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Mom and Me: documentary film screening and panel discussion

March 9 from 12:00 to 2:00PM

With Lena MacDonald, film director, and Dr. Lilia Topouzova, SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow at COHDS, Concordia

Mom and Me is a deeply personal film, which took 15 years to make. It follows the complicated relationship between director Lena Macdonald and her mother, who was once a filmmaker herself, but ended up homeless, crack-addicted and on the streets. For ten years Lena filmed in Toronto’s inner city and her story is complicated and honest. The film is about addiction, prostitution and despair but it is also a story about family, the power of hope and the tenacity of love.The screening will be followed by a discussion with the filmmaker Lena Macdonald and moderated by Dr. Lilia Topouzova.

Screening Trauma: Ethics, Aesthetics, and Representation

March 11 from 12:00 to 2:00PM

With Lena MacDonald and Dr. Lilia Topouzova

How do we visualize trauma? This interdisciplinary workshop addresses the visualization of violence and its traumatic effect in nonfiction film. We will interrogate the tensions inherent in the medium of film: the possibility to document violence and the cinematic tendency to stylize and aestheticize traumatic histories. Drawing on our own films, we will discuss strategies used by nonfiction authors to represent difficult knowledge and risky stories in the realms of political, structural and interpersonal violence. The workshop comprises discussion of and screening of selected film sections.

Come assist to the first round table of a bilingual series organized by Stéphane Martelly, Postdoctoral Fellow for Research-Creation at COHDS, Concordia University. It will take place on Monday, February 29, from 12:00 to 2:00PM.

Putting in dialogue erased, subjugated or forgotten voices in history, the first panel of our series will be dedicated to the self narratives as a practice of resistance and survival.

Don't miss our next workshop! It will take place on February 19 from 12:00 to 2:00PM.

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 practices of archives and the archival practices at COHDS will help users to discover “hidden gems” and gain exposure to some basic tips for archiving oral history research.

This workshop will be a short introduction to the archival field as well as archiving in Canada. It will also include a breakdown of donation procedures and outline why it’s beneficial to donation your project materials to COHDS. Lastly, this workshop will highlight tips for project submission and ways to access the extensive COHDS archival collections.

Ronald Rudin, co-director of COHDS, will present “The Lost Stories Project” at an event on Wednesday, February 17. Entitled “Shared Histories: Using Technology to Connect and Commemorate”, this event will bring together several digital history projects.

The Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling announces the third competition for the Award for Excellence in Oral History! This $500 award recognizes research excellence in the interdisciplinary field of Oral History. The deadline for submitting nominations is March 4th, 2016.

Past winners include Aude Maltais-Landry and Scott Macleod.

This workshop will take place on Thursday, February 11, from 12:00 to 2:00PM.

Celebrating the launch of the Revue d'histoire de l'Amérique française's special issue on oral sources, this event will largely take part in French.

Alors que l'histoire orale occupe une place relativement marginale au sein de la discipline historienne, ses diverses formes de pratiques favorisent néanmoins les échanges avec diverses disciplines des sciences humaines et sociales, ce dont témoignent des travaux novateurs réalisés au cours des dernières années au Québec. En s'appuyant sur les discussions qui ont émergé lors d'une journée d'études à l'Université de Sherbrooke en avril 2015, et pour souligner le lancement du numéro spécial de la RhAf sur les sources orales, cette table ronde rassemble de jeunes chercheurs en histoire orale qui sont invités à partager leurs récits de pratique à l'aulne de la formation qu'ils et elles ont reçue. Comment forme-t-on la relève, d'une institution à une autre? Comment se pratique l'histoire orale au Québec, dans les murs de l'université et à l'extérieur du cadre académique?

La table ronde sera présidée par Ioana Radu, et commentée par Louise Bienvenue, directrice de la RhAf, et Denyse Baillargeon, professeure d’histoire à l’Université de Montréal. La discussion sera suivie d'une petite réception, et des copies du numéro spécial de la RhAf seront en vente.

This workshop will take place on Thursday, February 11, from 12:00 to 2:00PM.

Celebrating the launch of the Revue d'histoire de l'Amérique française's special issue on oral sources, this event will largely take part in French.

As oral history holds a relatively marginal place within the field of history, its diverse forms of practice nonetheless favor interactions with various fields of human sciences and social sciences, as shown by multiple groundbreaking works produced throughout the last years in Quebec. Relying on the discussions that emerged from a day of study at the Université de Sherbrooke in April 2015, and to underline the launch of a special issue of the RhAf on oral sources, this round table unites young oral history researchers who are invited to share their practice, taking into account the training they received. How do we shape successors, from one institution to the other? How do we practice oral history in Quebec, within the University walls and outside the academic setting?

The round table will be facilitated by Ioana Radu, and commented by Louise Bienvenue, director at the RhAf, and Denyse Baillargeon, history professor at the Université de Montréal. A small gathering will follow the discussion, and copies of the RhAf’s special issue will be available for purshase.

Every person born in this world has a coast, an edge, a boundary, a transitional zone between themselves and the world.  John A. Murray

Next week's workshop will take place on Monday, February 8, from 5:30 to 7:30PM with Elizabeth Miller.

The Shore Line is a collaborative online documentary, a collection of stories about individuals responding to the threats of massive development, destructive storms, and rising sea levels on coastal communities around the world. Producer and director Liz Miller will screen shorts from the project – featuring individuals from Panama, Bangladesh, and Canada and discuss how the coast is a metaphor for new ways to thinking – across countries and disciplines in search of creative solutions that defy traditional approaches or boundaries. The goal of the project is to create a dynamic educational platform to promote dialogue and push forward creative pedagogies around the environment. The presentation will be followed by small reception.

Elizabeth Miller is an independent documentary maker, trans-media artist, and professor in the Department of Communications Studies at Concordia.

Don't miss next week's workshop with Sara Kendall! It will take place on Friday, February 5th, from 12:00pm to 2:00pm.

How are children and teenagers in our communities seen, and how else can they be encountered, represented and heard? How might young people take the lead in re-imagining and re-negotiating the inequities that have become naturalized in our environments, and in what ways are they already resisting injustice in powerful ways? In this workshop, we will share and discuss pedagogical tools and activities for supporting young people in creating and sharing narratives that dismantle, counter, and push aside prevailing representations of youth. We will look at ways that we, as educators and researchers, can facilitate youth meaning-making, self-representation and resistance in our communities. And how we can listen to, and learn from, how young people understand themselves and their worlds. 

Sara Kendall is a Co-Director of Kite's Nest, a learning center for children and teenagers in Hudson, NY. She is also am M.A. student in Concordia's INDI program.

Our next workshop will take place on January 29 2016 at 12pm. Don't miss it!

Aaron Goodman is a doctoral student in the PhD in Communication Studies program at Concordia University and a faculty member in the Journalism and Communication Studies department at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Surrey, B.C.

In many photojournalism and documentary images of heroin users, photographers represent their subjects as exotic, as outcasts, and as dangerous to society. Aaron Goodman has been attempting to create images that represent heroin users in more balanced and human ways. In this workshop, Aaron will discuss a digital storytelling workshop that he facilitated and a photo documentary that he produced about long-term heroin users in Vancouver, B.C. taking part in North America’s first heroin-assisted treatment program.

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