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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.

Following their well-received two-hour workshop last winter, Ioana Radu and Aude Maltais-Landry offer the first in a new series of extended workshops at COHDS. Grounded in their own research practice and experience with Indigenous communities, this in-depth two-day, bilingual workshop will explore how oral history can be a tool for Indigenous struggles.  There will be a strong emphasis on helping participants to develop their own research project. The workshop will take place from October 30 - 31st.

Lab Hours

Lab Hours: Autumn 2015

Tuesday 12:00 - 8:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 - 2:00 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

Join us for this workshop on Monday October 5 (12-2) which will focus on the thinking behind a large national oral history project in Australia to document the lifelong impact of being in care as a child. This project was conducted in the aftermath of several extensive government inquiries, and before the current Royal Commission into Institutional Responses into Child Sexual Abuse. I will discuss how we addressed some of the challenges in conducting a national, government funded, historical documentation project in a politically and emotionally charged context. I will raise issues of methodology for large oral history projects, ethical questions for historians, and the difference between being an advocate and doing history. I will reflect on what justice means for those involved in the project.

Ioana Radu successfully defended her Humanities PhD thesis entitled ...“Miyupimaatisiiun in Eeyou Istchee: Healing and Decolonization in Chisasibi”

COHDS is proud to announce that Dr. Stéphane Martelly has been awarded a two year post-doctoral fellowship from the FRQSC for her research creation project “Penser et créer depuis le lieu de ce silence. Élaborations de l’oeuvre absente et possible à partir des « histoires de vie » de Montréalais déplacés par la violence (Haïti-Québec).” Dr. Martelly is an award-winning author, poet, painter, and researcher who was a key member of the Haitian Working Group of the Montreal Life Stories project (2006-12).

The Canadian Historical Association has awarded Steven High's Oral History at the Crossroads: Sharing Life Stories of Survival and Displacement (UBC Press, 2014) the Clio-Quebec Prize for best book published on the history of Quebec. The book tells the story of the Montreal Life Stories project. Congrats!

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


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