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The Right to the City Initiative (Concordia Curriculum Innovation Grant)

 

 An extension of the From Balconville to Condoville project, the COHDS played an important role in the Right to the City initative funded by a pedagogical grant from Concordia University. Three affiliated faculty members tethered their courses in Art History (Cynthia Hammond), Oral History (Steven High) and Theatre (Ted Little) so that their students were in overlapping time slots and in a common off-campus location (Share the Warmth) in Pointe-Saint-Charles. The focus of the courses was to examine urban change in the neighborhood. Students and faculty worked closely with a number of community partners including Share the Warmth, the Atwater Library, the YMCA, and St-Columba House. The projec culminated in a beta audio walk, a visual arts exhibition, and site-specific performances.

COHDS lab and staff played in important role in the History section of the course, led by Steven High and entitled “Working Class Public History”.  Using an existing archive of oral history interviews and photocopied documents, students enrolled in the class collaboratively produced a deeply researched downloadable audio walk and an accompanying booklet.  COHDS associate director Philip Lichti was responsible for coordinating and leading the efforts of the audiowalk team while post-doctoral fellow Karoline Truchon lead a team responsible for an ethnographic documentation of the creation process of the book and audioguide.  In the production phase of the class, the students met and worked from the COHDS lab, which provided equipment, space and additional training.


 

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