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Our next workshop will take place this Friday, February 3, from 6 to 8pm with Sam and Katah.

We are witnessing the third largest migration of modern history. There was the massive shifting of humanity caused by the Second World War, the movement of Muslims from India to Pakistan. Now, it is this march of mankind, from far distant corners of the earth; children from Bangladesh, families from Senegal, along with men and women from Syria, Irak and Afghanistan, entering modern Europe.
 
The talk will focus on the current migrant and refugee situation (who they are, where they come from, where they are going); the risks they take (before getting to Greece crossing the Straits of Mytilini and once in the EU); who is involved and what their role is (smugglers, governments, fishermen, NGO’s, locals); the law of the sea; there is no end in sight; the call for a Safe Passage.

To underline Montreal’s 375th anniversary, the First Peoples Studies Program (School of Community and Public Affairs, Concordia University), in collaboration with the Center for Oral History and Digital Storytelling (Concordia University) and DIALOG (Aboriginal Peoples Knowledge and Research Network), is organizing a series of round tables to honor and acknowledge the role of Indigenous peoples in the city’s history and collective identity of the province.

COHDS is now open for the winter semester. Take a look at our new programme of events! It will kick off on January 17 and 18 with the two Introduction workshops, strongly recommended to all new affiliates. Register online to all the workshops and events. Happy New Year!

"Dwellings" is an immersive theatrical exploration of the loss, meaning and potential of home for Indigenous and other peoples, meant to aid mutual understanding and reconciliation. We are looking for undergrad and graduate students to help realize this multimedia performance project. The project will be taking place in a number of Research and Departmental spaces across Concordia, lead by guest artists Floyd Favel (Cree) and Emilie Monnet (Anishinaabe/French) and theatre faculty Ulla Neuerburg-Denzer.

Don't miss COHDS' first Film Festival tomorrow, Friday, December 2, 2016

COHDS Film Festival: Oral History on Film

This one-day film festival will showcase some of COHDS’ affiliates documentary films that feature the use of oral history. Our community of researchers, artists, students and practitioners uses documentary film to show and tell little known stories, bringing oral history to a larger public.

COHDS is proud to be formally part of a Canadian Institutes for Health Research project for the first time. It is a two-year partnership development project, jointly funded by the CIHR and SSHRC, that focus on two children's hospitals in Toronto. Led by Laurie Gottlieb, of McGill's School of Nursing, with Steven High as a co-researcher, this project will use oral history and story-sharing in order to build communities of caring, encourage reflexive practice, and effect social and political change. Digital stories will also be integrated into nursing training.

The 4th Annual Emerging Scholars Symposium in Oral, Digital and Public History will be held on Friday, March 31st, 2017 at COHDS.

The COHDS Annual Symposium on Oral, Digital and Public History offers an opportunity for emerging scholars to present work at any stage, to exchange ideas, and to connect with other researchers and creators.

We invite graduate students to submit proposals that feature projects in oral, digital, or public history, broadly defined. Students in related fields, including museum studies, education, documentary filmmaking, memory studies, new media art, sociology, anthropology, geography, and others are welcome to participate.

COHDS is seeking an interim associate director for a one-year replacement, starting January 1st, 2017 (maternity leave). We invite all candidates to submit their CV and a statement of interest by email to the attention of Ronald Rudin, Co-Director, before November 15.

In collaboration with the Concordia University Community Lecture Series on HIV/AIDS, COHDS presents a lecture and a workshop on AIDS activism next week with Gary Kinsman and Alexis Shotwell.

Lecture: "Forgotten Stories:
 Early AIDS activism in Montreal
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October 27 at 7pm

Location: Room J.A. de Sève

Workshop: "Oral history, memory, and the social organization of forgetting​ - The AIDS Activist History Project"

October 28 from 3-5pm

Location: Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling

October 22-23 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Listening with Heart:
Tools for self-awareness and skillful communication from the Compassionate Listening Project

After the first “Decolonizing Research”, which took place in October 2015, we are happy to present a new extended workshop, offered by our core member Sharon Gubbay Helfer. This two-day skill-building workshop will introduce the five core practices developed by the Compassionate Listening Project: listening with the heart, speaking from the heart, developing the "fair witness", respecting self and others and cultivating compassion. In addition, it will present techniques for skillful questioning, and stimulate awareness of the judgments and triggers that get in the way of hearing clearly. All material will be presented and practiced, using demonstrations and role-plays in large and small groups. Group size will be 10-15 participants.

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