Author: Nick Matte

Summer Work Study: My First Few Weeks at the Collaboratory/Taryn Parker

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  Hi there!  name is Taryn Parker and I was recently taken on as a Social Media Specialist for the Oral History Collaboratory.  I’m going into my third year at University of Toronto St. George Campus studying Women and Gender Studies and Sexual Diversity Studies. Although I was hired to operate social media, I’ve had the pleasure to work with multiple ongoing projects at the collaboratory. I will be working on making this site more […]

More video training @ CLGA!

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Now that our interviews are well underway for our oral history project on the de- & re-listing of Sex Reassignment Surgery (funding) in Ontario, our team is becoming more experienced and continuing to develop our videography and interviewing skills. This past week we conducted training at the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives, giving us all a chance to become more proficient in the use of our video and lighting equipment, and preparing new team members to act […]

Oral History Interviews: SRS de/relisting in Ontario

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If you’ve been following our social media posts, you may have noticed that interviewing is now well underway for our oral history project focusing on the 1998 delisting and 2008 re-listing of sex reassignment surgeries in Ontario (as medical procedures funded by the province). So far our team has conducted three interviews, two with Susan Gapka and one with Dr. Greta Bauer. Both have shared rich reflections about their involvement, their work, and their engagement […]

Trans Partners and Creative Non-Fiction/Elspeth Brown

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            I have been continuing my interviews with partners of trans men—folks who have been with their partners before and during some aspect of the transition. At this point I’ve interviewed 48 people in the US and Canada about a range of topics, including gender and sexual identity; visibility; coming out; affective labour; parenting; sex, and other topics. It’s been about 5 years since I put out an actual call. More frequently, people learn about […]

Trans Temporality Conference @ University of Toronto, by Al Stanton-Hagan

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On April 1, scholars, students, community members, clinical practitioners, artists, and activists came together from across Canada and the US at U of T’s University College for the inaugural Trans Temporalities Conference to share work and ideas about “the unique interdependence between narratives and constructions of normative bodies and linear time.” The conference was organized by Celeste Pang, Ido Katri, and Simon Daniel and sponsored by the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies. […]

Getting set for oral histories: fun with new video equipment!

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L-R: Nick Matte, Al Stanton-Hagan, Oli Bedard ***************************************** It’s exciting times at the LGBTQ Oral History Digital Collaboratory! We’ve recently purchased new equipment for our upcoming video oral history project and yesterday several members of our Toronto Collaboratory team met at the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives to explore and experiment with the equipment in preparation for our first interviews. We’re working with the Canon VIXIA HFG20 Camcorder, portrait studio lighting, and lavalier microphones. Many thanks […]

Reporting back on Moving Trans History Forward 2016!

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  LGBTQ Oral History Digital Collaboratory @ Moving Trans History Forward 2016 Moving Trans History Forward 2016 at the University of Victoria was a wonderful conference, to say the least. At Thursday night’s Opening Ceremonies attendees were warmly welcomed and heard Randall Garrison, MP for Esquimalt-Saanich-Sooke discuss the history and hurdles involved with getting gender identity and gender expression into human rights legislation. Jamison Green gave a keynote during lunch on Friday on the triumphs and challenges of trans […]

Moving Trans History Forward 2016

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  Moving Trans History Forward is front-page news in Victoria, BC and making waves well beyond the West Coast! It’s been a while since we last reported on LGBTQ Oral History Digital Collaboratory activities, but we have lots to share this week! Many of our team members are gathering in Victoria with folks from far and wide for the 2nd Moving Trans History Forward conference, expertly organized by Dr. Aaron Devor and the University of […]

Introducing Islandora and Al Stanton-Hagan, Digital Archivist

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Hi there! I’m Al Stanton-Hagan, a former research assistant for the LGBTQ Oral Histories Digital Collaboratory and student at U of T’s iSchool. Starting in September I’ll be replacing Rebecka Sheffield as the new Digital Archivist for the Collaboratory. This summer I attended the Islandora Conference at the University of Prince Edward Island, jumping into my new role head first to learn about one of the tools we’re using to store and provide access to […]