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Ongoing research projects


 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.

An initiative of the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling at Concordia University, COHDScast is a podcast that unveils the work of researchers and artists who engage with oral history in their practice.


On the Move is an oral history project exploring people’s experience of traveling for work, based at the Centre for Oral History & Digital Storytelling at Concordia University.

Directed by Steven High, Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling; and Dr. Barbara Neis (Memorial University).



Nous souhaitons comprendre comment était vécue l’expérience Boscoville par ses pensionnaires et ses éducateurs et ce qu’ils en retiennent au-delà des récits officiels. Pour cette raison, nous souhaitons entendre la voix des anciens de Boscoville afin de saisir toute la complexité de la vie au sein du centre. Également, nous tenterons d'évaluer les effets à long terme des innovations thérapeutiques mises de l’avant par Boscoville en les confrontant avec les promesses du discours institutionnel.

Youth Constructions of Identity and Territoriality in Working-class and Immigrant Neighbourhoods is a research project that studies how youth culture is produced in working-class and immigrant neighbourhoods. This project seeks to contribute to a better understanding of popular culture as a form of identity rooted in the past and a projected future within a specific territory. 



People from sexual or gender minorities (LGBTQI), people living with HIV, and people with an experience in sex work face similar issues of social exclusion and discrimination. Some individuals who belong to these groups take the step of telling their personal stories, giving testimonials to the media or using them in the context of educational or artistic activities in order to raise awareness, strengthen advocacy, challenge stereotypes, or express a creative idea. These stories can take many forms (radio or TV interviews, newspaper articles, public presentations, videos uploaded to YouTube, film, theatrical performances, visual art, blogs, etc.).


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