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Organized jointly by COHDS and the Scottish Oral History Centre at Strathclyde University in Glasgow
May 1-4, 2014 - Montréal, Québec
The conference will bring together scholars from a variety of disciplines as well as artists, musicians, poets, digital practitioners, film-makers, community-based projects, and others who are engaging with deindustrialization, its aftermath, and working-class resistance. We therefore encourage the submission of individual papers, session proposals, workshops, film screenings, performances, art installations, poetry readings, place-based activities, poster presentations, and other non-traditional formats.  An edited collection and a special issue of a journal are planned.
Co-sponsored by the Montreal Life Stories CURA, COHDS, and the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies 
March 22-25, 2012
Concordia University
The Beyond Testimony and Trauma conference invited participants to reflect on the many ways that oral historians, artists, new media practitioners, educators, and survivors themselves engage with these life stories. It also explored collaborative projects in which survivors become partners and not simply historical sources or objects of study. What are the rightful claims of a more holistic and/or collaborative approach to survivors’ retelling? What are the political and ethical implications of different ways of engaging survivors’ accounts?
Organisé par l’ARUC Histoires de vie Montréal - Groupe de travail Cambodge
5-7 mai 2011
Université Concordia
Avec ce colloque, nous avons tenté de comprendre pourquoi et comment le génocide perpétré par les Khmers rouges a façonné l'identité khmère, celle des Cambodgiens restés au pays et celle de la diaspora. Nous avons également abordé les questions suivantes : Tout passé douloureux, est-il bon à transmettre? Si oui, comment le transmettre? Trente ans après les faits, quelle est l'importance de juger les responsables du génocide? Quelles histoires de ce génocide sont transmises à la jeune génération? Comment les artistes et les cinéastes ont-ils exprimé leur vision et leurs émotions face au génocide? Quelles ont été les conséquences des récents tribunaux pénaux internationaux sur la mémoire publique et «privée» (familiale)? Trente ans après le régime khmer rouge, peut-on parler de justice et de réconciliation au Cambodge?
Organized by Yolande Cohen’s research team as part of the Montreal Life Stories CURA
April 12-13,l 2011
Université du Québec à Montréal
L’équipe de recherche réunie autour de Yolande Cohen au Département d’histoire de l’UQÀM, (Linda Guerry, post-doctorante, Martin Messika, doctorant), qui travaille sur les migrations maghrébines comparées depuis quelques années, ont organisé ce colloque sur la nature de ces migrations et leurs effets sur les sociétés françaises et québécoises contemporaines.
Co-sponsored by the Canadian Historical Association, COHDS, and the 2010 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences
May 28-June 1, 2010
Concordia University
Hundreds of colleagues from across the country (and beyond) responded to our invitation to reflect on practices of “Telling Stories” and engage in some “Storytelling” of their own. The resultant program featured 94 conference panels that explored the dynamics of history and storytelling in the world of graphic novels, on stage and in the digital age, to name just three examples.
Co-sponsored by COHDS and the Montreal Life Stories CURA
November 5-8, 2009
Concordia University
This interdisciplinary conference which brought scholars, artists, professionals and community-based researchers together to promote deep engagement with life stories that contain or are defined by experiences of mass human rights violations. Its guiding principle was a sincere commitment to public engagement.
Organized by the Association of Parents and Friends of the Victims of the Rwandan Genocide (PAGE-Rwanda), in collaboration with the Montreal Life Stories CURA and the Alex and Ruth Dworkin Foundation of the Canadian Jewish Congress, Quebec.
March 19-21, 2009
Université du Québec à Montréal
This conference aimed to bring together various figures from the academy and from the community to reflect on the different themes surrounding the 1994 genocide, its impacts and its implications for survivors. The conference was part of a series of commemorative activities which took place throughout March and April 2009.
Co-sponsored by COHDS and the Montreal Life Stories CURA
February 7-10, 2008
Concordia University
Historian Michael Frisch coined the phrase “shared authority” in 1990 to describe the dialogical nature of the oral interview. The interaction between the researcher asking questions and the community narrator providing answers results in a unique source. At its best, sharing authority is about much more than speaking to new audiences; it requires the cultivation of trust, the development of collaborative relationships, and shared decision-making. It cannot be rushed. 


Concordia University