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Ethics in Research: How to Apply for Ethics Certification

Date & time
Friday, April 12, 2024
1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Registration is closed


Zachary Corbeil, Eliot Perrin, Eleni Polychronakos, Karl Ponthieux Stern


This event is free


J.W. McConnell Building
1400 De Maisonneuve Blvd. W.
Room LB 1019

Wheel chair accessible


To obtain the informed consent of our research participants is both an ethical and institutional obligation for oral historians working at Canadian universities. This workshop seeks to demystify the process of applying for ethics certification. Four emerging scholars will reflect on their experiences in navigating this process and discuss how they have translated the ethos of “sharing authority” into the formal language of their ethics applications. The focus of this workshop is on providing hands-on guidance on how to prepare an ethics application for your own thesis research at Concordia. Registered participants will be provided with examples of successful ethics applications, including consent forms.

About the speakers:

Zachary Corbeil (he/him) is a MA graduate student, aspiring Public and Oral historian, working on Indigenous History at Concordia University. Based in Tiohtià:ke (Montreal), he is currently working on a research project seeking to enlighten the privatization of game and forests resources, as well as land management and hunting practices in the 19th and 20th century; following the tread of cultural impacts of such processes on Indigenous communities. Collaboration, shared ownership and decolonial methodologies are at the core of his approach to research, insisting on the importance of ethics, activism, and relationships.

Eliot Perrin is a History PhD candidate at Concordia University. His research focuses on the impact of urban planning and deindustrialization on a historically Francophone neighbourhood in Sudbury, Ontario. He is also the archives coordinator at the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling.

Eleni Polychronakos is a PhD candidate at Concordia’s Department of Interdisciplinary Humanities. She is also a teacher and a writer. She holds a Master’s in literature and one in journalism. Her short fiction and journalism appear in Canadian and international publications. From 2011 to 2015, she was an editor with Room Magazine. Her dissertation uses oral history and literary criticism as both theory and methodology to collect, create, and analyze stories by and about women who came of age during Greece’s turbulent twentieth century. At the core of this interdisciplinary research-creation project is “Girl’s Name,” a novella told in linked stories that investigate historical events and political unrest from the viewpoint of individual dreams and desires.

Karl Ponthieux Stern is a writer, trans gay activist, and a master´s student at Concordia University. They hold a licence in History from the University of Paris Nanterre. They started their research activities way before attending university, by documenting medical violence against women, trans men, and non-binary people in France. With a methodology rooted in Oral History, Karl has centered their thesis on the ExisTransInter, a yearly demonstration led by trans activists since 1997. Their research explores how trans people have been overlooked as political actors and uncovers the variety of strategies developed by activists for trans rights.


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In-person in LB-1019 (Sunroom), COHDS

COHDS/ALLAB is located on unceded Kanien’kehá:ka territory, in Tiohtiá:ke/Montreal.

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