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Our community is made ​​up of over 200 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.

Our affiliates continuously produce a wide variety of research and multimedia projects. 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.


Under the leadership of Dr Steven High, COHDS is co-hosting the Oral History Association 2018 Annual Meeting from October 10 to 14. With 140 sessions, 800 delegates, and 25 parallel research-creation projects located throughout the downtown Concordia campus, library, and surrounding neighbourhoods, this is going to be an unprecedented showcase for oral history research, and research-creation, in Montreal.

You can now register to the conference! Click here for more information. The program is also available online.

Following a renovation that began in Spring of this year, COHDS will reopen on Wednesday, October 10th, the first day of the Oral History Association meeting in Montreal. A particularly exciting feature of our reopening will be the first glimpse of Dr Luis Sotelo Castro's Acts of Listening Laboratory, or "ALL". With his emphasis on listening in post-conflict zones, and research-creation that responds to questions of memory, justice, and storytelling, Dr Sotelo Castro’s new Lab will complement our Centre’s existing strengths in sharing authority and difficult knowledge. This state-of-the-art laboratory will form an integral part of COHDS’s research and creation activities in the years to come, and facilitate a core objective: to foster cross-disciplinary collaboration through oral history, the arts, and digital media.

With so many affiliates involved in the upcoming OHA, we are focusing our fall programming on their activities, emphasizing the public and free events that everyone may access.

Fall 2018 - Lab Opening Hours

 
Monday: Closed
 
Tuesday: 16h - 20h
 
Wednesday: 11h - 15h
 
Thursday: 13h - 17h
 
Friday: 11h - 15h

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Wednesday, October 10, from 9 to 11am

With Paul Thompson

Archiving Oral History and Secondary Analysis with Paul Thompson (Pre-OHA, Public Access)

The Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling and the Concordia Library are proud to co-sponsor a two hour workshop on "Archiving Oral History and Secondary Analysis" with Paul Thompson, one of the founders of global oral history. He is the author of the classic text The Voice of the Past (4th edition 2017) as well as other key books such as The Myths We Live By (with Raphael Samuel).

The workshop will explore a series of key questions facing oral historians:

  1. Why archive oral history interviews? How can you decide which sets of interviews are most worth archiving? What are the most important forms of accessibility and finding aids? What are the ethical and copyright issues involved in using material collected for other purposes?
  2. Why secondary analysis? Using earlier data as a pilot for your own fieldwork research. Extending your sample base by using previously collected data. Studies of your material by other researchers. Restudies over time.
  3. What are the difficulties? Losing the feel of collecting original data. Interpreting data collected in other contexts.
  4. The value of mixed methods: combining your own and other’s data.

The Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling's first workshop of the fall semester will take place on Tuesday, September 18!

*Please be advised that this workshop will be given in French.

Given by Stéphane Martelly, COHDS' Coordinator and Community Facilitator, this workshop will provide you with some of the fundamentals in the interdisciplinary field of oral history. Participants will learn about the evolution of the field, its approach to interviewing, ethics in research, and the many ways that oral historians now go public with their research and recorded stories. This workshop is strongly recommenced to all new affiliates, as it is intended to present the methodology and ethics developed and followed by our Centre.

PLEASE NOTE that due to our presently reduced space, priority will be given to COHDS affiliates.

The Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling's archive is looking for volunteers to help prepare for the upcoming move into the newly renovated archive. If you are interested in helping rehouse our DVDs and prepare articles for the move, please contact Sonia Dhaliwal, Archive Coordinator, at cohds.chorn.archives@gmail.com.

Jason Edward Lewis is a digital media artist, poet, and software designer.

Shira Avni is an animation filmmaker and associate professor of film animation and cinema at Concordia University.

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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