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ZEMBRZYCKI, Stacey (Core Member - History)


Teacher, Department of History, Dawson College & Affiliate Assistant Professor, Department of History, Concordia University

Dr. Stacey Zembrzycki is the author of According to Baba: A Collaborative Oral History of Sudbury's Ukrainian Community (University of British Columbia Press, 2014), www.sudburyukrainians.ca, and is co-editor, with Anna Sheftel, of Oral History Off the Record: Toward an Ethnography of Practice (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013). Zembrzycki’s current Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) funded project, Mining Immigrant Bodies, uses oral history to explore the connections between mining, health, and the environment and their impact on postwar immigrant communities in Sudbury, Ontario.

Publications, presentations, and other outcomes


2015 According to Baba: A Collaborative Oral History of Sudbury’s Ukrainian Community shortlisted for the Taras Shevchenko Foundation biennial Kobzar Literary Award; $1500 prize awarded. 

Articles/Book Chapters

Co-authored with Anna Sheftel. “Slowing Down to Listen in the Digital Age: How New Technology is Changing Oral History Practice.” Oral History Review 44, 1 (Winter/Spring 2017): 94-112.

Co-authored with Anna Sheftel. “Who’s Afraid of Oral History? Fifty Years of Debates and Anxiety About Ethics.” Oral History Review 43, 2 (Summer/Fall 2016): 338-366.


“What about the People?” Place, Memory, and Industrial Pollution in Sudbury,” Active History, 5 November 2015, http://activehistory.ca/2015/11/what-about-the-people-place-memory-and-industrial-pollution-in-sudbury/.

Conference Presentations

2015 A Roundtable Discussion on “Talking and Taboo: Challenges in Interviewing around Intimate Topics.” Annual Meeting of the Oral History Association (US). Tampa, Florida.

2015 with Mike Commito. “The Sinter Plant Boys: Jean Gagnon and the Fight to Compensate Sudbury Families.” Annual Meeting of the Canadian Historical Association. University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario.

Invited Presentations

2017 “Baba As Oral Historian: The Challenges of Collaborative Community-Implicated Practice.” Keynote Speaker at the Centre for Oral History and Tradition. University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge, Alberta.

2016 “Loneliness, Intimacy, and Life Stories of Health,” Panelist on Modalités du récit de vie Table II: Récits de vie, élaborations identitaires, création et production de savoirs, Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling, Montreal, Quebec.

2015 with Olga Zembrzycki. “Reflections on the Making of According to Baba.” Guest lecturer in Graduate Seminar on Historical Methods. Laurentian University, Sudbury, Ontario.

2015 “Slowing Down to Listen in the Digital Age: Feminist Reflections on How Technology Impacts Oral History Practice.” Keynote Speaker for the Interactions Seminar Series on Feminist Oral History hosted by the Department of Historical and Cultural Studies, University of Toronto Scarborough.

2015 Reading from According to Baba: A Collaborative Oral History of Sudbury’s Ukrainian Community at the 36th Annual International Festival of Authors (IFOA), as part of the Kobzar @     IFOA Panel. Toronto, Ontario.


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