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There's an exciting semester ahead of us at COHDS this fall with our reopening and the upcoming launch of Dr Luis Sotelo Castro's Acts of Listening Laboratory. Given the renovations still under way, the Centre will remain closed for the month of September. We will reopen our doors on Wednesday, October 10, in time for the Oral History Association (OHA) Conference!

During the month of October, the Centre will be reserved for OHA activities, but it will still be possible to book audiovisual equipment or meet members of our team. Please do not hesitate to contact us at cohds.chorn@concordia.ca to schedule an appointment with us.

COHDS' fall programming will mostly include OHA events, but we will still offer our yearly introductory workshops and some special events. Keep checking our website, as the official programme of events will be released soon!

Khadija Baker is a Montreal-based, multi-disciplinary artist of Kurdish-Syrian descent. Her installations investigate social and political themes centered on the uncertainty of home as it relates to persecution, identity, displacement, and memory. Khadija is also a PhD Candidate at Concordia University.

 

 

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COHDScast's third episode has been released! This week, listen to a conversation with affiliate Désirée Rochat, a community worker, educator, and PhD candidate in the Department of Education at McGill University. She tells us about the importance of community archives and how oral history has always been a part of her journey.

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A public talk given by Professor Laurajane Smith, who will investigate the utility of theorizations in political philosophy around diversity and redistribution for understanding the political power and consequences of heritage.

Tuesday April 24 from 8:30am to 6:30pm
Centre d'histoire de Montréal

With Lisa Ndejuru, Stéphane Martelly, Steven High, and Cécile Marotte

Ce qui fait la valeur de l’histoire orale est précisément son caractère subjectif. Dans un tel cadre, le travail de l’universitaire devient de se défaire - toujours imparfaitement - de sa main mise sur l’autorité pour que des voix puissent se faire entendre, pour que des sujets s’emparent de l’histoire pour se mettre à la dire et la raconter.

Cet effort n’a jamais été aussi visible que dans le projet de longue haleine Histoires de vie des Montréalais déplacés par les génocides, les guerres et les violences contre les droits de la personne (2007-2012) mené au Centre d’Histoire Orale et de Récits numérisés de l’Université Concordia qui a conduit à l’enregistrement de plus de 400 entrevues.

L'histoire orale s'est beaucoup plus préoccupée du moment de l'entrevue, de la distance relative du chercheur, de la nature co-construite du récit, de la légitimité du témoin et beaucoup moins des effets de ces vécus et de ces récits sur les sujets. Au cours des journées d’étude en histoire orale et approches identitaires croisées, ce sont précisément ces limites que nous tenterons de creuser bien davantage tout en recherchant aussi un langage partagé.

The programme of events is now available!

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Saturday, April 7th, from 2 to 6pm
Milieux Institute, Concordia University

For the first time, Dr. Luis Sotelo Castro will present an original sound installation, Not Being Able to Speak Is Torture, based on the life stories of a family of Colombian refugees.

To participate, please register with:
Marie-Anne Gagnon
Research Coordinator for the Canada Research Chair in Oral History Performance
marie-anne.gagnon@concordia.ca

As some of you may already know, COHDS will be undergoing major renovations. We are moving to our temporary reduced space (Mini-COHDS) in the "Sun Room" (LB-1019) for the spring and summer 2018. We will be closed next week during the move, from Monday, March 26 to Easter Monday, April 2nd, inclusively.

COHDScast, our new podcast, has just released its very first episode! A conversation with COHDS affiliate and artist, Pohanna Pyne Feinberg, who discusses her PhD thesis project on walking as a method for artistic inquiry. Enjoy!

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The OHA invites submissions for a poster session and project bazaar that will be held at the Oral History Association Conference at Concordia University from October 10-13, 2018. Proposals addressing the meeting theme, “Oral History in Our Challenging Times” are especially welcome. The deadline for submissions is July 13, 2018, but submitters will be notified on a rolling basis.

Thursday, March 22, from 12 to 2pm

In collaboration with The Centre for Services in Restorative Justice

Join us at COHDS on March 22nd for a discussion on the intersections between oral history and restorative justice with Leila Qashu and Luis Sotelo Castro.

Leila Qashu has recently received her PhD in ethnomusicology from Memorial University of Newfoundland. She is an incoming Banting postdoctoral fellow who will be based at COHDS for the next two years. Her dissertation, entitled “Towards an Understanding of Justice, Belief and Women's Rights: Ateetee, an Arsi Oromo women's musical dispute resolution process in Ethiopia," examines how Arsi Oromo (Ethiopian) women use expressive arts not only to protect, promote, and assert their rights and to achieve justice in a rapidly changing society.

Luis C. Sotelo Castro 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. He is Canada Research Chair in Oral History Performance and Associate Professor in the Department of Theatre at Concordia University.

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