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COHDS will be closed for the summer as of Friday, June 23. We will reopen our doors on Tuesday, September 5, for the fall semester. We remain open for June, with reduced hours (see below). In the meantime, please continue to take a look at our Facebook page to keep up with what's going on this summer.

June Lab Hours:
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 11-3pm
Wednesday: 11-3pm
Thursday: Closed
Friday: 11-3pm

*For those of you who need to access the lab or talk to an employee and are not available during these opening hours, please email cohds.chorn@concordia.ca to make an appointment.

Monday, June 19, at 7pm

On the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, discover the story of the young lawyers and women survivors of the Genocide of Tutsis in Rwanda who succeeded in establishing rape as a war crime for the first time. Join us for the Montreal premiere of The Uncondemned and a discussion.

Following the screening (the film is in English only) there will be a bilingual discussion about the power of witness testimony and its important role in realizing justice. Speakers will include a legal expert and a survivor of the Genocide of Tutsis in Rwanda.

This event is organized by the Montreal Holocaust Museum, PAGE Rwanda, The Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling, and Women in International Security Canada.

COHDS lab opening hours for the spring and summer 2017 will be from Tuesday to Friday from 11am to 3pm. Please note that this new schedule will be effective as of April 25, 2017.

Annual Report of COHDS Affiliates – March 2016 to March 2017

Download the Annual Report of COHDS Affiliates form here.

Please take note that COHDS will be closed on April 14 for Good Friday. Have a good weekend everybody!

The jury (Debbie Folaran, Leila Qashu and Ronald Rudin) for the COHDS Award for Excellence in Oral History has selected LachlanMacKinnon as its 2017 recipient for his doctoral dissertation (completed in the History Department in 2016) "Deindustrialization on the Periphery: An Oral History of Sydney Steel, 1945-2001."

In his dissertation, Dr MacKinnon goes out of his way to connect the process of deindustrialization in Cape Breton to the lives of the people who experienced it. While his dissertation is built upon a significant amount of archival research, it is truly distinguished by its reliance on the testimony, mostly of workers at Sydney Steel, putting to good use both interviews conducted by others in the 1990s and ones that he conducted himself as part of his dissertation research. The result is a model of oral history practice, combining a variety of sources to make a story come to life.

Congratulations Dr MacKinnon!

Our annual Emerging Scholars Symposium on Oral, Digital and Public History will take place next Friday, March 31, from 9am to 5pm. This one-day event represents a rare opportunity for affiliates, students, and members of the community to meet, engage in meaningful conversations, get inspired by one another, and share projects and ideas. This year, the programme of events includes projects on oral history in the exhibition space, radio shows, migration, Quebec sign language art, and more!

Due to the winter storm, the University will be closed on Wednesday, March 15th. All activities and classes on campus are cancelled. Access to campus remains open. Staff and faculty are not expected to report to work today. However, if you need access to your lab or office, it will be open. The libraries on both campuses are closed.

COHDS is cancelling its lab hours for the day.

 

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.

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