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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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Congratulations to Stéphane Martelly who will be at the Salon du livre de Paris from March 15 to 17 2019!

Chercheure, écrivaine et peintre, Stéphane Martelly est née à Porta-u-Prince. Par une approche profondément transdisciplinaire qui fait se confronter théorie, réflexion critique et création, elle poursuit une réflexion sur la littérature haïtienne contemporaine, sur les marginalités littéraires, sur les limites de l’interprétation et sur les possibilités épistémiques de la création. Son plus récent titre est : Les jeux du dissemblable. Folie, marge et féminin en littérature haïtienne contemporaine, publié chez Nota Bene.

Friday, March 8, from 11am to 1pm

With Cynthia Hammond

In recent years, there has been no lessening of violence and aggression against women, self-identified women, queer, and trans folk, especially people of colour. The media regularly reports misogynist and racist hate crimes against women. In an era when world leaders are openly hateful towards women, the queer community, and people of colour, justice seems distant.

There is, however, a massive, global, feminist movement underway. #metoo, #niunamenos, and the Women's March are some powerful examples of organized feminist work that aims to not only raise awareness, but also to reshape the world along radically egalitarian and inclusive lines.

What can oral history research and oral history research-creation contribute to this reshaping of the world? From September 2019 through to March 2020, the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling will foreground the stories, visions, and actions of women, queer, and trans folk in our programming.

Join Dr. Cynthia Hammond, lead Co-Director of COHDS, on International Women's Day, 8 March 2019, for a brown bag / potluck lunch and discussion.

Let's envision our year of listening on behalf of the feminist future!

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Tuesday, March 5 2019, from 4:00 to 5:15pm

At Vanier College Auditorium A103 845 Ave. Sainte-Croix, Station Côte-Vertu

With Cynthia Hammond

"Working-class women’s activism, the right to the city, and intergenerational storytelling" as part of Vanier College's events for International Women's week.

Special events are held in the college at various times to commemorate specific women’s issues. In March, the college has an entire week of activities dedicated to celebrating International Women’s Day (March 8).

"Working-class women’s activism, the right to the city, and intergenerational storytelling"

In this talk, Dr Cynthia Hammond will speak about the Right to the City pedagogical initiative (2014-17), which focused on Pointe-St-Charles, one of Montreal's most important post-industrial neighbourhoods. Using oral history, the expertise of local residents, and the physical environment of the neighbourhood itself, students learned first-hand about the local history of activism and resilience, much of it led by working-class women. These women organized around issues of education, housing, and access to food, and in the process developed a feminist consciousness that was specific to this neighbourhood. The lecture will explore how, in particular, working-class women played a central (but often forgotten) role in preserving the built environment of the Pointe - today one of its most important forms of heritage.


Please note that the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling will be closed for Reading Week from February 22 to March 3 2019, inclusive. We will reopen with our regular opening hours on Monday, March 4.

Enjoy the break everybody!

Friday, February 22 2019, from 4pm to 6pm

With Élise Bourgeois-Guérin

This workshop will introduce three of SHERPA's participatory research projects, giving a brief overview of SHERPA's work. The issues that these projects raise in terms of listening will be discussed.

Le Centre de recherche SHERPA

Anciennement Centre de recherche et de formation du CSSS de la Montagne, le Centre de recherche SHERPA a été renommé en 2013. Un nom avec une sonorité à la fois d’ici et d’ailleurs, qui évoque pour nous différentes dimensions de la migration et de notre travail : le passage, le fardeau, la force et la solidarité. Comme pour les communautés immigrantes et réfugiées, le trajet est important pour le sherpa. Un trajet semé d’embûches, mais source de vie, au sujet duquel il faut partager et transmettre des connaissances. Le sherpa est un porteur, et si nul ne peut nier que sa charge est un lourd fardeau, elle témoigne aussi de sa force. De même, les immigrants et réfugiés sont souvent dépeints comme accablés par l’adversité, mais leur trajectoire, au travers des obstacles, parle de résilience. Le sherpa est d’abord et avant tout un compagnon de route, celui qui partage le chemin et rend possible le passage. Signe de soumission pour certains, il peut aussi être un symbole de solidarité dans la mesure où il peut représenter les solidarités entre des personnes et des communautés qui vivent des formes d’exclusion dans notre société. Enfin, nous souhaitons que ce nom représente aussi notre désir, en tant que chercheurs et que cliniciens, d’accompagner collectivement ces communautés dans la construction d’un projet de vivre ensemble au Québec.

Élise Bourgeois-Guérin is an assistant professor in mental health at the Télé-Université du Québec à Montréal. In both her research and clinical practice, she has worked with refugees, exploring the issue of trauma related to political violence. Her doctoral thesis focused on the experiences of genocide survivors while her recent work as a postdoctoral fellow (SHERPA/McGill University) revolves around the prevention of social polarization through art-based projects. 

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The Protests and Pedagogy events gave us much to think about.

Our student affiliate, Annick (MF) Maugile Flavien read a powerful call to action on the last day of these events, after Dr. Afua Cooper's presentation, on building a reparative framework in a challenging context.

We want to amplify Annick (MF)'s voice and share this call with our affiliates and the larger community. Read it here.

COHDS Coordinator and writer Stéphane Martelly also wrote a poem titled Neuvaine that will be published shortly.

Thursday, February 14 2019, from 4 to 6pm

With Lindsey Jackson

As an intimate and often private setting, the interview has the potential to present risk to both parties involved. Researchers are trained to anticipate and mitigate the risks of their research on interviewees, but rarely consider the risk the interview space may present to themselves. In this workshop, we will discuss the risks the interview space can present to researchers, how to mitigate these risks, and establish best practices for researchers. This workshop will focus on sexual harassment and is the first step in establishing best practices and developing resources for researchers.




Concordia University