look forward to seeing you tomorrow!

We live in troubled times. Millions are being displaced from their homes.

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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