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.

The Department of Theatre and the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling are in the process of hiring a new faculty member, who will then be nominated as a Canada Research Chair in Oral History Performance. This is a key moment in the history of COHDS, cementing its relationship to the Faculty of Fine Arts and the Theatre Department.

In the coming weeks we will be interviewing three of the shortlisted candidates, each of whom will be giving a public lecture at COHDS on their work. All three are world-class researcher-practitioners, so we very much hope you can make it to one or more of these public talks:

Dr. Luis C. Sotelo-Castro, University of East London. “The Most Convenient Way Out: Making Oral History Available as a Guided Audio Walk in a Zone of Conflict.” Monday April 27, 2:00-3:30 @ COHDS (LB 1042)

Dr. Caleb Johnston, University of Edinburgh. “Performing Migrant Stories in a Transnational Field.” Tuesday May 5, 2:00-3:30pm @ COHDS (LB 1042)

Dr. T.L. Cowan, The New School, “Shared Stages: Oral History Performance, Cultures of Storytelling, History Telling and Social Change.”  Friday May 8, 1:00-2:30pm @ COHDS (LB 1042)

Lab Hours

Winter 2015

Tuesday...........................11:00am - 3:00pm
Wednesday ....................11:00am - 3:00pm
Thursday ........................11:00am - 3:00pm
Friday............................. 11:00am - 3:00pm*

* Open lab hours only. No lab support during these hours.

Latest News

Anita Sinner, a core faculty member at COHDS in Art Education, has co-edited (with Dianne Conrad) a new book, “Creating Together: Participatory, Co

New special issue of the literary journal AMODERN edited by COHDS affiliates Jason Camlot and Christine Mitchell on “The Poetry Series,” explores t

Gavin Foster, a COHDS core faculty member in the School of Canadian Irish Studies, has published a new monograph - "The Irish Civil War and Society: Politics, Class and Conflict". Congratulations Gavin!

Dr. Lilia Topouzova, an award winning filmmaker and historian, has been awarded a 2-year SSHRC post-doctoral fellowship to examine the recorded life stories and personal archives of Bulgarian gulag survivors.

A new edited collection has just been published. Among the contributors are a number of COHDS affiliates and alumni including Steven High, Marie Pelletier, Liz Miller, Michele Luchs, Hank Greenspan, Stacey Zembrzycki, Yolande Cohen, Anna Sheftel, Sara Cohen-Fournier, Martin Messika, and Arthur McIvor.

The Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling is proud to announce that it is a key partner of UQAM’s CRC in Urban Heritage Studies in organizing the biannual conference of the Association of Critical Heritage Studies which will be held in Montreal in June 2016.  The interdisciplinary conference will bring together 600-800 delegates from around the world for four days (2 days at UQAM, 2 days at Concordia)...Read more


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