The Artist in Residence (AIR) program will provide artist stipends of up to $8,000 per year through annual competition in 2009-2010, 2010-2011, and 2011-12. Funds may be allocated to one or more projects in each year at the discretion of our Adjudication Committee. The AIR program is an initiative of the Oral History and Performance (OHP) working group—one of seven research clusters comprising the Life Stories of Montrealers Displaced by War, Genocide, and Other Human Rights Violations.” For more information on the Life Stories project visit: www.lifestoriesmontreal.ca/
HIST 670A/870A/2 - Seminar A
Selected Topics in History (3 credits)
Seminar Subject: ORAL HISTORY AND PERFORMANCE I
INSTRUCTORS: S. High & T. Little (Theatre)
T 10:00 - 13:00
A message from Steven High
Michael Frisch has recently written that the "deep dark secret" of oral history is that we don't really know what to do with the orality of the source. In transcribing our interviews, we lose the orality almost immediately thus shoring the narratives of much of their meaning. A new media application now offers oral historians an alternative to transcription (available at http://storytelling.concordia.ca/storiesmatter/).
Since a few weeks now, students in their last year of high school at École internationale de Montréal are participating in a project that joins pedagogy, life story interviews and the conception of an exhibit.
Université de Montréal's Quartier Libre newspaper has published an article about Ally Ntumba and his play, CongoDrama.
Life Stories Montreal and the Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre (MHMC) are pleased to announce that close to 500 Holocaust survivor interviews have recently been digitized.
Since the 1990s, the MHMC has recorded, mostly via VHS support, the life stories of hundreds of Holocaust survivors, as many in English as in French, as in Hebrew and Yiddish. Thanks to collaboration with the Life Stories Montreal project, these interviews have been transferred to a digital format, ensuring their long term conservation as well as a greater accessibility and new possibilities for dissemination.
I know that I speak for everyone in the Life Stories project when I say
that our thoughts are with the Haitian people during this very difficult
time. Haiti has endured so much already. More than anyone should have to.
The City of Montreal has a deep connection to Haiti, as does our project.
The project’s Haitian Working Group is recording the stories of resistance
and loss from the years of the Duvalier dictatorship. In 2009, the project
organized a film festival and exhibit on that paid tribute to those who
paid for their resistance with their freedom or their lives. Each film was
JOB OFFER: GRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANT (PART TIME)
Working under the supervision of Associate Professor Tim Schwab of the Oral History and Performance working group.
Salary is $18 per hour to a maximum of $1500 (approximately 80 hours) January 2010 to April 2010.
Working hours and schedule are flexible.
Full Exposure 2009 is a participatory photography project for high school students from differing socio-economic backgrounds. It was developped by Gracia Jalea, a graduate student at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec as part of her Master's thesis project.
This project will seek to examine the ways in which the class cultural values of society's ruling elite are consistently privileged in the secondary school system which often encourages students from less-privileged socio-econimic backgrounds to supress their class identities and experiences.
If you miss the live broadcast of the documentary, it will be available a few days later
on both the Citizenshift website at
and the Life Stories website at