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Katrina Srigley, Stacey Zembrzycki, and Franca Iacovetta, eds., Beyond Women’s Words: Feminisms and the Practices of Oral History in the Twenty-First Century (Routledge, 2018).


Please join us for the launch of Beyond Women’s Words, a wide-ranging volume that unites feminist scholars, artists, and community activists from around the world who “do” oral history in varied contexts. The reception will be followed by a performance of Come Wash with Us: Seeking Home in Story by the Tasht Collective. Books will be available for purchase from Librairie Paragraphe Bookstore. This event is made possible with funding from Concordia University, the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling, Nipissing University, and the University of Toronto.


Date: Friday, October 12th 2018
Time: Launch 5:00-7:00 PM / Performance 7:00-8:00 PM
Location: Atwater Library, 1200 Atwater Avenue, Westmount, QC, Canada, H3Z 1X4 (Atwater Metro Station)


Beyond Women’s Words

Feminist oral historians want to tell stories that matter. They know, too, that the telling of those stories, and the different contexts in which they are shared and interpreted, also matters—a lot. Using Sherna Berger Gluck and Daphne Patai’s classic text, Women’s Words, as a platform to reflect on the impact of feminisms on the wider field of oral history, the 25 chapters bring together an international, multi-generational, and multidisciplinary line-up of authors whose work highlights the great variety in understandings of, and approaches to, feminist oral histories.


Come Wash with Us: Seeking Home in Story (The Tasht Collective)

A collaborative research-creation piece by a collective of four women who originally come from the Middle/Near East. Having lived in a volatile region before calling Canada home, all four of us have inherited memories of atrocities from our families. Our starting point is our personal stories and family memories of doing laundry, which when woven together with shared history from our originary communities, become the springboard for creating our own community sitting around a circle of washtubs to explore our collective stories of loss, dispossession, war, genocide, and exile. This one-hour performance features an open dialogue amongst ourselves and with viewers who join our process of washing.