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COHDS is proud to announce that Dr. Cynthia Hammond, currently Chair of the Department of Art History at Concordia and a core affiliate of our research unit, has been named by Concordia University as an incoming Co-Director of COHDS. She will take up the position on June 1st, 2017, once she returns from sabbatical. Ronald Rudin will continue as Co-Director until then. We are all very excited by what Cynthia will bring to COHDS. Congratulations!

Today is the big day! Join us for the Emerging Scholars' Symposium at LB-1042 (from 8:30 am to 4:45 pm) and drop by to listen to some oral history projects at our listening booth in LB-1017.03 (the interview room). Free coffee and lunch!

Don't miss the second round table from our series "Modalités du récit de vie" on Tuesday, March 29, from 12:00 to 2:00PM.

Series organized by Stéphane Martelly, postdoctoral fellow for research-creation at COHDS.

Next Thursday, March 24, COHDS co-director Ronald Rudin and core affiliate Liz Miller will be part of a panel on storytelling, "Tell Me a Story: Storytelling across the Disciplines". Join them and learn what happens during the process of research.

Every researcher has at least one great story to tell about something that happened during the process of research and discovery. And storytelling and narrative structures are also integral to the way research is pursued and made meaningful to experts and the wider community. This BEYOND DISCIPLINES event brings together researchers from across the Faculty of Arts and Science to share their real life stories of research adventure, and to reflect upon how storytelling is integral to work they pursue.

We are thrilled to announce that Lana Dee Povitz, now completing her PhD at New York University, has been awarded a SSHRC Post-Doctoral Fellowship at COHDS. Lana’s new project, a historical excavation of the term activism, will use oral history to examine the “afterlives” of people who participated intensively in the women’s liberation and AIDS movements from the 1970s to the early 1990s. What did they understand themselves to be doing? How did involvement change their lives going forward?  The new project builds on her PhD thesis on food activism in New York City. Lana has published in the journals, Canadian Historical Review and Women and Social Movements, and has a chapter in the forthcoming anthology Women’s Activism and “Second Wave” Feminism: Transnational Histories (Bloomsbury, 2016).  She is engaged in an array of contemporary social struggles, including those for peace, prison abolition, and queer feminism. Welcome Lana!! We are very much looking forward to working with you over the next two years (starting in September).

Next Thursday, from 12:00 to 2:00PM, COHDS will host Sara Kindon, social geographer and Associate Professor at the School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences at Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand). During her short visit at Concordia as a Lillian Robinson Visiting Scholar in the Simone de Beauvoir Institute, she has agreed to come and share with us some reflections about her research project using «arpilleras». Arpilleras are brightly-colored patchwork pictures made from scraps of fabric, which were originally made by groups of women to 'speak' out against human rights abuses under the military dictatorship in Chile (1973-1990), and have since then been made by women around the world fighting social and environmental injustice.

Following an exhibition of Chilean arpilleras in New Zealand in 2013, Sara Kindon and her colleagues embarked on a project with a group of women, carrying out oral interviews and participating in sewing and discussion workshops to explore women's experiences of migration, displacement and belonging. This workshop will provide participants with an opportunity to learn more about this project, as well as explore potential benefits and challenges of working in this way for their own contexts.

The programme for the 3rd Emerging Scholars Symposium to be held on April 1, 2016, is now available. Throughout the day, a listening booth, set up at the venue of the symposium, will showcase projects of some emerging scholars. The organizing team encourages you to attend the event, a great reflexive space on the practice of oral, digital and public history.

Come assist to the first round table of a bilingual series organized by Stéphane Martelly, Postdoctoral Fellow for Research-Creation at COHDS, Concordia University. It will take place on Monday, February 29, from 12:00 to 2:00PM.

Putting in dialogue erased, subjugated or forgotten voices in history, the first panel of our series will be dedicated to the self narratives as a practice of resistance and survival.

Don't miss our next workshop! It will take place on February 19 from 12:00 to 2:00PM.

Since its inauguration, the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling has housed many interesting and important oral history archives. This short introduction to the principles and practices of archives and the archival practices at COHDS will help users to discover “hidden gems” and gain exposure to some basic tips for archiving oral history research.

This workshop will be a short introduction to the archival field as well as archiving in Canada. It will also include a breakdown of donation procedures and outline why it’s beneficial to donation your project materials to COHDS. Lastly, this workshop will highlight tips for project submission and ways to access the extensive COHDS archival collections.

Ronald Rudin, co-director of COHDS, will present “The Lost Stories Project” at an event on Wednesday, February 17. Entitled “Shared Histories: Using Technology to Connect and Commemorate”, this event will bring together several digital history projects.

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