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Past research projects


Going Public: Oral History, New Media and the Performing Arts brings together individuals using interdisciplinary methodologies founded on the core values of collaboration, transparency and shared authority to explore the social, political, and aesthetic dimensions of contemporary international public art practice. 


The “Life Stories of Montrealers Displaced by War, Genocide, and other Human Rights Violations” Community-University Research Alliance ("Montreal Life Stories" CURA) was an oral history project which explored Montrealers’ experiences and memories of mass violence and displacement. From 2007 to 2012, a team of both university and community-based researchers recorded life story interviews with more than 500 Montreal residents.

Liz Miller

Mapping Memories: Participatory Media, Place-based Stories & Refugee Youth is a collaborative media project which uses personal stories and a range of media tools (video, sound walks, mapping, photography) to better understand the experiences of youth with refugee experience in Montreal.


In spring of 2015, the COHDS launched it’s most recent in a series of audioguides to Montréal neighborhoods.  This latest installment guides listeners on a walk through the contested places of the neighbourhood of Pointe St-Charles, highlighting how community activism has played a vital role in how the neighbourhood has transformed with deindustrialization. 

The COHDS was a partner in the coordination and production of a performance that took place between June 20th and 26th 2014 at the Montreal Centre for Sustainable Development.  Montreal was the third stop for this international production initiated by Christina Friedrich and Michael Brauchli.  The performance KEEP ME IN MIND retells the life stories of seven survivors of the Shoah.

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).




Local residents of the Lachine Canal as well as former workers of the industries along the Lachine Canal were invited to share their memories of the Canal, the neighborhood or their work in the industries. This initiative presents a series of excerpts from interviews conducted as part of a partnership between Parks Canada’s Lachine Canal National Historic Site and COHDS, whose participation was funded by the Canada Research Chair in Public History. The Canal audiowalk developed by COHDS is a further step in this ongoing collaboration with Parks Canada. 

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This oral history and new media research project, "From 'Balconville' to 'Condoville': The Politics of Urban Change in Post-Industrial Montreal," (2012-2014)  examines urban change in Montreal's Saint-Henri, Côte-Saint-Paul, and Point-Saint-Charles districts since 1945, as well as the transformation of the Lachine Canal itself. 

Principal Investigator - Dr. John Lutz, University of Victoria

With Peter Gossage and Steven High, Concordia University 

‘What Happened to the Franklin Expedition?’ is a collaborative initiative funded by a SSHRC Partnership Development grant that brings together top scholars in education reform, digital humanities and historical research to develop an online educational archive on the mystery surrounding the loss of the Franklin Expedition somewhere in the Arctic.  Sir John Franklin sailed from Britain for the Arctic in 1845 with two ships and 128 men, none of whom survived to tell their story.

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.



Concordia University