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The Annual General Assembly is coming very soon! The AGA will take place on Tuesday, November 6th, from 11am to 3pm at LB-1019.

The AGA will hold important votes on our agenda which requires your valuable input, as well as exciting news related to COHDS's community!

We are honoured to have Dr Heather Igloliorte as our Keynote Speaker, whose presentation will be "Oral History in Community and by Community: Speaking with Inuit Artists about their Work”. Dr. Heather Igloliorte is an Inuk scholar and independent curator who holds the University Research Chair in Indigenous Art History and Community Engagement at Concordia University, which is seated on unceded Indigenous lands of the Kanien’kehá:ka Nation,who are recognized as the custodians of the lands and waters of Tiohtiá:ke/Montreal.

Additionally, this year there will be lots of lively new activities including a Launch Lunch for Quebec Heritage News (Fall 2018 edition), an ALL-Lab Warming Visit with Luis Sotelo Castro. We’re bringing back the Communi-Tea with Leila Qashu where you can grab a tasty treat in the company of your oral history peers and share what you’re working on!

Under the leadership of Dr Steven High, COHDS is co-hosting the Oral History Association 2018 Annual Meeting from October 10 to 14. With 140 sessions, 800 delegates, and 25 parallel research-creation projects located throughout the downtown Concordia campus, library, and surrounding neighbourhoods, this is going to be an unprecedented showcase for oral history research, and research-creation, in Montreal.

You can now register to the conference! Click here for more information. The program is also available online.

Following a renovation that began in Spring of this year, COHDS will reopen on Wednesday, October 10th, the first day of the Oral History Association meeting in Montreal. A particularly exciting feature of our reopening will be the first glimpse of Dr Luis Sotelo Castro's Acts of Listening Laboratory, or "ALL". With his emphasis on listening in post-conflict zones, and research-creation that responds to questions of memory, justice, and storytelling, Dr Sotelo Castro’s new Lab will complement our Centre’s existing strengths in sharing authority and difficult knowledge. This state-of-the-art laboratory will form an integral part of COHDS’s research and creation activities in the years to come, and facilitate a core objective: to foster cross-disciplinary collaboration through oral history, the arts, and digital media.

With so many affiliates involved in the upcoming OHA, we are focusing our fall programming on their activities, emphasizing the public and free events that everyone may access.

Wednesday, October 10, from 9 to 11am

With Paul Thompson

Archiving Oral History and Secondary Analysis with Paul Thompson (Pre-OHA, Public Access)

The Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling and the Concordia Library are proud to co-sponsor a two hour workshop on "Archiving Oral History and Secondary Analysis" with Paul Thompson, one of the founders of global oral history. He is the author of the classic text The Voice of the Past (4th edition 2017) as well as other key books such as The Myths We Live By (with Raphael Samuel).

The workshop will explore a series of key questions facing oral historians:

  1. Why archive oral history interviews? How can you decide which sets of interviews are most worth archiving? What are the most important forms of accessibility and finding aids? What are the ethical and copyright issues involved in using material collected for other purposes?
  2. Why secondary analysis? Using earlier data as a pilot for your own fieldwork research. Extending your sample base by using previously collected data. Studies of your material by other researchers. Restudies over time.
  3. What are the difficulties? Losing the feel of collecting original data. Interpreting data collected in other contexts.
  4. The value of mixed methods: combining your own and other’s data.

The Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling's first workshop of the fall semester will take place on Tuesday, September 18!

*Please be advised that this workshop will be given in French.

Given by Stéphane Martelly, COHDS' Coordinator and Community Facilitator, this workshop will provide you with some of the fundamentals in the interdisciplinary field of oral history. Participants will learn about the evolution of the field, its approach to interviewing, ethics in research, and the many ways that oral historians now go public with their research and recorded stories. This workshop is strongly recommenced to all new affiliates, as it is intended to present the methodology and ethics developed and followed by our Centre.

PLEASE NOTE that due to our presently reduced space, priority will be given to COHDS affiliates.

The Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling's archive is looking for volunteers to help prepare for the upcoming move into the newly renovated archive. If you are interested in helping rehouse our DVDs and prepare articles for the move, please contact Sonia Dhaliwal, Archive Coordinator, at cohds.chorn.archives@gmail.com.

Jason Edward Lewis is a digital media artist, poet, and software designer.

Shira Avni is an animation filmmaker and associate professor of film animation and cinema at Concordia University. She has been creating animated shorts with the National Film Board of Canada since 1997.

COHDSCast seventh episode! Writer, painter and researcher, Stephane Martelly was born in Port-au-Prince. Stephane Martelly is currently an affiliate professor in research-creation at the Department of Theater at Concordia University.

COHDScast's sixth episode is with Emma Haraké, a visual artist and educator who also collaborates on curatorial projects and events. She holds a BFA from Lebanese University and is pursuing her graduate studies in Concordia University’s Art Education Department.

Luis C. Sotelo Castro is Canada Research Chair in Oral History Performance and Associate Professor in the Department of Theatre at Concordia University. Luis is a dual national Colombian/British artist-researcher. His practice is performance-based. He creates live environments of memory in collaboration with other artists and participants from specific communities and locations. He also explores how participatory oral history performance might facilitate listening.

Luis is currently working to establish a 'Performing Listening Lab' at COHDS, which aims at positioning listening as a subject of study in the context of oral history performance for social change. The lab will be launched in the Fall 2018 and will become a hub for research creation and for university-community collaborations bringing together theatre and performance studies, public and oral history, sound studies, listening research, and social innovation.

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