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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.

Wednesday, February 14, from 12 to 2pm

With Sarah Lake

High quality sound makes the biggest impact in any cinematic experience. This is especially true in the case of oral history projects, where the voice, rather than visuals, plays the leading role. Sarah will share film industry tips and tricks for optimal audio recording and how to get the best sound out of COHDS’s audio equipment.


Tuesday, February 13, from 4pm to 6pm

With Zeina Ismail-Allouche

This workshop will explore how to plan social mobilization/advocacy campaigns in support for social justice issues while incorporating oral history as a main methodology to document stories of marginalization and oppression. It will offer a combination of participatory exercises and case studies that will allow a critical examination of the role of oral history in social mobilization and the related ethical concerns. In groups, the participants will develop “SMART” strategic planning models tackling social justice issues of their choices.

Register to the workshop

Thursday, February 8, from 12pm to 2pm

With Jason Davis

Most of us are accustomed to engaging with climate change through the abstract lens of scientific reports or the contentious realm of politics. However, the changing climate is hitting ever closer to home as we experience record-breaking temperatures, destructive extreme weather, and the loss of predictable seasons. It can be difficult to talk about our own response to these changes, as we may fear that we lack scientific knowledge or that others may not listen without clear-cut “solutions” to the problem. Through my work with Climate Stories Project, I am working through this resistance by recording and sharing climate change oral histories from around the world, facilitating educational workshops on climate storytelling, and writing and performing music which features sections of some of the recorded oral histories. Join me to learn about Climate Stories Project and how you can record and share climate change oral histories.

Click here to register.

The Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling is outraged to learn that students at Concordia, past and present, have been subject to sexual harassment, coercion, and aggression during their studies. We believe that universities must be places of equal access to education and success, completely free of the sort of unwanted attention, sexual bullying, and threatening departmental culture that have been recounted by former students in recent weeks.

Ted Little, professor and chair of the Department of Theatre, who retired this summer after 19 years at Concordia, has made his mark on more than the university. Little was a core member of the Right to the City, a three-year pilot project that brought students from theatre, history, art history and communications into place-based learning environments in the nearby neighbourhood of Pointe-Saint-Charles.

Jan 30 and Feb 3, 6, 10

With Philip Lichti

This extended workshop proposes an in-depth tutorial teaching the Adobe CC software suite for advanced editing techniques and media management. The course will provide a general training to the Adobe CC toolset but will concentrate on workflows relevant to oral history projects of varying scales.

Click here for more information.

Tuesday, January 23, from 4pm to 6pm

The Swamp Ward and Inner Harbour History Project (SWIHHP) in Kingston, Ontario is designed to illuminate 20th century working class history in a city stubbornly associated with 19th century mercantile and political elites.

Laura J. Murray will discuss this project she initiated and through which she has collected oral histories, and created various outputs including an app walking tour and (with Phil Lichti) audio documentaries.

"As Clerics say; “women’s voices have the potential to trigger immoral sensual or kinetic arousal.” In 60s and 70s “Lalezar” a famous street in the heart of Tehran once was filled with cafes, theaters, discos and many vibrant  large and small cabarets with female and male performers and singers w



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