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Thursday, April 18 2019, from 10am to 12pm

With Zeina Allouche

The expected outcome of this workshop is to come out with an actual plan on an Oral History event to be led by COHDS affiliates. The workshop will guide the participants through conceptualization and planning of an event, to actual implementation and reporting back. This part is intended to map the tasks required, identify potential funding sources, brainstorm promotion channels, and point to Concordia University’s specific event planning policies, procedures, and tools.

Learning objectives:

At the end of this workshop, the participants will be able to:  

1. Conceptualize the goals and expected outcomes for an event

2. Map the tasks required to organize an event

3. Identify potential funding sources

4. Brainstorm methods of promotion to the campus community

Specifically to COHDS, the participants are expected to get out of this workshop with a specific oral history event plan and an implementation roadmap.

Thursday, April 18 2019, from 12 to 2pm

With Sarah Lake and Vitalyi Bulychev

The workshop will be hosted by Sarah Lake, COHDS Digital Media and Projects Coordinator and Vitalyi Bulychev, COHDS Digital Media and Lab Technician.

This workshop will cover the basics of sound recording for interviews and oral history projects, including an overview of the audio equipment available to COHDS affiliates, a demonstration of different microphone setups, and general tips for recording high-quality sound. Sarah Lake and Vitalyi Bulychev both hold Film Production BFAs from Concordia’s Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema.

** Event will be given in the ALLab (LB 1042.02) **

Tuesday, April 16 2019, 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 2019, 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 2019, 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 2019, 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 2019

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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Click here to register for 3:15pm.

Friday, March 22 2019, 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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