ARTH 805 (Concordia) - Bloc B séminaire: Oral History as Interdisciplinary Method for the ARts
Horaire : variable (voir calendrier ci-bas)
Wednesday, Sept 5th, 1-4pm. Location: TBD, (3 hours)
Saturday, Sept. 15th, 10am-4pm. Location: TBD (6 hours)
Wednesday, Sept. 26th, 1-4pm. Location: TBD (3 hours)
Wednesday, October 10th - Saturday, October 13th - Oral History Association Conference. Attendance must include the ‘special’ events (6 hours) and 4 additional sessions (8 hours). Location: Various locations within Concordia and the surrounding neighbourhood - most sessions will take place in the Concordia Conference Centre (precise details tba). (14 hours) Please note that registration is required.
Saturday, November 24th, 10am-4pm. Location: TBD (6 hours)
Sunday, November 25th, 10am-4pm. Location: TBD (6 hours)
Wednesday, December 5th, 1-4pm. Location: COHDS (3 hours)
Concordia University - Center for Oral History & Digital Storytelling (COHDS), Library Building, LB 1019 (1400 De Maisonneuve West Blvd.)
Other locations TBA by instructor
Instructor: DR. CYNTHIA HAMMOND
As the Oxford University Handbook of Oral History observes, "in the past sixty years, oral history has moved from the periphery to the mainstream of academic studies" (2011). This move has been included in the past, as it has been defined by a growing sense of the oral history of the world as a threshold of academic research and public engagement. The primary mode of that engagement has been the arts (High, Little, and Millar, 2017). As such, it is important to consider how the methods, opportunities, and ethics of oral history have intersected with the more familiar methods known to art and architectural history.
In October 2018, Concordia University and the Center for Oral History and Digital Storytelling will host the annual meeting of the Oral History Association (OHA), the most important scholarly network dedicated to the oral history practice. The theme of the 2018 meeting will be "Activism." In addition to regular sessions and keynotes, the OHA's visit will include locally-curated events and research-creation involving oral histories and life stories, designed to foreground Concordia's innovation in these areas, and locating the conference at the intersection of multiple disciplines.
This event will be an ideal opportunity for cross-disciplinary learning encounters at the graduate level. Drs Cynthia Hammond (Art History), Steven High (History), and Kathleen Vaughan (Art Education) propose to lead a collaboratively-taught seminar involving students from our respective programs, and from other graduate programs in the Faculty of Fine Arts and the Faculty of Arts & Sciences. This course will focus on oral history as a method, with particular attention paid to the intersections and discontinuities between public history, the built environment, the visual arts, and creative practices. Given the timing of the OHA conference, this course would ideally take the form of three intensive weekends over the term. During the first weekend, Students will learn about theories and methods of oral history and their application to the disciplines / areas that the three professors represent. Considering Concordia's location on a Mohawk territory, and the Center's 10-year commitment to the city of Montreal's history of life stories, shared responsibility, horizontality, inclusion, and transparency. During the second intensive weekend in October, students will attend the OHA conference to observe how oral history is in dialogue with interdisciplinary public practices and the arts, via session presentations and related art events. In November, students will work to produce self-reflexive outcomes (texts, artworks, performance) that embodies and critically engages their developing methodological and interdisciplinary understandings of oral history. We will encourage projects that pay particular attention to the students' own thesis research / program goals. At the end of this same day, students will present their work in progress to the three professors and their cohort, gathering feedback and input. This session would take place during the third, final intensive weekend. Final papers would be due in December. The great benefit of this theory is that it will provide a major contribution to the development of the theory of international cooperation. graduate programs at Concordia.
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