Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling

Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling

"We are giving oral historians the potential to truly engage themselves with the power of the spoken word."
Steven High

New media and the arts are transforming how we research, preserve, and disseminate history. Made up of two complementary labs, the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling (COHDS) at Concordia University serves as a point of convergence for collaborative digital historical research, teaching and publishing among faculty and students at Concordia, as well as community-based projects operating at the local, national and international levels. The Oral History Lab aims to explore the connections between oral history, new media, and the arts, and open up access to and analysis of audiovisual oral history record. The Digital History Lab produces digital archives, tools, and scholarship that aim to share the task of historical research and interpretation with online audiences worldwide—scholars, students, and the general public. Communitybased researchers and artists are an integral part of our community of practice. Sharing authority is at the core of our research ethic. Our long term goal is to establish COHDS as one of the world’s foremost centres of oral history research, digital innovation and artistic creativity.