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.

We Are Here, the final exhibition of the Montreal Life Stories project presented at the Centre d’histoire de Montréal in 2012-2013 featured the personal journeys of Montrealers from all over the world who brought with them unique stories of displacement due to war, genocide, or the violation of their fundamental rights. In 2013-2014, intern Jennifer Brunet created a virtual version of the exhibit, making it accessible to the public for the long term.

The Harriet Tubman Institute and COHDS are presenting “African Diaspora 2.0: Oral Sources and Digital Humanities” this weekend, a two-day workshop that connects scholars and community historians of Africana studies with digital specialists to discuss how to make past and present oral narratives of people within the African diaspora more accessible and visible through technology.

Lab Hours

Autumn 2014  
Tuesday...........................5:00pm - 9:00pm
Wednesday ....................11:00am - 3:00pm
Thursday ........................11:00am - 5:00pm
Friday............................. 11:00am - 3:00pm


We are very happy to announce that Eric Weissman, a former student affiliate of COHDS, won the CAGS/UMI Distinguished Dissertation Award for Spaces, Places and States of Mind: a pragmatic ethnography of liminal critique

COHDS affiliate Sharon Gubbay Helfer was recently in Barcelona to attend the International Oral History Association's biennial conference. She captured some events and conversations with presenters and has put everything together in an online multimedia reportage.

Congratulations to Ron Rudin, Phil Lichti and Archinodes for winning the Canadian Historical Association (CHA) prize for their project "Returning the Voices to Kouchibouguac National Park".


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