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Our community is made ​​up of over 150 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.

We lead our own research and creation projects besides collaborating to those of our affiliates and partners. 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.

October 22-23 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Listening with Heart:
Tools for self-awareness and skillful communication from the Compassionate Listening Project

After the first “Decolonizing Research”, which took place in October 2015, we are happy to present a new extended workshop, offered by our core member Sharon Gubbay Helfer. This two-day skill-building workshop will introduce the five core practices developed by the Compassionate Listening Project: listening with the heart, speaking from the heart, developing the "fair witness", respecting self and others and cultivating compassion. In addition, it will present techniques for skillful questioning, and stimulate awareness of the judgments and triggers that get in the way of hearing clearly. All material will be presented and practiced, using demonstrations and role-plays in large and small groups. Group size will be 10-15 participants.

Lab Hours

Lab hours - Fall 2016

Tuesday 12:00 - 8:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 - 3:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 - 3:00 pm
Friday 11:00 - 3:00 pm

If you have inquiries or would like to make room or equipment borrowing requests, please send an email to cohds.chorn@concordia.ca


Latest News

Wednesday, October 12, from 4:00 to 6:00PM

Since 2016 marks the centenary of Irish Independence and the 20th anniversary of the closing of the last Magdalene Laundry in Ireland, a series of events are organized all over the world by artists and academics under the 1916: Home: 2016 Memory Event, October 7-31.

As part of this series, Audrey Rousseau and Isobel Plowright will present their research-creation work on the Magdalene Laundries at COHDS. Following the screening of Audrey’s documentary film and exploring Isobel’s installation, both presenters will briefly reflect on their work, before engaging in a discussion with the public.

Click here to register to this workshop.

Join us on Thursday, October 6, for a “5 à 7” celebrating five books published by our affiliates in the last year! There will be wine, cheese and a draw for books. Copies will also be available for purchase (cash only). With Gavin Foster, Patrick Leroux, Stéphane Martelly, Doug Miller and Ronald Rudin. Welcome to all!

Thursday, September 29, from 5:00 to 7:00PM

In their annual reports, a number of affiliates expressed the need for more occasions to meet and get to know each other. This event will bring together affiliates to explore common research interests, methodologies and themes. Newcomers to COHDS are welcome to take this occasion to meet other members of the community. This event might lead to the creation of affinity groups among affiliates.

This event will be hosted by Wendy Allen and Lisa Ndejuru, core members of COHDS.

Click here to register.


Next week's workshop, "Urban Enchantments: The City as Collaborator", will take place on Wednesday from 12:00 to 2:00PM.

Dr. Cynthia Hammond will discuss her combined practice as an artist, historian of the built environment, and community-engaged curator, through which she creates public events and art projects that directly connect residents with urban history and debates surrounding current development.

Click here to register.

COHDS Annual General Assembly will take place this Friday, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in our sunroom. Lunch will be served. The event will begin with a talk by Leila Qashu, based on her dissertation, “Towards an Understanding of Justice, Belief and Women's Rights: Ateetee, an Arsi Oromo women's musical dispute resolution process in Ethiopia." Leila Qashu is a Banting Post-Doctoral Fellow, who has recently joined us at COHDS. Click here to register to the event.

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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