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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.


Our annual Emerging Scholars Symposium on Oral, Digital and Public History will take place next Friday, March 31, from 9am to 5pm. This one-day event represents a rare opportunity for affiliates, students, and members of the community to meet, engage in meaningful conversations, get inspired by one another, and share projects and ideas. This year, the programme of events includes projects on oral history in the exhibition space, radio shows, migration, Quebec sign language art, and more!

Lab Hours

Lab hours - Winter 2017

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

 

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Due to the winter storm, the University will be closed on Wednesday, March 15th. All activities and classes on campus are cancelled. Access to campus remains open. Staff and faculty are not expected to report to work today. However, if you need access to your lab or office, it will be open. The libraries on both campuses are closed.

COHDS is cancelling its lab hours for the day.

 

Wednesday, March 22, from 2 to 5pm

With Luis Sotelo Castro, Canada Research Chair in Oral History Performance, Associate Professor, Department of Theatre

Oral histories are used in a range of performance practices to engage audiences with aspects of social reality by means of aesthetic strategies. Due to its concerns with matters of memory and the public sphere, oral history performance often acts as both activist and memorial art. Yet, precisely because it combines art and memory to raise questions of socio-political relevance, it opens itself up to questions about authenticity, voice, authorship, and ethics. To touch on these questions, this hybrid workshop-seminar offers an introduction to oral history performance techniques through the lens of issues around four conceptual areas: a) audience engagement; b) the blurred line between the real and the imagined (fictional, created); c) activism; and d) the notion of ‘performance of memory’.

Time has already come to start planning COHDS' programme of events for the 2017 Fall semester! We invite the centre's affiliates to submit event proposals.

Please take note of the following deadlines:

April 4th, 2017: Deadline to submit an extended workshop proposal (two-day workshop).

May 1st, 2017: Deadline to submit a regular event proposal, either for the InterActions series (training workshops) or the InterSections series (round-tables, lectures, special events).

If you have any questions, or wish to submit a proposal, please write to Marie-Anne Gagnon, Interim Associate Director at COHDS: ohconcordia@gmail.com.

The deadline for submitting nominations is March 10th, 2017. Graduate students enrolled at Concordia University and affiliated with COHDS who completed their work after April 1st, 2016 are eligible.

Here at the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling of Concordia University where I write and do research, we are surrounded by voices. Much of our work in recent years has focused on the histories of violence and displacement. It is through these recorded voices and these witnesses that we have gained access to stories from the four corners of the planet, so distant and yet so similar. Through our research and our reflections, we have sometimes learned to cross the disciplinary and political barriers that keep us at a distance from these voices. In contemplating the life stories of people who have seen first-hand the rise of fascism, of totalitarian regimes, of genocidal violence, we have gradually become witnesses ourselves, whether we have experienced these atrocities or not. We have become witnesses to the witnesses, guardians and archivists of their memory, indebted to their generosity and their courage.

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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