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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.

We are excited to release the official programme of events for the 5th Emerging Scholars Symposium on Oral History, Digital Storytelling, and Creative Practice under the theme Memories in Motion! On Friday March 2nd, at the Centre for Teaching and Learning, a fantastic lineup of scholars and artists from a wide range of backgrounds will offer seminars that explore six subthemes; the politics of storytelling, oral history and photography, telling difficult stories, stories in motion, and reflections on self and place.

Our keynote speaker this year is Amanda Chalupa, a PhD Candidate in Social and Transcultural Psychiatry at McGill University. Her keynote entitled Bridging memories, stories, and responsibilities or How I became a "Polish African" will address the six themes related to Memories in Motion through her personal and professional experiences as an interdisciplinary and international “insider-outsider”. In particular, she will discuss her life’s work with the Sybiracy; Polish people who were deported from Soviet-occupied Poland to Siberia during WWII, were eventually sent to refugee camps around the world (including to countries in east Africa), and whose experiences are part of a politically repressed history.

Lab Hours

Winter 2018

Monday: 11am - 3pm

Tuesday: 4pm - 8pm

Wednesday: Closed

Thursday: 11am - 3pm

Friday: 11am - 3pm


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Hello dear COHDS affiliates and aficionados,

Wednesday, February 14, from 12 to 2pm

With Sarah Lake

High quality sound makes the biggest impact in any cinematic experience. This is especially true in the case of oral history projects, where the voice, rather than visuals, plays the leading role. Sarah will share film industry tips and tricks for optimal audio recording and how to get the best sound out of COHDS’s audio equipment.


Tuesday, February 13, from 4pm to 6pm

With Zeina Ismail-Allouche

This workshop will explore how to plan social mobilization/advocacy campaigns in support for social justice issues while incorporating oral history as a main methodology to document stories of marginalization and oppression. It will offer a combination of participatory exercises and case studies that will allow a critical examination of the role of oral history in social mobilization and the related ethical concerns. In groups, the participants will develop “SMART” strategic planning models tackling social justice issues of their choices.

Register to the workshop

Thursday, February 8, from 12pm to 2pm

With Jason Davis

Most of us are accustomed to engaging with climate change through the abstract lens of scientific reports or the contentious realm of politics. However, the changing climate is hitting ever closer to home as we experience record-breaking temperatures, destructive extreme weather, and the loss of predictable seasons. It can be difficult to talk about our own response to these changes, as we may fear that we lack scientific knowledge or that others may not listen without clear-cut “solutions” to the problem. Through my work with Climate Stories Project, I am working through this resistance by recording and sharing climate change oral histories from around the world, facilitating educational workshops on climate storytelling, and writing and performing music which features sections of some of the recorded oral histories. Join me to learn about Climate Stories Project and how you can record and share climate change oral histories.

Click here to register.

The Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling is outraged to learn that students at Concordia, past and present, have been subject to sexual harassment, coercion, and aggression during their studies. We believe that universities must be places of equal access to education and success, completely free of the sort of unwanted attention, sexual bullying, and threatening departmental culture that have been recounted by former students in recent weeks.

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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