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Tuesday, March 5, 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, inclusive. We will reopen with our regular opening hours on Monday, March 4.

Enjoy the break everybody!

Friday, February 22, 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. 

Register here

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, 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.


Friday, February 8, from 1:30 to 4pm

With Andrea Ubal

Developed in a research-creation laboratory as part of a PhD in Art Studies and Practices at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQÀM), this performance explores the testimony of Gladys Ahumada, a Chilean Spanish professor and poet living in Montreal, who shares her experience with the process of diagnosis, treatment and remission of a lymphatic cancer. Working with her personal belongings, such as pictures, medical exams, letters and her own writings, her testimony was put together to create this short play.

Following the performance, we will discuss the context of creation, the goals, and the methodology of this work, which can be considered as biographical or documentary theatre.

We are pleased to share this winter's programme of events at COHDS!

This semester we are offering a wide variety of oral history events, in collaboration with the new Acts of Listening Lab (ALLab), Page Rwanda and the Protests and Pedagogy series.

Register now to our various workshops and events!

Thursday, January 31 from 10am to 12pm

With Stéphane Martelly and Steven High

Protests and Pedagogy, in partnership with COHDS, presents a conference and event series commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Sir George Williams University Computer Center Occupation in Montréal.

Oral History as Creative Pathway into the Black Experience is a two-hour bilingual workshop that will provide introductory training in oral history as a research and creative practice, grounded in examples drawn from projects focused on the Black experience.

*This workshop will take place in the 4TH SPACE, 1400 De Maisonneuve West (corner of Mackay).

Thursday, January 24, from 12pm to 1:30pm

With Dr. Cynthia Hammond

Women academics are on the rise, statistically, in Canadian universities. But women academics still make up less than 50% of the full-time professorial in this country. Women are less likely to get tenure than their male counterparts in the United States, and far less likely to occupy senior leadership positions in European universities. Women of colour are extremely poorly represented within academia as a whole. What can we do about this? Dr Cynthia Hammond (Professor, Department of Art History and Lead Co-Director, Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling) will lead a workshop on professional skills for graduate students (MA and PhD) and emerging scholars (recent graduates and postdoctoral fellows). While a workshop cannot change structural bias, it can potentially equip attendees with some tools and knowledge that may help them as they enter the job market. Key themes will include self-presentation, applying for jobs, interviewing, the "job talk", and after. If there is interest we can also discuss what to expect in the first year of a tenure-track or contractual appointment. We will devote time to questions that attendees wish to have answered, as well, such as what to do in the event that you feel there has been overt (or systemic and subtle) discrimination. This workshop will be geared towards women, but all are welcome to attend.


We are pleased to announce this winter's programme of events at COHDS!

Register online to our various workshops and events!



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