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The “Listening with Heart” extended workshop will be offered by our core member Sharon Gubbay Helfer on February 25 and 26. This two-day skill-building workshop will introduce the five core practices developed by the Compassionate Listening Project. Register online!

Please note that COHDS will be closed during reading week, from February 18 to 27 inclusive. We will reopen on Tuesday, February 28. Affiliates who would like to borrow equipment during the break have until Friday, February 17, to do so. To book equipment, please send an email to cohds.chorn@concordia.ca.

The Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling announces the fourth competition for the Award for Excellence in Oral History! This $500 award recognizes research excellence in the interdisciplinary field of Oral History.

Don't miss the "What is Nipivut ('Our Voice')? Action Research and Inuit Stories in the City" workshop on Wednesday, February 15, from 12 to 2pm, with Mark Watson, visiting researchers Christopher Fletcher and Donna Patrick, as well as Inuit community partners.

This presentation builds on the work of engaged co-researchers (Inuit and non-Inuit) interested in useful and relevant research for and by Inuit through the medium of participatory inquiry. Through highlighting the story of Nipivut, the Montreal Inuit radio show, we examine research linkages between South and North and new directions for Inuit-based inquiry especially within urban contexts. Key to our understanding of action-oriented methods is that they are decolonizing in the sense that they “begin and end with the standpoint of indigenous lives, needs, and desires, engaging with academic lives, approaches and priorities along the way” (Tallbear 2014). We propose to discuss the range, limits, and possibilities of participatory projects that relate to oral history; radio production and representation; health and well-being; and other topics.

Here at the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling of Concordia University, we are surrounded by voices. Much of our work in recent years has focused on histories of violence and displacement (Life Stories of Montrealers Displaced by War, Genocide, and other Human Rights Violations). It is through these recorded voices and these witnesses that we have gained access to these stories from the four corners of the planet, so distant and yet so similar. From our research, we have learned to break down the disciplinary and political barriers that work at keeping us at a distance from these voices. In contemplating these life stories of people who have seen first-hand the rise of fascism, of totalitarian regimes, of genocidal violence, we have gradually become witnesses ourselves, whether we have experienced these atrocities or not. We have become witnesses to the witnesses, guardians and archivists of their memory, indebted to their generosity and their courage.

It is for this reason that we cannot remain silent in the face of the words, actions, and laws of mounting intolerance in North America. Faced by the extreme acts of the current government of the United States, led by Donald Trump, that are affecting thousands of refugees and landed immigrants, faced with the terrorist attack on the mosque in the Town of Sainte-Foy here in Quebec that has already led to the death of six people and serious injury to many others, we cannot remain silent.

We affirm by this declaration our solidarity with all refugees, and all migrants, all Muslims, and all marginalized peoples who have born the brunt of this violence. We amplify the voice of all those who have survived such violence, who have managed to escape from it, or have been forced into exile. In their actions, they have warned us of the dangers of hateful language and acts. We have heard you, we have seen you, and we stand by you in these days of resistance.

The Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling Board

Our next workshop will take place this Friday, February 3, from 6 to 8pm with Sam and Katah.

We are witnessing the third largest migration of modern history. There was the massive shifting of humanity caused by the Second World War, the movement of Muslims from India to Pakistan. Now, it is this march of mankind, from far distant corners of the earth; children from Bangladesh, families from Senegal, along with men and women from Syria, Irak and Afghanistan, entering modern Europe.
 
The talk will focus on the current migrant and refugee situation (who they are, where they come from, where they are going); the risks they take (before getting to Greece crossing the Straits of Mytilini and once in the EU); who is involved and what their role is (smugglers, governments, fishermen, NGO’s, locals); the law of the sea; there is no end in sight; the call for a Safe Passage.

To underline Montreal’s 375th anniversary, the First Peoples Studies Program (School of Community and Public Affairs, Concordia University), in collaboration with the Center for Oral History and Digital Storytelling (Concordia University) and DIALOG (Aboriginal Peoples Knowledge and Research Network), is organizing a series of round tables to honor and acknowledge the role of Indigenous peoples in the city’s history and collective identity of the province.

COHDS is now open for the winter semester. Take a look at our new programme of events! It will kick off on January 17 and 18 with the two Introduction workshops, strongly recommended to all new affiliates. Register online to all the workshops and events. Happy New Year!

"Dwellings" is an immersive theatrical exploration of the loss, meaning and potential of home for Indigenous and other peoples, meant to aid mutual understanding and reconciliation. We are looking for undergrad and graduate students to help realize this multimedia performance project. The project will be taking place in a number of Research and Departmental spaces across Concordia, lead by guest artists Floyd Favel (Cree) and Emilie Monnet (Anishinaabe/French) and theatre faculty Ulla Neuerburg-Denzer.

Don't miss COHDS' first Film Festival tomorrow, Friday, December 2.

COHDS Film Festival: Oral History on Film

This one-day film festival will showcase some of COHDS’ affiliates documentary films that feature the use of oral history. Our community of researchers, artists, students and practitioners uses documentary film to show and tell little known stories, bringing oral history to a larger public.

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