Erica Lehrer’s co-edited volume with Shelley Ruth Butler, Curatorial Dreams, garnered a review in the National Post!

Click here to read Robert Fulford’s review.




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International conference, 13-15 March 2017
POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, Warsaw, Poland

For details click here.

Thinking Through the Museum will also be at this upcoming conference.

The deadline for submissions is September 15, 2016.

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.


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In conjunction on with the publication of Curatorial Dreams: Critics Imagine Exhibitions with Erica Lehrer,  Shelley Ruth Butler is facilitating Curatorial Dreams workshops with museum professionals, researchers, community groups, and students.  Click here to explore how the Curatorial Dreaming methodology translates into workshops with these diverse constituencies.


Scholars are challenged to create their own exhibitions.

What if museum critics were challenged to envision their own exhibitions? In Curatorial Dreams, fourteen authors from disciplines throughout the social sciences and humanities propose exhibitions inspired by their research and critical concerns to creatively put theory into practice.


Screen shot 2016-05-18 at 3.48.50 PMNadine Blumer

January 2016

I. A Better World via the “Virtual Reality Empathy Machine.” 

“How Virtual Reality (VR) Can Create the Ultimate Empathy Machine” is the title of a TED talk first broadcast in March 2015. It has generated more than 1.2 million views in its first months online. The speaker, interactive media artist Chris Milk, prophetically describes how the immersive quality of VR not only transports viewers into another world, but also effectively alters perceptions and may even change the world. VR is a “machine,” he declares, through which “we become more compassionate, we become more empathetic, and we become more connected. And ultimately, we become more human.”

Milk gives the example of the UN-funded VR film, “Clouds Over Sidra,” which was shown to delegates at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland in January 2015. This film takes viewers into a Syrian refugee camp in Jordan through the eyes of a 12-year old girl named Sidra. As Milk explains, “When you look down, you’re sitting on the same ground that she’s sitting on. And because of that, you feel her humanity in a deeper way. You empathize with her in a deeper way. And I think that we can change minds with this machine.”[i]


cerevfbimagePlease be advised that CEREV is changing its domain URL to http://cerev.ca – http://cerev.concordia.ca will still be active over the next few months but will eventually be terminated. Please use our new domain, so you don’t miss out on anything!

Moving-Memory-group-shot-1024x576Congratulations 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)








FASS BLogFollow this link to read FASS Blog – Profane Perambulations – A Public Humanities Experiment in the Parliamentary Precinct by Dr. Monica Eileen Patterson. Nadine Blumer, CEREV’s SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow, also participated in the event.

Center for Ethnographic Research and Exhibition in the Aftermath of Violence