LOGOwLineMoving Memory: Difficult Histories in Dialogue

Launch: Monday, June 6th, 1:30pm
Runs daily (Mon-Fri), 10:30am-4:30pm
Until Wednesday, June 15th
Location: CaPSL/CEREV Lab, LB-671

How can you communicate different histories of violence in a shared space? “Moving Memory” is a collaborative multi-sited research exhibition about the Armenian and Roma genocides that proposes creative solutions to museological and scholarly conflicts around commemoration. Click here for more information.

Moving-Memory-group-shot-300x169Congratulations to co-applicants Dr Nadine Blumer and Dr Erica Lehrer for being awarded a SSHRC Connection Grant (2015-2016). It will support the research creation project, “Moving Memory: Difficult Histories in Dialogue,” curated by Dr Nadine Blumer in collaboration with Dr Hourig Attarian and artist-researcher Anique Vered.




SPTSThe Standing on Their Shoulders video exhibit is open in the CEREV exhibition lab from Monday, March 7 to Wednesday, March 16 from 10:30-4:30 (closed Saturday and Sunday)









From Place Royale to Colonial Williamsburg:

Ethnography and the Politics of Culture

Wednesday, January 6th 2016

5:00PM – 7:00PM

CEREV Exhibition Lab, LB-671.00

Concordia University

1400 de Maisonneuve Blvd. W



free-winter-desktop-backgrounds-2Dear Friends of CEREV & CCPS!
Please join us for an early winter 5 à 7 on Thursday, December 3rd at the Exhibition Lab (Concordia LB 671.10).
There will be refreshments and a lovely atmosphere for catching up before the holiday break. To add to the festivities, CEREV postdoc Jessica Roda will be presenting her co-edited book with Daniela Moisa, La diversité des patrimoines (Presse de l’Université du Québec, 2015).
Please RSVP to cerev@concordia.ca
Looking forward to seeing you,
The CEREV Team
BudapestStory of a Budapest Garden: Remembering and Forgetting at the Memorial Garden of the Dohany Synagogue, Budapest with guest speaker Zsuzsanna Toronyi, Director, Hungarian Jewish Museum & Archives 

Wed Nov.11th | 10:30am-12:30pm |CEREV | Concordia University | LB 671.00

Zsuzsanna Toronyi is Director of the Hungarian Jewish Museum and Archives, where she is developing and curating a new permanent exhibition. Toronyi has published and lectured about Jewish history, material culture and heritage, and the challenges in curating Holocaust exhibitions. She is involved in the revitalization of the Rumbach Street Synagogue in Budapest as an exhibition space for Jewish heritage. 

ImStillSurvivingFri Nov.6th | 12-2pm | CEREV | Concordia University | LB 671.00

In this interactive workshop Dr. Brier will provide an in-depth look at the “I’m Still Surviving” project – a collaboration between History Moves and the Women’s Interagency HIV Study (WIHS), the world’s longest running clinical research study on women living with HIV. 

Dr. Brier’s interactive workshop will focus on research methodology and the ethics/politics of oral histories in relation to HIV/AIDS, and will include a consideration of research questions that participants bring to the table. Participants must have attended her lecture the previous evening.

Due to limitations on seating, workshop spaces will be reserved for the staff and membership of any HIV/AIDS-related community group in Montreal and all students and faculty in the departments of History, Applied Human Sciences, Cinema, Sexuality, Communications and the Simone de Beauvoir Institute.

If you are interested in attending but don’t meet this criteria, send an email to hivaids@concordia.ca

Arts and Sciences Dean André Roy with CEREV Director Dr. Erica Lehrer

Arts and Sciences Dean André Roy with CEREV Director Dr. Erica Lehrer

At a well-attended vernissage on Oct. 1, 2015, CEREV Director Erica Lehrer announced two exciting name changes.  First, CEREV’s exhibition lab is broadening its mandate, becoming the Centre for Curating and Public Scholarship (CCPS), a university research platform that will be broadly accessible for faculty and student research, exhibits, and training. CEREV will remain a vibrant research group that operates as a key “spoke” in the broader intellectual community surrounding the lab, continuing its focus on difficult histories.  The goal is to create a hub where diverse user groups can experiment with exhibition as a significant form of public communication and dialogue. In conjunction with the inauguration of the CCPS, Erica Lehrer’s Canada Research Chair, previously the CRC in Post-Conflict Ethnography, Memory, and Museology has been renamed the CRC in Museum and Heritage Studies. In this role, Lehrer will work to synergize interests and energies across and beyond the university that touch on this important domain of cultural and political significance in Canada and internationally.

The inauguration of the Centre for Curating and Public Scholarship was accompanied by a vernissage of a travelling exhibition from the Museum of Memory and Human Rights in Chile. The exhibition documents human rights violations committed by the Chilean state between 1973 and 1990.  In travelling to Montreal, the exhibition aims to connect with the Chilean diasporic community, which is 8,000 strong in Quebec, as well as to stimulate awareness and reflection amongst a broader public. It illustrates well the potential of exhibitions to become sites of redress, public pedagogy, and inspiration.  The presence of local Chileans and activists at the vernissage added to the power of the exhibition as both a social and educational tool. 

The significance of these various energies was noted by Arts and Sciences Dean André Roy, who spoke of the necessity of interdisciplinary work and university-community collaboration to address real world issues. In the coming months, the CCPS will refine its mission and plans for short and long-term projects that make use of university space for public communication and display. Harnessing popular enthusiasm for museums and curating, the Centre seeks to be at the forefront of efforts to translate the newest academic scholarship into engaging, accessible, public display.





October 13, 2015, 4:30pm 

CEREV Exhibition Lab, LB-671.00

Concordia University

1400 de Maisonneuve Blvd. W


Co-sponsored by CEREV and the Azrieli Centre for Israel Studies

A dramatic transformation took place in the landscape and demography of Israel after the 1948 war, as hundreds of Palestinian villages throughout the country were depopulated, and for the most part physically erased. How has this transformation been perceived by Israelis? Kadman’s talk suggests some answers, based on a research that systematically explores Israeli attitudes concerning the depopulated Palestinian villages.

Noga Kadman lives near Jerusalem and is an Israeli researcher in the field of human rights and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, as well as a licensed tour guide.  Her main interest is to explore the encounter between Israelis and the Palestinian presence in the landscape and history of the country. She is co-editor of Once Upon a Land: A Tour Guide to Depopulated Palestinian Villages and Towns (in Hebrew and Arabic)

For additional information on Noga Kadman, follow the link below to the website for the Tel Aviv Review where you can find an interview with her from August 13 2015 (9. “Palestine in Ruins: Israel and the Depopulated Villages of 1948):


Opening Hours:

1:00pm – 5:00pm


Oct.1-22, 2015 (Closed Oct 13-14th)

CEREV Exhibition Lab-LB 671

Concordia University

1400 De Maisonneuve Blvd.W


About the Museum

The Museum of Memory and Human Rights seeks to draw attention to human rights violations committed by the Chilean state between 1973 and 1990. Its mission is to allow dignity for victims and their families, stimulate reflection and debate and to promote respect and tolerance in order that these events never happen again.

Through objects, documents and archives presented in different settings and formats, as well as a innovative sight and sound presentation, it is possible to learn part of this history: the military coup, the repression that took place in the following years, the resistance movement, exile, international solidarity, reparation policies.

The Museum of Memory and Human Rights is a dynamic and interactive space that rescues Chile’s recent history and recovers truth, which grows and reflects itself in a culture of respect for the dignity of individuals. This itinerant version of the Chilean Memory Museum and Human Rights offers Montreal-based visitors a taste of the larger exhibition and insight into recent Chilean history, as well as bridge this history with the 8,000 members of the Chilean community here in Québec.

Supported by the Museum of Memory and Human Rights in Chile, the Chilean Government, the Chilean Community of Montreal and part of a collaborative FQRSC- funded Interdisciplinary Curatorial Research Initiative: Thinking through exhibition research and praxis: New methodologies for public cultural dialogue and engagement and the LatinArte Festival http://www.latinarte.ca/

Exhibition Conception:

Carmen Gloria Quintana, Gaston Ancelovici, Sergio Gutierrez

Installation and Assembly:

Sergio Gutierrez & Lex Milton

Graphic Design: Claudia Valdivia 

Center for Ethnographic Research and Exhibition in the Aftermath of Violence