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The terms of our two co-directors, Steven High an Ronald Rudin, are coming to an end (in 2016 and 2017). Therefore, COHDS is now seeking two new Co-Directors for a 3-year term, starting in May 2016 and May 2017 respectively. Full-time Concordia faculty members, already affiliated with COHDS, are eligible to be nominated for either one of these positions.The deadline for applying is December 17, 2015.

COHDS-affiliated faculty in Art Education (Kathleen Vaughan),Theatre (Ted Little), Art History (Cynthia Hammond) and Oral History (Steven High) once again based their classes in the working-class neighbourhood of Pointe Saint-Charles. Students have engaged with the neighbourhood's past and present, and with each other. Come out Saturday December 5th to see what they produced!

Join us for this workshop on Monday October 5 (12-2) which will focus on the thinking behind a large national oral history project in Australia to document the lifelong impact of being in care as a child. This project was conducted in the aftermath of several extensive government inquiries, and before the current Royal Commission into Institutional Responses into Child Sexual Abuse. I will discuss how we addressed some of the challenges in conducting a national, government funded, historical documentation project in a politically and emotionally charged context. I will raise issues of methodology for large oral history projects, ethical questions for historians, and the difference between being an advocate and doing history. I will reflect on what justice means for those involved in the project.

Ioana Radu successfully defended her Humanities PhD thesis entitled ...“Miyupimaatisiiun in Eeyou Istchee: Healing and Decolonization in Chisasibi” at COHDS.

COHDS is proud to announce that Dr. Stéphane Martelly has been awarded a two year post-doctoral fellowship from the FRQSC for her research creation project “Penser et créer depuis le lieu de ce silence. Élaborations de l’oeuvre absente et possible à partir des « histoires de vie » de Montréalais déplacés par la violence (Haïti-Québec).” Dr. Martelly is an award-winning author, poet, painter, and researcher who was a key member of the Haitian Working Group of the Montreal Life Stories project (2006-12).

The Canadian Historical Association has awarded Steven High's Oral History at the Crossroads: Sharing Life Stories of Survival and Displacement (UBC Press, 2014) the Clio-Quebec Prize for best book published on the history of Quebec. The book tells the story of the Montreal Life Stories project. Congrats!

Anita Sinner, a core faculty member at COHDS in Art Education, has co-edited (with Dianne Conrad) a new book, “Creating Together: Participatory, Community-Based, and Collaborative Arts Practices and Scholarship across Canada.” Other contributors include COHDS affiliates and alumni: Nisha Sajnani,

New special issue of the literary journal AMODERN edited by COHDS affiliates Jason Camlot and Christine Mitchell on “The Poetry Series,” explores the idea of “oral literature” as part of the Spoken Web project. Among the other contributors are COHDS affiliates and alumni Ashley Clarkson, Steven H

The Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling is proud to announce that it is a key partner of UQAM’s CRC in Urban Heritage Studies in organizing the biannual conference of the Association of Critical Heritage Studies which will be held in Montreal in June 2016.  The interdisciplinary conference will bring together 600-800 delegates from around the world for four days (2 days at UQAM, 2 days at Concordia)...Read more

Dr. Lilia Topouzova, an award winning filmmaker and historian, has been awarded a 2-year SSHRC post-doctoral fellowship to examine the recorded life stories and personal archives of Bulgarian gulag survivors.

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