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Wednesday, March 22, from 2 to 5pm

With Luis Sotelo Castro, Canada Research Chair in Oral History Performance, Associate Professor, Department of Theatre

Oral histories are used in a range of performance practices to engage audiences with aspects of social reality by means of aesthetic strategies. Due to its concerns with matters of memory and the public sphere, oral history performance often acts as both activist and memorial art. Yet, precisely because it combines art and memory to raise questions of socio-political relevance, it opens itself up to questions about authenticity, voice, authorship, and ethics. To touch on these questions, this hybrid workshop-seminar offers an introduction to oral history performance techniques through the lens of issues around four conceptual areas: a) audience engagement; b) the blurred line between the real and the imagined (fictional, created); c) activism; and d) the notion of ‘performance of memory’.

Time has already come to start planning COHDS' programme of events for the 2017 Fall semester! We invite the centre's affiliates to submit event proposals.

Please take note of the following deadlines:

April 4th, 2017: Deadline to submit an extended workshop proposal (two-day workshop).

May 1st, 2017: Deadline to submit a regular event proposal, either for the InterActions series (training workshops) or the InterSections series (round-tables, lectures, special events).

If you have any questions, or wish to submit a proposal, please write to Marie-Anne Gagnon, Interim Associate Director at COHDS: ohconcordia@gmail.com.

The deadline for submitting nominations is March 10th, 2017. Graduate students enrolled at Concordia University and affiliated with COHDS who completed their work after April 1st, 2016 are eligible.

Here at the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling of Concordia University where I write and do research, we are surrounded by voices. Much of our work in recent years has focused on the histories of violence and displacement. It is through these recorded voices and these witnesses that we have gained access to stories from the four corners of the planet, so distant and yet so similar. Through our research and our reflections, we have sometimes learned to cross the disciplinary and political barriers that keep us at a distance from these voices. In contemplating the 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.

Wednesday, March 8, 12 to 2pm

With Lysiane G. Gervais and Gabriel Lacoste

Based on the researcher’s experience in interviewing individuals living with Alzheimer's or related illnesses, this workshop explores the peculiarities of conducting interviews with people who suffer from communicational or cognitive difficulties. It also reflects on the place of their voices in the discourse resulting from the research.

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.

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.

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!

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