Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling

The Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling (COHDS/CHORN) is based at Concordia University. It explores the links between oral history, digital media, the arts and education. It collects, archives, analyzes and shares audiovisual oral history records, primarily through its members’ projects and initiatives – which have historically shaped the Centre’s identity and values, placing the principle of shared authority at its core. COHDS serves as a point of convergence, meeting and discussion for all those interested in oral history within the university and beyond.  Since 2018, COHDS includes the Acts of Listening Lab (ALLab), which prioritizes research and creation in relation to oral history, performance, and listening.


From April 28 to may 18, COHDS and the ALLab is hosting the exhibition “Mapping Memory – Atlases of Rwandan Life Stories“. This exhibition offers an immersion into the world of memory maps. Through the mapping of 21 life stories of Rwandan individuals who left their country of origin to come to Canada, this exhibition transports us from Kigali to Montreal via Bujumbura, Bukavu, Louvain and Ottawa. More than a geographical journey, these original maps invite us to take a moment to listen to these rich and inspiring stories of childhood, family, friendship, exile, genocide and resistance.

Opening hours


Join our monthly reading group, where we discuss key texts and their influence on our understanding of oral history practice/theory. Whether in person or over zoom – all are welcome! Find what we are reading here.

Third Wednesday of every month, 1 pm to 3 pm.

*Please note that the reading group will be taking a brief hiatus over the summer and is set to return in the fall. We look forward to seeing you then!