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HIGH, Steven (Core Member - History)


Professor, Department of History, Concordia University

Dr. Steven High is an interdisciplnary historian based at COHDS. Between 2005 and 2012, he was principal investigator of the Montreal Life Stories project, a major collaborative project working with Montrealers displaced by war, genocide and other human rights violations.

He is the author of seven books including Industrial Sunset: The Making of North America's Rust Belt (2003) and with David Lewis, Corporate Wasteland: The Landscape and Memory of Deindustrialization (2007).  Among his most recent books are Oral History at the Crossroads, a sustained reflection on collaborative research, as well as Remembering Mass Violence: Oral History, New Media, and Performance (co-edited with Ted Little and Thi Ry Duong) and Beyond Testimony and Trauma: Oral History in the Aftermath of Mass Violence. Steven High's research has won numerous awards including the Porter Prize for best book in Canadian Sociology, the Albert B. Corey Prize from the Canadian and American Historical Associations, and the Klibansky Prize for best book published in the Humanities in Canada. In 2011, he was awarded Concordia University's Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Current projects

Publications, presentations, and other outcomes

Honours and Prizes:

Clio-Québec Book Prize for Oral History at the Crossroads: Sharing Life Stories of Survival and

Displacement (UBC Press, 2014). Canadian Historical Association. 2015. Awarded for the best book on Quebec History.

The Provost's Circle of Distinction. Career Achievement. Concordia University. 2015.


Catherine Foisy and Steven High. Guest Editors. Special issue on “Les sources orales au Québec. Réflexions sur un matériau et ses méthodes pour la compréhension du passé," Revue d’histoire de l’Amérique Française. 69, 1-2 (Automne 2015).

Steven High, ed. Beyond Testimony and Trauma: Oral History in the Aftermath of Mass Violence. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2015.

Steven High and 19 co-authors. La Pointe: L’autre bord de la track / The Other Side of the Tracks. Montreal: Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling, 2015.

Edward Little and Steven High, “Partners in Conversation: Ethics and the Emergent Practice of Oral History Performance,” in David Dean, Yana Meerzon and Kathryn Prince, eds.  History, Memory, Performance. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.

“Smile through the Tears: Life, Art, and the Rwandan Genocide,” in Stephen Sloan and Mark Cave, eds. Listening on the Edge: Oral History and Crisis. New York: Oxford University Press, 2014.  Winner of the book prize from the Oral History Association (USA).

Steven High, “Au-delà du syndrome de la ‘citation payante’: Les Archives vivantes et la recherche réciproque en histoire orale,”Revue d’histoire de l’Amérique française 69, 1-2 (été-automne 2015), 137-164.

Steven High, “‘They were making good money, just ten minutes from home’: Proximity and Distance in the Plant Shutdown Stories of Northern Ontario Mill Workers,” Labour/le travail 76 (Fall 2015), 11-36.

Clarkson, Ashley and Steven High, “Playing with Time: Oral History and Literary Studies in the Spoken Web Project,” Amodern 4 (2015). http://amodern.net/article/playing-time/ .

Book Reviews:

Abbie Reese. Dedicated to God: An Oral History of Cloistered Nuns. New York: Oxford University Press, 2014. Reviewed for Oral History Review (Fall 2015).

Gordon Young. Teardown: Memoir of a Vanishing City. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2013. Reviewed for the Middle West Review 1, 2 (2015).

Invited Talks

“Listening to the Post-Industrial City,” Department of History. Seminar Series. University of Toronto. 18 March 2016.

President’s Round-Table, “Oral History on the Borders: Migration and Memory,” American Historical Association. Atlanta, Georgia. 8 January 2016.

Round Table, “Mémoires des territoires urbains,” BAnQ et Institut du patrimoine (UQAM), Journée d’étude Patrimoines et numérique : la médiation en question. BAnQ. 27 November 2015.

Keynote Luncheon Speaker, “Listening to the Post Industrial City: Place-Based Storytelling and the Commodification of Misery,” North American Labor History Conference and the Department of History, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan. 22 October 2015.

“Listening to the City.” Walrus Talks Presents Animating the City. April 2015. Montreal, Quebec.

Plenary Round-Table, “Perspectives d’avenir pour la pratique de l’histoire orale au Québec,” at the Journée d'étude sur l'histoire orale au Québec. Université de Sherbrooke. 10 avril 2015

Conference Presentations:

Round Table Organizer and Participant, “Histoire orale et mediation numérique,” at the international colloquium “L’histoire des medias de l’histoire,” organized by l’Université de Perpignan Via-Domitia and l’Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières. 9 June 2015.

Round-Table Participant, “Sharing Stories and Spaces,” Creating Common Ground: The Community Mapping National Summit. Concordia University, 4-6 November 2015

Round Table Participant, “What does an interdisciplinary classroom look like? Teaching history within and beyond disciplinary boundaries,” Canadian Historical Association, 2 June 2015.

“‘We got to know where the danger spots are’: Workplace Injury and the Containment of Risk,” To be presented to the Canadian Historical Association. 2 June 2015.




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