Welcome to COHDS


The Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling (COHDS) is an interdisciplinary research unit of Concordia University dedicated to exploring the remembered past through digital and oral approaches. It is made up of two complementary labs: the Oral History Lab, directed by Steven High, and the Digital History Lab, directed by Elena Razlogova. It hosts many university and community-based projects operating at the local, national and international levels.

Haiti: from tragedy to transformation? (short version) from Jayne Engle-Warnick on Vimeo.

January 12th, 2010 marked one of the most catastrophic human disasters of our time.  It left many tens of thousands of people dead and over a million families homeless. Reconstruction efforts have been painfully slow. For many, what’s important is to not reconstruct what was, but rather to see the tragedy in part as an opportunity to re-conceive Haiti and to construct not only buildings differently, but also communities and society.  Jayne Engle-Warnick’s PhD research underway involves learning from local people in Bellevue-Lamontagne through participatory research methods which incorporate photography, mapping, storytelling, and dialogue.  By engaging people and sharing power in the research, such as by inviting participants to photograph their everyday lives and then talk about what they mean to them, Jayne has been able to better understand how redevelopment projects are affecting the community and people’s lives, in positive, negative, and unexpected ways.


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