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This workshop will take place on Thursday, February 11, from 12:00 to 2:00PM.

Celebrating the launch of the Revue d'histoire de l'Amérique française's special issue on oral sources, this event will largely take part in French.

As oral history holds a relatively marginal place within the field of history, its diverse forms of practice nonetheless favor interactions with various fields of human sciences and social sciences, as shown by multiple groundbreaking works produced throughout the last years in Quebec. Relying on the discussions that emerged from a day of study at the Université de Sherbrooke in April 2015, and to underline the launch of a special issue of the RhAf on oral sources, this round table unites young oral history researchers who are invited to share their practice, taking into account the training they received. How do we shape successors, from one institution to the other? How do we practice oral history in Quebec, within the University walls and outside the academic setting?

The round table will be facilitated by Ioana Radu, and commented by Louise Bienvenue, director at the RhAf, and Denyse Baillargeon, history professor at the Université de Montréal. A small gathering will follow the discussion, and copies of the RhAf’s special issue will be available for purshase.

Every person born in this world has a coast, an edge, a boundary, a transitional zone between themselves and the world.  John A. Murray

Next week's workshop will take place on Monday, February 8, from 5:30 to 7:30PM with Elizabeth Miller.

The Shore Line is a collaborative online documentary, a collection of stories about individuals responding to the threats of massive development, destructive storms, and rising sea levels on coastal communities around the world. Producer and director Liz Miller will screen shorts from the project – featuring individuals from Panama, Bangladesh, and Canada and discuss how the coast is a metaphor for new ways to thinking – across countries and disciplines in search of creative solutions that defy traditional approaches or boundaries. The goal of the project is to create a dynamic educational platform to promote dialogue and push forward creative pedagogies around the environment. The presentation will be followed by small reception.

Elizabeth Miller is an independent documentary maker, trans-media artist, and professor in the Department of Communications Studies at Concordia.

Don't miss next week's workshop with Sara Kendall! It will take place on Friday, February 5th, from 12:00pm to 2:00pm.

How are children and teenagers in our communities seen, and how else can they be encountered, represented and heard? How might young people take the lead in re-imagining and re-negotiating the inequities that have become naturalized in our environments, and in what ways are they already resisting injustice in powerful ways? In this workshop, we will share and discuss pedagogical tools and activities for supporting young people in creating and sharing narratives that dismantle, counter, and push aside prevailing representations of youth. We will look at ways that we, as educators and researchers, can facilitate youth meaning-making, self-representation and resistance in our communities. And how we can listen to, and learn from, how young people understand themselves and their worlds. 

Sara Kendall is a Co-Director of Kite's Nest, a learning center for children and teenagers in Hudson, NY. She is also am M.A. student in Concordia's INDI program.

Our next workshop will take place on January 29 2016 at 12pm. Don't miss it!

Aaron Goodman is a doctoral student in the PhD in Communication Studies program at Concordia University and a faculty member in the Journalism and Communication Studies department at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Surrey, B.C.

In many photojournalism and documentary images of heroin users, photographers represent their subjects as exotic, as outcasts, and as dangerous to society. Aaron Goodman has been attempting to create images that represent heroin users in more balanced and human ways. In this workshop, Aaron will discuss a digital storytelling workshop that he facilitated and a photo documentary that he produced about long-term heroin users in Vancouver, B.C. taking part in North America’s first heroin-assisted treatment program.

We would like to welcome Dr. Amanda Ricci, who is joining COHDS as a new post-doctoral fellow for the next six months thanks to the FRQSC-funded Montreal History Group. Dr. Ricci recently defended her PhD at McGill on “Thereʼs No Place Like Home: Feminist Communities, Social Citizenship, and (Un)Belonging in Montrealʼs Long Womenʼs Movement, 1952-1992.” The thesis examined previously unexamined feminist histories, revealing how members of various Montreal-based women’s organizations envisioned, defined, and fought for emancipation and autonomy. Building on this work, Dr. Ricci’s time at COHDS will be spent delving further into oral history method, theory and ethics as well as collaborative approaches to research. She has published in Left History, and has a forthcoming article in Recherches amérindiennes du Québec as well as in the edited collection, Womenʼs Activism and “Second Wave” Feminism: Transnational Histories. She joins Drs. Karoline Truchon, Stéphane Martelly, and Lilia Topouzova as COHDS-based SSHRC or FRQSC post-doctoral fellows.

Our next workshop will take place on January 22nd 2016 at 12pm.

Jeff Webb, Associate Professor of History at Memorial University, will come all the way from Newfoundland to visit COHDS!

Don't miss it!

Come meet Natasha Davis, an interdisciplinary theatre artist working at the intersection of performance art, theatre and visual arts with a special focus on exile, trauma and memory. Coming from London, she will be at COHDS next Tuesday, January 19 at 12:30pm, to talk about the Performing Migratory Identity.

The event is co-sponsored by the Department of Theatre of Concordia University.

You would like to get involved at COHDS during the winter semester as an intern or a volunteer? We'd like to hear from you!

As the holidays are quickly approaching, we're happy to announce our winter programme! In total, close to twenty events, including workshops, round tables and film screenings will take place between January and April at COHDS. Facilitated by affiliates, visiting researchers and invited guests, these events will cover a wide range of topics and approaches to the discipline of oral history. All events are free and open to all. We encourage you to register on line and spread the word!

After a year of absence, the Symposium for Emerging Scholars is back! Organized by and for students, this bilingual one-day event offers an opportunity for graduate students to present work at any stage, to exchange ideas, and to connect with other researchers and creators. We invite proposals that feature research 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, and others, are encouraged to submit proposals.The deadline to submit a proposal is January 10th, 2016, and the Symposium will take place on April 1st, 2016.

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