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As some of you may already know, COHDS will be undergoing major renovations. We are moving to our temporary reduced space (Mini-COHDS) in the "Sun Room" (LB-1019) for the spring and summer 2018. We will be closed next week during the move, from Monday, March 26 to Easter Monday, April 2nd, inclusively.

COHDScast, our new podcast, has just released its very first episode! A conversation with COHDS affiliate and artist, Pohanna Pyne Feinberg, who discusses her PhD thesis project on walking as a method for artistic inquiry. Enjoy!



The OHA invites submissions for a poster session and project bazaar that will be held at the Oral History Association Conference at Concordia University from October 10-13, 2018. Proposals addressing the meeting theme, “Oral History in Our Challenging Times” are especially welcome. The deadline for submissions is July 13, 2018, but submitters will be notified on a rolling basis.

Thursday, March 22, from 12 to 2pm

In collaboration with The Centre for Services in Restorative Justice

Join us at COHDS on March 22nd for a discussion on the intersections between oral history and restorative justice with Leila Qashu and Luis Sotelo Castro.

Leila Qashu has recently received her PhD in ethnomusicology from Memorial University of Newfoundland. She is an incoming Banting postdoctoral fellow who will be based at COHDS for the next two years. Her dissertation, entitled “Towards an Understanding of Justice, Belief and Women's Rights: Ateetee, an Arsi Oromo women's musical dispute resolution process in Ethiopia," examines how Arsi Oromo (Ethiopian) women use expressive arts not only to protect, promote, and assert their rights and to achieve justice in a rapidly changing society.

Luis C. Sotelo Castro is a dual national Colombian/British artist-researcher. His practice is performance-based. He creates live environments of memory in collaboration with other artists and participants from specific communities and locations. He also explores how participatory oral history performance might facilitate listening. He is Canada Research Chair in Oral History Performance and Associate Professor in the Department of Theatre at Concordia University.


You like getting to know other COHDS members? You like to share research ideas? You need to eat lunch or just need a break? If yes, then come to the COHDS affiliate and members' get together, which has been rescheduled for Friday March 9th from 12-2pm in the COHDS seminar room. We welcome everyone interested in getting to know other members and their research to come and bring their lunch. Our affiliate Leila Qashu will provide some hummus, cookies, tea and coffee. She will provide an activity so that everyone can have time to share their research informally. But if you would like to share your research, research questions or ideas for collaborations a bit more formally, it is possible. We would only ask you to limit your presentation to a maximum of 3 slides (if any) and 3 minutes total and to send an email to Leila, leilaqashu@gmail.com, to confirm. We look forward to seeing you tomorrow!

COHDScast is a podcast that unveils the work of researchers and artists who engage with oral history in their practice.

The second episode is now available!

Tim Schwab, a documentary filmmaker and Associate Professor in Communication Studies at Concordia, tells us about his work, as well as his thoughts on interview and oral history methodology.

COHDScast is available on SoundCloud, Apple, Google Play, Stitcher, and Spotify!

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We live in troubled times. Millions are being displaced from their homes. Refugees and other minorities are facing intense Islamophobia and racism. Guns are killing our children. Economic inequality is growing. People are being left-behind.

We are happy to welcome Dr. Marie Lavorel, new Postdoctoral Fellow based at COHDS. She will contribute to the development of the Living Archives of the Rwandan Diaspora project. She will be based at COHDS for the next 16 months.

Hello dear COHDS affiliates and aficionados,

Please note that next week the Centre will be closed for the university’s Reading Week.
However, it will be possible to meet technicians and people in charge upon request.



We are excited to release the official programme of events for the 5th Emerging Scholars Symposium on Oral History, Digital Storytelling, and Creative Practice under the theme Memories in Motion! On Friday March 2nd, at the Centre for Teaching and Learning, a fantastic lineup of scholars and artists from a wide range of backgrounds will offer seminars that explore six subthemes; the politics of storytelling, oral history and photography, telling difficult stories, stories in motion, and reflections on self and place.

Our keynote speaker this year is Amanda Chalupa, a PhD Candidate in Social and Transcultural Psychiatry at McGill University. Her keynote entitled Bridging memories, stories, and responsibilities or How I became a "Polish African" will address the six themes related to Memories in Motion through her personal and professional experiences as an interdisciplinary and international “insider-outsider”. In particular, she will discuss her life’s work with the Sybiracy; Polish people who were deported from Soviet-occupied Poland to Siberia during WWII, were eventually sent to refugee camps around the world (including to countries in east Africa), and whose experiences are part of a politically repressed history.



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