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Tuesday, April 16, from 5:30pm to 8:30pm

With Diane Roberts and Jessica Bleuer

Hosted by Mariana Marcassa and Susie Showers

Presented with support from Dr. Luis Sotelo Castro and the Acts of Listening Lab at Concordia University’s Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling (COHDS).

This event is the second in a series of three meetings where artists, scholars, students, and interdisciplinary professionals will share knowledge, techniques, and questions for performing traumatic narratives in theatre. Our aim is to gradually unfold a non-linear conversation through immersive workshops and dynamic discussions.

Discussion with Diane Roberts: Policing Safe(r) Space: Silencing the Critics in Performance (5:30pm)

Workshop with Jessica Bleuer: Preparing to​ Listen to​ Trauma: Supports and Limits (7:20pm)

Please note that the workshop Building a Project around Oral History has been rescheduled to Thursday, April 18, from 10am to 12pm, still at the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling. Our sincere apologies for any inconvenience.


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Monday, April 15, from 3 to 5pm

With Sonia Dhaliwal

Since its inauguration, the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling has housed many interesting and important oral history archives. This short introduction to the principles and policies that govern the COHDS Archive will help users discover “hidden gems” and gain exposure to some basic tips for archiving oral history research.

Sonia Dhaliwal is the Archives Coordinator at COHDS. She has a masters degree in Information Studies from McGill and an undergraduate degree in History from the University of Waterloo. She is currently a masters student in History with research interests in children's identity formation, with a particular focus on the children of immigrant parents. In the future, she hopes to use her knowledge in history and archival skills to help document and preserve records of minorities in Canada in community archives.

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29 mars de 18h à 20h - Lancement du nouveau site web de Page Rwanda et plateforme Archives vivantes

30 mars de 10h à 17h30 - Conférence: 25 ans après

31 mars de 13h à 16h - Journée jeunesse: Transmission de la mémoire

6 avril à 18h30 - Soirée film & témoignage

Thursday, March 28, from 5 to 7:30pm

With Christine Walley (MIT)

Exit Zero is a feature-length documentary film that tells a personal story of the lasting social and environmental impacts of “deindustrialization” and the key role it has played in expanding class inequalities in the United States.

Interweaving home movies, found footage, and a first person narrative, the film traces the stories of multiple generations of producer Christine Walley’s family in the once-thriving steel mill community of Southeast Chicago. From the turn-of-the-century experience of immigrants who worked in Chicago’s mammoth industries to the labor struggles of the 1930s to the seemingly unfathomable closure of the steel mills in the 1980s and 90s, these family stories convey a history that serves as a microcosm of the broader national experience of deindustrialization and its economic and environmental aftermath. The husband and wife filmmaking team (Chris Boebel, director/editor/co-writer and Christine Walley, producer/co-writer), use family stories to offer an unusually intimate look at the changing class landscape of the United States and the uncertain future faced by working people.



Friday, March 15

With Luis Carlos Sotelo Castro and Barry Prophet

Not Being Able to Speak is Torture is a sound installation and research-creation project undertaken in collaboration with a family of Colombian refugees and sound artist Barry Prophet. Visitors will listen to the walls tell the story.

Please note that the duration of the installation is one hour, starting either at 2:30pm or 3:15pm.

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Friday, March 22, from 8:30am to 6pm

With the chosen title of Critical Creations for this year’s Symposium, we want to position emerging scholarship in oral history under the umbrella of research-creation. Undoubtedly, whether in the moment of meeting witnesses or in the making of productions, oral history has often been associated with creative practices like photography, theatre, visual arts, literature, dance, and much more. In recent years, these practices have given way to more elaborate reflections concerning the relationship between oral history and research-creation and produced new practices that are still in the process of being articulated and shaped.

As a transdisciplinary field at the intersections of ethnography, psychology, and history, oral history lends itself to a critical rereading of traditional approaches and disciplines at the theoretical and methodological levels. In some ways, it is a form of DIY, an inventiveness in research that rethinks ethical issues and favours new avenues, or new forms of critical reflection. It is these considerations that we now propose to explore with young researchers, who are often at the forefront of these questions and experiments.

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Congratulations to Stéphane Martelly who will be at the Salon du livre de Paris from March 15 to 17!

Chercheure, écrivaine et peintre, Stéphane Martelly est née à Porta-u-Prince. Par une approche profondément transdisciplinaire qui fait se confronter théorie, réflexion critique et création, elle poursuit une réflexion sur la littérature haïtienne contemporaine, sur les marginalités littéraires, sur les limites de l’interprétation et sur les possibilités épistémiques de la création. Son plus récent titre est : Les jeux du dissemblable. Folie, marge et féminin en littérature haïtienne contemporaine, publié chez Nota Bene.

Friday, March 8, from 11am to 1pm

With Cynthia Hammond

In recent years, there has been no lessening of violence and aggression against women, self-identified women, queer, and trans folk, especially people of colour. The media regularly reports misogynist and racist hate crimes against women. In an era when world leaders are openly hateful towards women, the queer community, and people of colour, justice seems distant.

There is, however, a massive, global, feminist movement underway. #metoo, #niunamenos, and the Women's March are some powerful examples of organized feminist work that aims to not only raise awareness, but also to reshape the world along radically egalitarian and inclusive lines.

What can oral history research and oral history research-creation contribute to this reshaping of the world? From September 2019 through to March 2020, the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling will foreground the stories, visions, and actions of women, queer, and trans folk in our programming.

Join Dr. Cynthia Hammond, lead Co-Director of COHDS, on International Women's Day, 8 March 2019, for a brown bag / potluck lunch and discussion.

Let's envision our year of listening on behalf of the feminist future!

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