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COHDS is proud to announce that Concordia University has named Dr. Kathleen Vaughan, Associate Professor in the Department of Art Education and core member of our research unit, and Dr. Cynthia Hammond, Chair of the Department of Art History and core affiliate, as Co-Directors of COHDS. Starting June 1st, 2017, they will be leading COHDS over the next three years. This is an important moment in the history of COHDS, celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. We are excited by what Kathleen and Cynthia have to offer COHDS!


COHDS is proud to announce that Dr. Cynthia Hammond, currently Chair of the Department of Art History at Concordia and a core affiliate of our research unit, has been named by Concordia University as an incoming Co-Director of COHDS. She will take up the position on June 1st, 2017, once she returns from sabbatical. Ronald Rudin will continue as Co-Director until then. We are all very excited by what Cynthia will bring to COHDS. Congratulations!

Today is the big day! Join us for the Emerging Scholars' Symposium at LB-1042 (from 8:30 am to 4:45 pm) and drop by to listen to some oral history projects at our listening booth in LB-1017.03 (the interview room). Free coffee and lunch!

Don't miss the second round table from our series "Modalités du récit de vie" on Tuesday, March 29, from 12:00 to 2:00PM.

Series organized by Stéphane Martelly, postdoctoral fellow for research-creation at COHDS.

On April 1st, come and listen to a selection of artistic pieces at the 3rd Emerging Scholars Symposium! Throughout the day, a listening booth will be set up in our interview room, showcasing the work of some of the presenters, and we will be screening a documentary film at lunch time. Find out all the details here!

Next Thursday, March 24, COHDS co-director Ronald Rudin and core affiliate Liz Miller will be part of a panel on storytelling, "Tell Me a Story: Storytelling across the Disciplines". Join them and learn what happens during the process of research.

Every researcher has at least one great story to tell about something that happened during the process of research and discovery. And storytelling and narrative structures are also integral to the way research is pursued and made meaningful to experts and the wider community. This BEYOND DISCIPLINES event brings together researchers from across the Faculty of Arts and Science to share their real life stories of research adventure, and to reflect upon how storytelling is integral to work they pursue.

We are thrilled to announce that Lana Dee Povitz, now completing her PhD at New York University, has been awarded a SSHRC Post-Doctoral Fellowship at COHDS. Lana’s new project, a historical excavation of the term activism, will use oral history to examine the “afterlives” of people who participated intensively in the women’s liberation and AIDS movements from the 1970s to the early 1990s. What did they understand themselves to be doing? How did involvement change their lives going forward?  The new project builds on her PhD thesis on food activism in New York City. Lana has published in the journals, Canadian Historical Review and Women and Social Movements, and has a chapter in the forthcoming anthology Women’s Activism and “Second Wave” Feminism: Transnational Histories (Bloomsbury, 2016).  She is engaged in an array of contemporary social struggles, including those for peace, prison abolition, and queer feminism. Welcome Lana!! We are very much looking forward to working with you over the next two years (starting in September).

Next Thursday, from 12:00 to 2:00PM, COHDS will host Sara Kindon, social geographer and Associate Professor at the School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences at Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand). During her short visit at Concordia as a Lillian Robinson Visiting Scholar in the Simone de Beauvoir Institute, she has agreed to come and share with us some reflections about her research project using «arpilleras». Arpilleras are brightly-colored patchwork pictures made from scraps of fabric, which were originally made by groups of women to 'speak' out against human rights abuses under the military dictatorship in Chile (1973-1990), and have since then been made by women around the world fighting social and environmental injustice.

Following an exhibition of Chilean arpilleras in New Zealand in 2013, Sara Kindon and her colleagues embarked on a project with a group of women, carrying out oral interviews and participating in sewing and discussion workshops to explore women's experiences of migration, displacement and belonging. This workshop will provide participants with an opportunity to learn more about this project, as well as explore potential benefits and challenges of working in this way for their own contexts.

The programme for the 3rd Emerging Scholars Symposium to be held on April 1, 2016, is now available. Throughout the day, a listening booth, set up at the venue of the symposium, will showcase projects of some emerging scholars. The organizing team encourages you to attend the event, a great reflexive space on the practice of oral, digital and public history.




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.



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