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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 Arpilleras are brightly-colored patchwork pictures made from scraps of fabric, which were originally made by groups of women to 'speak' out against human rights abuses under the military dictatorship in Chile (1973-1990), and have since then been made by women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.




Mom and Me: documentary film screening and panel discussion

March 9 from 12:00 to 2:00PM

With Lena MacDonald, film director, and Dr. Lilia Topouzova, SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow at COHDS, Concordia

Mom and Me is a deeply personal film, which took 15 years to make. It follows the complicated relationship between director Lena Macdonald and her mother, who was once a filmmaker herself, but ended up homeless, crack-addicted and on the streets. For ten years Lena filmed in Toronto’s inner city and her story is complicated and honest. The film is about addiction, prostitution and despair but it is also a story about family, the power of hope and the tenacity of love.The screening will be followed by a discussion with the filmmaker Lena Macdonald and moderated by Dr. Lilia Topouzova.

Screening Trauma: Ethics, Aesthetics, and Representation

March 11 from 12:00 to 2:00PM

With Lena MacDonald and Dr. Lilia Topouzova

How do we visualize trauma? This interdisciplinary workshop addresses the visualization of violence and its traumatic effect in nonfiction film. We will interrogate the tensions inherent in the medium of film: the possibility to document violence and the cinematic tendency to stylize and aestheticize traumatic histories. Drawing on our own films, we will discuss strategies used by nonfiction authors to represent difficult knowledge and risky stories in the realms of political, structural and interpersonal violence. The workshop comprises discussion of and screening of selected film sections.

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.

The Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling announces the third competition for the Award for Excellence in Oral History! This $500 award recognizes research excellence in the interdisciplinary field of Oral History. The deadline for submitting nominations is March 4th, 2016.

Past winners include Aude Maltais-Landry and Scott Macleod.

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.

Alors que l'histoire orale occupe une place relativement marginale au sein de la discipline historienne, ses diverses formes de pratiques favorisent néanmoins les échanges avec diverses disciplines des sciences humaines et sociales, ce dont témoignent des travaux novateurs réalisés au cours des dernières années au Québec. En s'appuyant sur les discussions qui ont émergé lors d'une journée d'études à l'Université de Sherbrooke en avril 2015, et pour souligner le lancement du numéro spécial de la RhAf sur les sources orales, cette table ronde rassemble de jeunes chercheurs en histoire orale qui sont invités à partager leurs récits de pratique à l'aulne de la formation qu'ils et elles ont reçue. Comment forme-t-on la relève, d'une institution à une autre? Comment se pratique l'histoire orale au Québec, dans les murs de l'université et à l'extérieur du cadre académique?

La table ronde sera présidée par Ioana Radu, et commentée par Louise Bienvenue, directrice de la RhAf, et Denyse Baillargeon, professeure d’histoire à l’Université de Montréal. La discussion sera suivie d'une petite réception, et des copies du numéro spécial de la RhAf seront en vente.

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.



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