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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.

COHDS is pleased to announce the release of its fall 2016 programme of events. Click here to download the full programme of events.

Lab Hours

Lab hours - Summer 2016 : Please note that the lab is now closed for the Summer. Regular hours will resume at the end of August.

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

Le Centre d'histoire de Montréal lance le site Mémoires des Montréalais. Un site entièrement consacré à l'histoire de Montréal et de ses habitants composé d'articles, de dossiers, de photographies et de vidéos, de témoignages de Montréalais qui sera enrichi de mois en mois, en route vers 2017 et les années subséquentes.

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.

La création comme manière de penser les traditions et de les actualiser dans l'espace urbain.

The Critical Creation Series are curated by Stéphane Martelly and Lilia Topouzova, Postdoctoral Fellows at COHDS, and will take place at Concordia University from June 6th to June 7th as part of the Critical Heritage Studies Third Biennial Conference (from June 3rd to June 8th).

With: Lilia Topouzova, Livia Daza-Paris, Dominique Fontaine, Lisa Ndejuru, David Ward, Zab Maboungou, Karla Etienne, Zab Maboungou/Compagnie Danse Nyata Nyata, Milan Tanedjikov, Jonathan Carlone, Marina Carrier, Genia De Marco, Katelyn Dobbin, Saba Golabi, Kat Sawan.​

Ronald Rudin, Co-Director of COHDS and professor in Concordia’s Department of History, has recently published his seventh book, Kouchibouguac: Removal, Resistance and Remembrance at a Canadian National Park (University of Toronto Press, 2016).

COHDS is proud to announce two newly funded SSHRC projects in partnership with Montreal’s Rwandan community. (1) COHDS and Page-Rwanda were awarded a four-year Partnership Development grant from SSHRC to develop an innovative online “Living Archives of Rwandan Exiles and Survivors in Canada / Archives vivantes des Rwandais exilés au Canada suite au génocide et aux violences antérieures / Ubuhamya bw’Abanyarwanda bahungiye muri Canada Jenoside n’itotezwa ryayibanjirije.” The project will also involve substantial tools development, including a new web application of Stories Matter and a data visualization tool that will allow us to identify patterns across an entire interview collection. Congratulations Steven High, Callixte Kabayiza, Emmanuel Habimana, Sébastien Caquard and, Lu Xiao. (2) Sébastien Caquard also received a SSHRC Insight Grant, with Steven High, Sabine Bergler, and Catherine Dominquès, for “Des récits à la carte: méthodologies, technologies et approches sensibles pour cartographier des récits de vie de réfugiés rwandais.” This project will develop a new narrative mapping tool that will enable us to visualize spatial patterns within, between and across survivor interviews. Both projects build directly on the Montreal Life Stories project.

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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