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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 looking to hire an archival assistant for June and July.

***Must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident paying Quebec tuition fees, and have applied for and be receiving Quebec student aid in 2016-2017, including the Summer semester***

Deadline to apply: May 15th, 2016

Lab Hours

Lab Hours: Winter 2016

Tuesday 12:00 - 8:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 - 1:00 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

Ronald Rudin, co-director of COHDS, will present “The Lost Stories Project” at an event on Wednesday, February 17. Entitled “Shared Histories: Using Technology to Connect and Commemorate”, this event will bring together several digital history projects.

The Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling announces the third competition for the Award for Excellence in Oral History! This $500 award recognizes research excellence in the interdisciplinary field of Oral History. The deadline for submitting nominations is March 4th, 2016.

Past winners include Aude Maltais-Landry and Scott Macleod.

This workshop will take place on Thursday, February 11, from 12:00 to 2:00PM.

Celebrating the launch of the Revue d'histoire de l'Amérique française's special issue on oral sources, this event will largely take part in French.

Alors que l'histoire orale occupe une place relativement marginale au sein de la discipline historienne, ses diverses formes de pratiques favorisent néanmoins les échanges avec diverses disciplines des sciences humaines et sociales, ce dont témoignent des travaux novateurs réalisés au cours des dernières années au Québec. En s'appuyant sur les discussions qui ont émergé lors d'une journée d'études à l'Université de Sherbrooke en avril 2015, et pour souligner le lancement du numéro spécial de la RhAf sur les sources orales, cette table ronde rassemble de jeunes chercheurs en histoire orale qui sont invités à partager leurs récits de pratique à l'aulne de la formation qu'ils et elles ont reçue. Comment forme-t-on la relève, d'une institution à une autre? Comment se pratique l'histoire orale au Québec, dans les murs de l'université et à l'extérieur du cadre académique?

La table ronde sera présidée par Ioana Radu, et commentée par Louise Bienvenue, directrice de la RhAf, et Denyse Baillargeon, professeure d’histoire à l’Université de Montréal. La discussion sera suivie d'une petite réception, et des copies du numéro spécial de la RhAf seront en vente.

This workshop will take place on Thursday, February 11, from 12:00 to 2:00PM.

Celebrating the launch of the Revue d'histoire de l'Amérique française's special issue on oral sources, this event will largely take part in French.

As oral history holds a relatively marginal place within the field of history, its diverse forms of practice nonetheless favor interactions with various fields of human sciences and social sciences, as shown by multiple groundbreaking works produced throughout the last years in Quebec. Relying on the discussions that emerged from a day of study at the Université de Sherbrooke in April 2015, and to underline the launch of a special issue of the RhAf on oral sources, this round table unites young oral history researchers who are invited to share their practice, taking into account the training they received. How do we shape successors, from one institution to the other? How do we practice oral history in Quebec, within the University walls and outside the academic setting?

The round table will be facilitated by Ioana Radu, and commented by Louise Bienvenue, director at the RhAf, and Denyse Baillargeon, history professor at the Université de Montréal. A small gathering will follow the discussion, and copies of the RhAf’s special issue will be available for purshase.

Every person born in this world has a coast, an edge, a boundary, a transitional zone between themselves and the world.  John A. Murray

Next week's workshop will take place on Monday, February 8, from 5:30 to 7:30PM with Elizabeth Miller.

The Shore Line is a collaborative online documentary, a collection of stories about individuals responding to the threats of massive development, destructive storms, and rising sea levels on coastal communities around the world. Producer and director Liz Miller will screen shorts from the project – featuring individuals from Panama, Bangladesh, and Canada and discuss how the coast is a metaphor for new ways to thinking – across countries and disciplines in search of creative solutions that defy traditional approaches or boundaries. The goal of the project is to create a dynamic educational platform to promote dialogue and push forward creative pedagogies around the environment. The presentation will be followed by small reception.

Elizabeth Miller is an independent documentary maker, trans-media artist, and professor in the Department of Communications Studies at Concordia.

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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