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.

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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]

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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.

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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)







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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.

Espace112_couvert-235x300Nadine Blumer, CEREV’s SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow, just published the article, “Going Beyond the Pillars of the Memorial Site: Berlin’s Gallery of Romani Art as ‘Counter-Monument'” in the contemporary art journal Espace, Winter 2016, pp. 36-44.


CMHR-Lehrer-photo-300x300The review of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights appears in American Quarterly, Volume 67, Number 4, December 2015.

Click here for link to PDF document.


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


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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

Special Issue Launch Poster finalJournal launch issue, November 4th, Convocation Hall, University of Winnipeg, 5:30-7:30pm

The special issue of the Review of Education, Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies – Caring for Difficult Knowledge: Prospects for the Canadian Museum for Human Rights is available online. Angela Failler, our SSHRC Partnership Grant Thinking Through the Museum collaborator at CEREV is co-editor of the issue. Contributors include CEREV director Dr. Erica Lehrer and SSHRC Postdoctoral fellow Nadine Blumer. Access the issue here:


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 

Some Migrants We Know“Our goal with this project is to create a collaborative situation for kindling critical (but accessible) discussion about immigrant incorporation and cultural citizenship, and “to provide a framework,” as multidisciplinary artist Pablo Helguera would put it, “on which experiences can form and be directed and channeled to generate insights”—in this case, insights about one’s own personal experience with movement (or lack, thereof), the presence of difference, and how our lives are inextricably tied up within the lives of others.”

In our newest blog post, Gaelyn and Gustavo Aguilar of TUG Collective share their reflections on returning to the Exhibition Lab to continue developing their project Who Eats at Taco Bell?.

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CEREV is proud to present “Radical Museology …In Historic House Museums?,” a talk by Jennifer Scott, Director of the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, Chicago

April 1, 2015
2-4 PM
Room LB-1042.03
Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling, Department of History
JW McConnell Library Building
1400 de Maisonneuve Blvd W.
Concordia University

This is a free event and open to all. No registration is necessary.

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CEREV is proud to co-sponsor “Urban Pathways in the Northeast: Tracing Indigenous Continuity, Commemoration, and Mobility,” a lunch-hour presentation by Dr. Christine DeLucia (Assistant Professor of History, Mount Holyoke College).

March 19, 2015
11:45 AM-12:45 PM
Room EV 3.760
Computer Science, Engineering and Visual Arts Integrated Complex
Concordia University
1515 Rue Ste Catherine Ouest
Montréal, QC

This is a free event and open to all. No registration is necessary.

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We are excited to announce that former CEREV Postdoctoral Fellow Jenny Doubt and student affiliate from Concordia’s Department of History Ian Bradley-Perrin will be mounting their project A Global Pandemic? Problematizing Universal Strategies Through Localized Experiences of HIV/AIDS in our Exhibition Lab from February 12-13, 2015.

Please join us for a casual guided tour of Jenny Doubt and Ian Bradley-Perrin’s exhibition project “A Global Pandemic? Problematizing Universal Strategies Through Localized Experiences of HIV/AIDS” with Q&A session in CEREV’s Exhibition Lab from 5 – 7 PM on February 12, 2015.

Vernissage, Guided Tour & Q&A
February 12, 2015
5 – 7 PM
CEREV Exhibition Lab
JW McConnell Library Building, LB-671.10
1400 de Maisonneuve Blvd W.
Concordia University

Come see the product of much hard work on the part of former CEREV Postdoctoral Fellow Jenny Doubt and our student affiliate Ian Bradley-Perrin. Their experimentation in curation, “A Global Pandemic? Problematizing Universal Strategies Through Localized Experiences of HIV/AIDS” will be open to the public for drop-in visits at CEREV’s Exhibition Lab on February 13, 2015 from 12 – 5 PM.

A Global Pandemic? seeks to examine the experience of HIV/AIDS in significantly different localised contexts in Canada, America, South Africa, Brazil and Ukraine, thus revealing one of the limitations of universalised HIV/AIDS strategies focused on ‘universal access to antiretroviral therapy’, namely their failure to consider the significant nuances introduced by gender, age, class and urban/rural context that ultimately differentiate national and regional experiences of HIV and AIDS.

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We are excited to announce that CEREV will be hosting Gaelyn and Gustavo Aguilar of TUG Collective (University of Maine at Farmington) in our Exhibition Lab for a series of events February 16-19, 2015.

Their primary project will be an installation of Who Eats at Taco Bell?, workshopped at CEREV’s Encuentro session in June.

Who Eats at Taco Bell? is a socially-engaged-art platform for thinking about how the interlocking dynamics of immigration, social race, and economic prosperity in U.S.-American history continue to resonate with personal and political notions of national identity and belonging. Tug collective will be traveling the Lewis and Clark (a trail that was forged by an expedition that took place from 1804-1806), in the summer of 2016 leading up to the 58th U.S. Presidential Election, with a taco bike/cart, making tacos for people with whom we come in contact and activating participation via a multi-sensorial/multimedia installation, all in an effort to seed and extend conversations about what it means to inhabit a place, at this particular point in time.

Who Eats at Taco Bell? will be open for public viewing during the following hours:

  • February 17, 12-3 PM
  • February 18, 12-5 PM
  • February 19, 12-5 PM

On Thursday, February 19, Gaelyn and Gustavo will present Small Acts of Repair in the Exhibition Lab and host a public reception from 5 – 7 PM.

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CEREV is proud to co-sponsor “A Pioneering Journey: Strengths-based Approach to Working with Survivors of Genocide,” a talk with educator, author, and speaker Myra Giberovitch.

February 18, 2015
6 PM
Room LB-1042
J.W. McConnell Library Building
1400 de Maisonneuve Blvd. W.
Montréal, QC

This is a free event and open to all. No registration is necessary.

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“Different activities at CEREV’s media and exhibition spaces changed my students’ routines on campus; consequently affected their interactions with each other. For example, I encouraged students to work together when they edited their media projects. Several students reported that they received advice from their peers in the media lab. In other words, the lab setting plays a role in fostering a collective learning process.”

In our newest blog post, Dr. Tracy Zhang shares her reflections on working with CEREV’s facilities throughout her Fall 2014 Simone de Beauvoir Institute course Anti-Racist Feminist Media (WSDB498I).

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En tant que commissaire, avec l’exposition « Narcotrafic and the art of violence » présentée au CEREV du 20 au 27 novembre 2014, je voulais répondre aux questions : Comment participer dans cet activisme artistique pour mobiliser la conscience collective et réfléchir sur le malaise social qui frappe aujourd’hui le Mexique ? Comment interpeler le public local canadien et le rendre participe de cette mobilisation sociale ?

In our newest blog post, Nuria Carton de Grammont shares her reflections on curating Narcotraffic and the Art of Violence, shown in the CEREV Exhibition Lab November 20-27, 2014. The exhibition and its accompanying roundtable discussion were co-sponsored by the Chaire d’Etudes du Mexique Contemporain, the Centre d’Etudes et de Recherches Internationales, and the Réseau d’etudes sur l’Amérique latine à Montréal.

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Congratulations to Zohar Kfir and Megha Sehdev, CEREV affiliates showing their work at this year’s Ethnographic Terminalia exhibit at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association in Washington, D.C.!

With journalist and filmmaker Saransh Sugandh, Megha is presenting their photo project “ghar aur kaagaz: Home and Document,” which mimics documentary photography’s use of mundane and everyday “object tableaus.”

Zohar Kfir is presenting her documentary project “Points of View”, an ongoing interactive web documentary project based on video footage shot by Palestinians working with B’Tselem בצלם’s camera distribution project. Zohar mounted this project in our Exhibition Lab in February – March, 2014.

Image care of Ethnographic Terminalia.

Narcotraffic and the Art of Violence
Curated by Nuria Carton de Grammont

November 20-27, 2014
CEREV Exhibition Lab

Featuring the work of Carlos Rojas, Ileana Hernández, Maria Ezcurra, Philémon Cimon, Amanda Ruiz, Carmen Giménez Cacho, Daniela Ortiz, Flavia Hevia and Jacqueline Fortson

Please join us in our Exhibition Lab this month for a multi-artist installation curated by Université de Montréal postdoctoral researcher Nuria Carton de Grammont and featuring Concordia students and alumni. This exhibition explores artistic activism that seeks unique aesthetic strategies to educate viewers on the extreme violence caused by narcotraffic in contemporary Mexico.

Narcotraffic and the Art of Violence is co-sponsored by CEREV, the Chaire d’Etudes du Mexique Contemporain, the Centre d’Etudes et de Recherches Internationales, and the Réseau d’etudes sur l’Amérique latine à Montréal.

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This month, we are pleased to be offering two training sessions in DSLR video production. These free workshops are presented in collaboration with The Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling (COHDS) on November 12 & 19th from 12 – 2 PM in our Exhibition Lab.

Thanks to significant interest, these sessions are now at capacity!

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Many thanks to everyone who came out to the launch event for Erica Lehrer’s newest book Lucky Jews: Poland’s Jewish Figurines (Ha!art Press, 2014) on October 16!

Tamara Kramer, host of Shtetl on the Shortwave, provided an insightful frame for the discussion, and Erica had plenty to talk about with the engaged and lively audience, which ranged from 20- to 80-year olds.

Thank you again to the staff of Librairie Drawn & Quarterly for such a successful evening! To learn more about the book, visit http://www.luckyjews.com/.

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CEREV is proud to co-sponsor the next event in Concordia’s Department of History Speaker Series, a lecture by Dr. Alon Confino (University of Virginia/Ben-Gurion University).

November 14, 2014
11 AM – 1 PM
Room LB-1014
J.W. McConnell Library Building
1400 de Maisonneuve Blvd. W.
Montréal, QC

This is a free event and open to all. No registration is necessary.

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My principle research question is: how in art and technology projects do interdisciplinary considerations and frameworks for collaboration shape our understanding of gendered bodies and technical interactions? In theory, this involves the creation of an unconventional genealogy of key historical and contemporary female artists that hybridize human and non-human phenomena in their works. In practice, Orbital Resonance is one intervention aimed at answering my research question.

In our newest blog post, Margaret Westby writes about her multimedia project Orbital Resonance, which she mounted in the CEREV Exhibition Lab on October 17 as a component of her PhD in Humanities through Concordia’s Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Society and Culture.

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“…despite a general sense of human rights as being a good thing, something we should celebrate, the materiality of human rights, and the struggle through human history to get to the culminating point of a museum constructed in their honour, seemed largely absent in this museum, despite the projection of a time line (which interestingly ends with the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which Canada has yet to sign).”

Cynthia Milton (CEREV, Université de Montréal) recently shared her first impressions and reflections on the opening of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights on the CSRG website.

Cynthia was one of the participants in “Museum Openings: Caring for Difficult Knowledge Within and Beyond the Canadian Museum for Human Rights”, a September workshop we co-hosted with the University of Winnipeg’s Cultural Studies Research Group.

Click through to see the full post on the CSRG website.

“It is up to all of us to approach the CMHR this way – as a catalyst to renewed engagement with the world around us, and a forum for taking action on injustices in our midst. Members of our various communities bring with them a range of experiences including deep and intimate knowledge of painful histories that may (or may not) be on display at the CMHR. We must see ourselves, and be seen by the museum, as essential partners in contributing to and challenging its representations of human rights. It is in this spirit that we call on the public to help the museum rise to its higher mandate.”

Erica Lehrer (Director, CEREV) and Angela Failler (Cultural Studies Research Group, University of Winnipeg), have written a piece for the CSRG website in which they reflect on the newly-opened Canadian Museum of Human Rights.

CEREV affiliates joined members of the CSRG in Winnipeg recently for Museum Openings: Caring for Difficult Knowledge Within and Beyond the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, which formally kicked off CEREV’s partnership with the group.

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cmhr signs of unfished galleries

Like a nineteenth-century universal museum, the CMHR is explicitly global. Arguably, Canada, with its diasporic communities linked to any number of historical and contemporary violations of human rights, is the right place for this museological experiment. But logically and morally, I argue, the museum should be grounded and engaged in the local struggles occurring on its doorstep, which reverberate nationally.

In our latest blog post, Shelley Ruth Butler reflects on the contentious September opening of the Canadian Museum of Human Rights in Winnipeg.

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Welcome back, CEREV friends! I had a wonderful sabbatical, full of the always surprising and thought provoking challenges of public scholarship and curating difficult knowledge.

My June 2013 exhibit Souvenir, Talisman Toy in the Seweryn Udziela Ethnographic Museum in Krakow, Poland was a fascinating experience. Part of this was navigating the institutional politics of bringing “critical museology” to an historic, East European national museum, contributing to their growing pains (and experiencing some of my own) as they “Europeanize” and “globalize.” And part of it was the success of the exhibit itself. This, along with its short run (less than 3 weeks), pushed me to spend much of the year creating a bilingual catalog based on the exhibit, as well as a website, so that the materials could have an ongoing life and be used for pedagogical purposes in Poland and abroad.

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CEREV and les études supérieures en muséologie à l’Université du Québec à Montréal are proud to co-present

Collaboration, Conversation and Reconciliation:
Learning how to address the uneasy conversation between indigenous Australians and settler society

A presentation by
Dr. Andrea Witcomb
(Deakin University)





September 24, 2014

3 – 4:30 PM
Room M-9550
Université du Québec à Montréal (UQÀM)
1001 Boulevard de Maisonneuve E.
Montréal, QC

This paper will take a number of case studies from a large research project funded by the Australian Research Council on the Australian collecting sector and its engagement with cultural diversity to argue that Australian museums, from across the sector, have developed a strong curatorial practice in which Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander people are no longer represented as a precursor to Australian history but as integral to the way in which we understand ourselves as a post-settler society.

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Launch of Lucky Jews: Poland’s Jewish Figurines and Discussion
October 16, 2014
7 – 9 PM
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly
211 Bernard Ave. Ouest
Montréal, QC H2T 2K5
Facebook event

Please join us to celebrate the publication of our director’s new volume Lucky Jews: Poland’s Jewish Figurines for an evening of film and discussion about a unique aspect of Poland’s current fascination with Jewish culture.

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Collaboration – Exhibition – Research
June 22-27, 2014
CEREV Exhibition Lab
Room LB-671.00
J.W. McConnell Library Building, Concordia University
1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd W.
Montreal, QC, Canada H3G 1M8

CEREV is pleased to host a work group as part of the Hemispheric Institute’s 2014 Encuentro, MANIFEST! Choreographing Social Movements in the Americas. The week-long session in our Exhibition Lab is convened by Monica Patterson, our Banting Postdoctoral Fellow.

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To the CEREV community,

As my time as Acting Director ends, I want to take a moment to reflect on the rich and productive last year, as well as tell you about where CEREV is heading.

A highlight of the year was developing participatory and practice oriented workshops. These included a session on food and exhibition with performance artist Basil AlZeri and a day-long workshop on criminalization of HIV in Canada, in which a collective of community activists and academics created a multi-pronged public art educational campaign. We saw the potential of using new and old media in the CEREV lab in the service of public culture. In response to our local political climate, I was especially pleased to welcome anthropologist Andréanne Pâquet who presented her advocacy oriented exhibitionary work involving photographic portraits of Muslim women.

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In our latest blog post, Caroline Künzle reflects on using humour to over prejudice and her video project we mounted in the Exhibition Lab this past March. Her project, “Is this a joke / C’est une joke?” is a component of her MFA in Creative Practice with the Transart Institute.

Click through to see her write-up.

image: Avram Finkelstein and Ian Bradley-Perrin in the Exhibition Lab in January

CEREV MA affiliate Ian Bradley-Perrin and Administrative Assistant Mary Caple share their reflections on the organizing process behind the “Collective Strategies for Visual Production on the Issue of HIV Criminalization” workshop and recent developments in the the historiography and public history of HIV/AIDS. This post is the final piece in a series of blog posts reflecting on projects that our affiliates, staff, and students have been producing this year that deal with HIV/AIDS.

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Concordia undergraduate student Brittany Watson shares her reflections on translating a class project from the classroom into curatorial and archival work. Brittany was asked to curate an “imagined exhibition” as a component of Dr. Heather Igloliorte’s undergraduate seminar Exhibiting Aboriginal Art in Theory and Practice, taught in the Department of Art History at Concordia University.

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image © Molo Songololo, Issue No. 40, August 1985, Cape Town.

Children’s Art from the Past and Present: An Interdisciplinary Symposium
April 11, 2014
9:45 AM – 6:00 PM
CEREV Exhibition Lab
Room LB-671.00
J.W. McConnell Library Building, Concordia University
1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd W.
Montreal, QC, Canada H3G 1M8

Click here for symposium schedule and presenter biographies
This symposium is open to the public, but seating is limited. RSVP to cerev@concordia.ca (Mandatory for admittance).

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CEREV Administrative Assistant Mary Caple shares her reflections on the Visual AIDS event “Flash Collectives: Creating Agile Strategies for Social Change” at the Brooklyn Community Pride Center in New York on February 28, 2014. She and other participants spoke about our January workshop with Avram Finkelstein.

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Concordia News asked Monica Patterson for her take on the Hemispheric Institute’s Encuentro, taking place at Concordia June 21-28.

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In 2010, anthropologist Andréanne Pâquet launched a participatory photography project, Ce Qui Nous Voile (Our Veil), working with more than 50 women from Montreal who wear the Muslim headscarf. Together with photographer Éric Piché, she met, photographed, and interviewed these women on why they wear the veil and what it means to them.

Workshop with Andréanne Pâquet
March 31, 2014
1 – 3 PM
CEREV Exhibition Lab
Concordia University J.W. McConnell Library Building
e-mail cerev@concordia.ca to RSVP (mandatory)

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CEREV fellow Jenny Doubt shares her reflections on our January session with New York-based artist, activist, and writer Avram Finkelstein and connections with her own research. The workshop was a co-production with Concordia’s HIV/AIDS Community Lecture Series with the support of the university’s Faculty of Fine Arts (FOFA) Gallery.

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We are pleased to mount Caroline Künzle’s Is this a joke? / C’est une joke? project in our Exhibition Lab from March 14 – 20, 2014.

CEREV Exhibition Lab
Concordia University J.W. McConnell Library Building
March 14, 2014
5 – 7 PM
Open to all. No RSVP necessary.
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Viewing Hours at CEREV Exhibition Lab:

  • March 17: 12-3 PM
  • March 18: 12-3 PM
  • March 19: 12-3 PM
  • March 20: 12-3 PM

Open to the public, no reservation necessary.

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Zohar Kfir will be interviewed in-studio on CKUT-FM tomorrow morning (February 25) between 7 and 9 AM on The Morning After Show about her upcoming installation at CEREV. We are excited to mount her interactive documentary project Points of View in our Exhibition Lab from February 27 – March 6, 2014.

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Assistant to the Director at the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies (MIGS) Marie Lamensch shares her reflections on MIGS’ January Twitter Bootcamp in our Exhibition Lab.

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We are excited to mount Zohar Kfir’s Points of View documentary project in our Exhibition Lab from February 27 – March 6, 2014.

February 27, 2014
5 – 7 PM
Open to all

Brown Bag Lunch Talk
March 5, 2014
11 AM – 12 PM *note time change
e-mail cerev@concordia.ca to RSVP (mandatory)

The installation and both events will take place at the CEREV Exhibition Workshop in Concordia University’s J.W. McConnell Library Building, room LB-671.10. The lunch hour session will include a virtual conversation with project participants including Yoav Gross, B’Tselem’s Video Department Director.

Viewing Hours at CEREV Exhibition Lab:

  • February 28: 12-3
  • March 4, 5, 6: 12-3

Open to the public, no reservation necessary.

Points of View is an ongoing interactive web documentary project based on video footage shot by Palestinians working with B’Tselem בצלם’s camera distribution project.

In 2007, B’Tselem began giving Palestinians living in the West Bank and Gaza video cameras as well as basic training in shooting and editing. Their hope was that the resulting video would allow Palestinians themselves to not only document the infringement of their rights, but also to present their the anger, pain, joy, and hope of their daily lives to both Israelis and to the international public.

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Erica Lehrer has recently published a critical review of a recent exhibition about Polish “righteous gentiles” in the online journal of the Polish leftist movement Political Critique (Krytyka Polityczna). The group works to connect scholars, artists, and activists with each other and with the public.

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Multi-media artist, curator, writer, educator, and Concordia Humanities PhD student Natalie Doonan shares her reflections on our workshop with Basil AlZeri and David Szanto earlier this month.

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On January 31, the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies will be facilitating a Twitter Boot Camp in our Exhibition Lab. The session with help participants use Twitter to call attention to causes and promote social change at local and global levels. Participants will learn how to make this social media an effective tool for advocacy goals, put together a Twitter strategy and get connected with the right people for their organization or cause.

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A full day workshop on the collective production of socially engaged art and agitprop with activist cultural producer Avram Finkelstein. Co-produced by CEREV and Concordia’s HIV/AIDS Community Lecture Series with the support of the university’s Faculty of Fine Arts (FOFA) Gallery.

January 24, 2014
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
CEREV Exhibition Lab

By special invitation only.

“Collective strategies for visual production on the issue of HIV criminalization” will be co-facilitated by activist/performer Jordan Arseneault and artist J’vlyn d’Ark. This session is presented in conjunction with “Collective Queer Cultural Production, AIDS and the Public Sphere,” a lecture by Avram Finkelstein at the Canadian Centre for Architecture on Thursday, January 23 at 7:00 PM.

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An interactive workshop on art, food, and performance with Toronto-based Palestinian artist Basil AlZeri and David Szanto, Concordia Individualized Program PhD student and Vanier Scholar in performative gastronomy. Co-produced by CEREV and FASA with support from the Office of the Dean and the Office of Student Affairs in the Faculty of Fine Arts at Concordia University.

January 23, 2014
10:00 AM – 2:30 PM
CEREV Exhibition Lab

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All participants will be required to bring a food item with them as part of the praxis component of the session. Two short presentations will be followed by a series of exercises with all attendees.

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CEREV’s Acting Director Shelley Butler and Administrative Assistant Mary Caple share their reflections on Concordia public historian Ron Rudin‘s Trudeau Foundation Week master class. Click through to our blog to see the post.

Curator and Concordia Studio Arts instructor Lon Dubinsky shares his reflections on our workshop with Bernadette Lynch last month. Click through to our blog to see his post.

The author of this post, Chantale Potié, was one of the participants in “Futures of the Ethnographic Museum,” a workshop in the CEREV Exhibition Lab in October 2013 led by Dr. James Clifford (University of California, Santa Cruz).

I was pleased to be able to participate in the intimate “Futures of the Ethnographic Museum” workshop led by prominent scholar James Clifford on October. It is rare to be able to engage with a figure as influential as Clifford in such a small group setting. Clifford presented a text based on a keynote lecture he delivered at the Pitt Rivers Museum earlier this summer, a famous museum known for its taxonomic exhibiting of anthropological artifacts. Clifford sought to question the present state of the ethnographic museum through two case studies: 1) The UBC Museum of Anthropology (now widely known as MOA) in Vancouver, and 2) the future Humboldt Forum currently being built in Berlin.

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This week’s CEREV co-sponsored conference Plundered Cultures, Stolen Heritage (November 6-7) was covered in Sunday’s Montreal Gazette.

Our Banting Postdoctoral Fellow, Monica Patterson, who has been a key member of the conference organizing committee and is pictured above (far right) next to Dr. Frank Chalk, Dr. Catherine Mackenzie, and Clarence Epstein (Director of Special Projects and Cultural Affairs, Concordia University), will chair Panel 2 – Impact on the Victims, with Sherry Farrell Racette (Timiskaming First Nations, Associate Professor, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg), Mehmet Polatel (PhD candidate at Boğaziçi University, Istanbul), and Elazar Barkan (Professor, Columbia University, New York) on November 7 from 11:20 AM – 12:45 PM.

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Book Talk & Reception with Stacey Zembrzycki and Anna Sheftel

November 18, 2013

L’Amère à Boire, 2049 St-Denis

5-8 PM

CEREV affiliated researchers Stacey Zembryzycki and Anna Sheftel are hosting a book talk and reception for their co-edited work “Oral History Off the Record: Toward an Ethnography of Practice” on November 18.

“Please join us to discuss this new edited collection, which contains 14 original essays on oral history practice. Rather than treating oral history as a perfect methodology with strict rules, Oral History Off the Record asks readers to deeply reflect on actual oral history experiences and to treat interviewing as the complex, messy, and rewarding craft that it is.”

Congratulations to Stacey and Anna on their publication! Visit the Facebook event page for more information.

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A Conference on the Targeting of Culture During Mass Atrocities

November 6-7, 2013

Concordia SGW Campus

CEREV has partnered with the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies, Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling, Concordia University Department of History, Concordia Department of Art History, Christie’s, the Alex Dworkin Foundation, McCord Museum, Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal, Sotheby’s and the Government of Canada to present “Plundered Cultures, Stolen Heritage: A Conference on the Targeting of Culture During Mass Atrocities” on November 6 and 7, 2013.

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On October 11, 2013, CEREV Director Erica Lehrer and Concordia PhD in Humanities candidate Florencia Marchetti will lead the first workshop in Concordia’s Graduate and Professional Skills Research Conversations Series.

Titled “Exhibition as Research: Curating and Public Scholarship in the Humanities,” the workshop will run from 1:15-2:15 pm in room S1.435 of the John Molson Building on Concordia’s downtown SGW campus. Visit the Graduate and Professional Skills website to register and find more information.

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A workshop with Bernadette Lynch (museum writer, researcher and consultant)

October 16, 2013
14:00 – 16:00
CEREV Exhibition Lab

e-mail cerev@concordia.ca to RSVP (mandatory)

Beneath the rhetoric of the utopian, democratic, dialogic museum, the space is always contested and political. This is the very reality, Lynch maintains, that the museum does much in its power to ignore. In fact, research has shown that the museum’s participatory engagement can produce the opposite effect, exacerbating the antagonistic potential existing within social relations, evidence of which can be seen throughout current museum public engagement work. Consequently, it can leave everyone dissatisfied.

What to do as a museum professional when faced with resistance, opposition, conflict – internally or externally – or both? As one staff member at a prominent UK museum put it, “Life is messy, controversial, fluid, contentious – lots of things a museum has difficulty with!”

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A public lecture with James Clifford (University of California, Santa Cruz)

October 11, 2013
17:00 – 18:30
Visual Arts Building VA114
SGW Campus

Co-sponsored with the Feminist Media Studio, the CISSC Working Group in Transnational Cultural Flows, the McGill Anthropology Department and the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema.

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A screening of Tor Ben Mayor’s film “Two Sided Story” and facilitated discussion with Bassam Hajj and Sharon Gubbay Helfer

October 10, 2013
8:00 PM
LB 671.10

Visit COHDS’s website to RSVP (required)

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A workshop with James Clifford (University of California, Santa Cruz)

October 9, 2013
14:00 – 16:00
CEREV Exhibition Lab

e-mail cerev@concordia.ca to RSVP (mandatory)

New publics and branding exercises; complex relations with source communities; material pressures and generational shifts; performance art and digital networking; innovative forms of collaboration and research…  The talk explores the good and the bad news for museums devoted to cross-cultural understanding in times of globalization and decolonization.

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Due to unforeseen circumstances, Dr. Marcus’s lecture has been cancelled.

A public lecture with George Marcus

October 3, 2013
18:00 – 20:00
Hall Building H-1145
SGW Campus

Co-sponsored with Concordia’s Department of Sociology and Anthropology, McGill University Department of Anthropology and McGill University Social Studies of Medicine.

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Concordia University’s Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling has now listed CEREV among its Affiliated Organizations, along with the Centre d’histoire de Montreal, Centre Khemara, Communauté angkorienne du Canada, the Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre, and the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies.

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Please join us in the CEREV lab to ring in the new academic year.

September 18, 2013
5 – 7 PM
CEREV Exhibition Lab – LB 671.01
RSVP to cerev@concordia.ca

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Congratulations to Shelley Butler, Erica Lehrer, Cynthia Milton, and Monica Patterson! All are CEREV affiliates who have recently been published or reviewed in the inaugural Summer 2013 issue of Museum and Curatorial Studies Review.

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Monica Patterson was featured in Métro as one of three rising star academics in Montreal, alongside Marc-André Verner (UQAM) and Aline Massouh (HEC Montréal). Congratulations, Monica!

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It is a pleasure to steer CEREV in 2013/2014 while Erica Lehrer is on sabbatical.  I have been involved with CEREV for three years as a Research Affiliate, developing a comparative research program on curating difficult knowledge with colleagues Monica Eileen PattersonHeather Igloliorte and Erica Lehrer. I also co-lead an interdisciplinary university-wide curatorial theory and practice working group and facilitate and participate in workshops exploring curatorial technologies, strategies, and methodologies.

I am a cultural anthropologist and my research focuses on museums and public history in settings characterized by diversity, inequality, demographic change, and shifting power relations.  I teach interdisciplinary courses on Canadian cultures and museums at the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada.

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Souvenir, Talisman, Toy is an exhibit and international, intercultural dialogue project that seeks to understand and debate the popularity and meanings of Polish-made figurines depicting Jews. The goal of the project is to showcase the long history and variety of cultural, religious, economic, and political influences on the figurines, and to foster dialogue among different perspectives on their meaning.

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Image from the Returning the Voices to Kouchibouguac National Park website.

Professor Ron Rudin has recently launched a new website: Returning the Voices to Kouchibouguac National Park. The website relates a story from the east coast of New Brunswick, where in the late 1960s more than 1200
people (mostly Acadians) were removed from their lands so that nature could be displayed to park visitors without the distraction of a human presence.

The Returning the Voices to Kouchibouguac National Park project is designed to return the residents’ voices to their lands by way of 26 video portraits that are embedded into the map that was created for their removal. Many of the interviews were done on the lands from which the residents were removed over 40 years ago, and the mobile version of the website (available at the same URL) makes it possible to hear these stories while on the same lands.

To read more about the Returning the Voices to Kouchibouguac National Park project click here.

Banting Postdoctoral fellow Monica Eileen Patterson has just signed a
on for a tenure-track position in Child Studies at Carleton University beginning in 2014.

Carleton has allowed her to defer her start date for a year in order
to complete her Banting tenure here at CEREV.

CEREV is so glad Monica’s staying in Canada!

April 27– May 2, 2013

LB 671.10, 1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd W.
Montreal, QC


Co-sponsored by CEREV, The Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling, and the Chaire de Recherche du Canada en mondialisation, citoyenneté er démocratie, QUAM.

The art exhibition CounterMemories highlights the Montreal based
immigrant artists Mona Sharma and Khadija Baker in the exhibition from
Dr. Jill Strauss‘ Fulbright project in Montreal this year. The artists, one Kurdish Syrian and the other South Asian, use their art to raise issues
about current conflicts, displacement, and memories of marginalized

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April 26-27, 2013

Humanities PhD Graduate Student Conference
Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Society and Culture
Concordia University, Montréal, Canada

Pressing [against] Methods invites graduate and post-doctoral students from all disciplines in the social sciences, fine arts and liberal arts to present on the issue of methods. Presentations can take the form of traditional research papers, as well as artistic, multi-disciplinary and multi-format presentations. Presenters are encouraged to think about how they define, combine, employ, reject, subvert and create methods in their own work. Presenters can address issues related to ethics, politics, epistemology, creativity, disciplinarity, funding, pedagogy, etc.

The conference program is now available here.

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Former CEREV postdoctoral fellow Joseph Rosen is a part of “This Situation”, a participatory art installation currently on exhibit at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal. He will be paid to be an interactive piece of art that chats about economics and the aesthetics of existence. So skip work, go visit Joseph, and get some relational art on your new spring shoes!

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Unresolved Conflicts: Popular Movements
and Ongoing Social Change

March 15-16, 2013
Concordia University

Presented annually by Concordia University’s Graduate History Students’ Association, the History in the Making conference gives students an opportunity to present their work before an audience of their colleagues, faculty, and professional researchers.

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On June 1-2, 2012, CEREV director Erica Lehrer, affiliated scholar Shelley Butler, and doctoral student Florencia Marchetti attended the Public Ethnography Conference at Royal Roads University in Victoria, BC.

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CEREV’s pioneering efforts reverberate in larger disciplinary structures:

2013 AAA Annual Meetings – Call for Installations
Proposals Due: April 15, 2013

Installations (a remix and rebirth of “InnoVents” and “Salons”
introduced to the AAA Annual Meetings program in recent years) invite
anthropological knowledge off the beaten path of the written
conference paper. Like work shared in art venues, presentations
selected as part of the AAA Installations program will draw on
movement, sight, sound, smell, and taste to dwell on the haptic and
engage AAA members and meeting attendees in a diverse world of the
senses. Presenters may propose performances, recitals, conversations,
author-meets-critic roundtables, salon reading workshops, oral history
recording sessions, new media projects and other alternative, creative
forms of intellectual expression for consideration.

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A lecture by Fatma Müge Göçek

March 8, 2013
1:00 – 3:00 PM

With the intent to analyze the origins and continuity of the collective violence committed against the Armenian through Ottoman and republican history up to the present, the talk analyzes the narrative of 297 contemporaneous memoir writers and their 315 texts. The analysis provides a historically based explanation not only for the emergence of such collective violence, but its continuation across two hundred twenty years from 1789 to 2009. And it further argues that the layering of denial across time makes it even more challenging for contemporary Turkish state and society to acknowledge the violence.

Co-sponsored by the Simone de Beauvoir Institute, MIGS, and CEREV

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Feb. 28 – March 2

A three-day symposium on contemporary Indigenous film, media arts and exhibitionary practice featuring Canadian artists, filmmakers, scholars, and curators.

Transmissions: Sharing Indigenous Knowledge and Histories in the Digital Era is a three-day collaborative event including workshops, a film screening, an interactive art installation and a public symposium. Transmissions will explore the interface of Indigenous knowledge and oral history with digital technologies, experimental museology, and new communicative forms in twenty-first century exhibition and artistic practice. The symposium provides an opportunity for prominent academics, curators and museum professionals to discuss their recent research in the fields of Indigenous exhibition and curatorial practice, particularly as it relates to the experimental interface of museum work, art, and technology, and to enter into dialogue with Indigenous artists and arts professionals who also employ new media and digital technologies in their artistic practice.

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February 27, 2013
CEREV, LB 671.10

Co-Sponsored by the Curatorial Theory and Practice Working Group.

Invisible Violence brings together the work of four artists—Rebecca Belmore, Ken Gonzales-Day, Francisco-Fernando Granados, and Louise Noguchi—who use photography as a point of reference for histories of violence that inform a contemporary politics of representation. Their work intentionally covers, erases, withdraws or cuts apart the main subject of the photographs, delaying the recognition of the structural and systemic violence underlying each image. Taking this interruption as its starting point, the project asks that “we”—the audience who are informed by contemporary mediascape riddled with images of violence—problematize the first person pronoun. As Susan Sontag writes, “No ‘we’ should be taken for granted when the subject is looking at other people’s pain.”

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CEREV director Erica Lehrer will serve on a consultant panel co-organized by the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and Harvard University. The panel will convene on February 21-22 at the museum in Washington, D.C.
Lehrer will serve as an expert on public history and memorialization.

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February 15, 2013
LB-1014 (History Department Seminar Room)

Journalist Tori Marlan will talk about the process of transforming taped interviews and handwritten notes into a visual story in collaboration with a graphic novelist. The emerging field of comics journalism presents many opportunities and challenges for storytellers, and Marlan will discuss those that arose during the creation of Stowaway, an enhanced e-comic about an Ethiopian orphan who was smuggled to the United States. The comic was published last September by the Atavist.

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Amina Grunewald, a PhD Candidate in the Department of American and English Studies at Humboldt University in Berlin, will be joining CEREV as a Short-Term Research Fellow for the month of February 2013.

Amina will be focusing on contemporary Aboriginal cultural and decolonizing self-representations in contemporary literary and visual counter-narratives, with special emphasis on collective and individual memory work and strategies of recovery. She will also investigate curational practices that strive for the transferability of indigenous knowledge to non-native audiences. Amina’s stay at CEREV is co-funded by the Gesellschaft für Kanadastudien (Society for Canadian Studies) and Humboldt University’s English and American Institute. Her full bio can be seen on our “People” page. Welcome, Amina!









A Storyteller’s Story: Remembering in Public” is a Concordia student project that offers an experimental approach to thinking about Holocaust survivor testimony. Focusing as much on the process and conditions of telling as on the story itself, it follows Montreal Holocaust survivor
Ted Bolgar as he pursues his second profession as a giver of testimony.

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Monica Eileen Patterson, a postdoctoral fellow at CEREV and alumna of Swarthmore College, will be hosting three undergraduate externs from her alma mater during the week of January 14-19. The students will shadow Dr. Patterson, assisting in the development of “Refiguring Childhood,” an interactive, community-based exhibit that will travel to various sites in South Africa in 2014. They will also have the chance to learn more about the range of public history projects and exhibitions being produced at CEREV. Swarthmore’s Extern Program is run by the Career Services Center, and will place 237 current students with alumni for extern week this year.

Concordia’s new “INDI” individualized MA/Ph.D.
program, which exists to promote innovative and creative approaches to
issues that are outside the normal boundaries of investigation of
existing graduate programs, recently introduced a new Research Current
in Critical Curatorial Studies involving CEREV affiliates.”

Dawit L. Petros: Sign
A. Barnes: Sigmund Samuel
Source: Position as Desired: Exploring African Canadian Identity: Photographs from the Wedge Collection (K. Montague, 2010)

October 26 and 27,  2012

CEREV is hosting the 2-day workshop Curating Black Canadian History and Culture on October 26th and 27th, organized by affiliate Dr. Shelley Ruth Butler. The workshop will bring CEREV affiliates together with an invited group of expert curators and interdisciplinary educators. Friday afternoon’s round table session, “Taking Stock: Curating Black Canadian History and Culture” will feature twelve presenters who will catalyze a discussion by offering thoughts (and audiovisual material) on key curatorial moments and problems. Saturday’s session, “Curatorial Dreaming at the Royal Ontario Museum,” will focus on a curatorial project proposed by Butler for her forthcoming volume (with co-editor Erica Lehrer), Curatorial Dreams: Critics Imagine Exhibitions. Read the rest of this entry »

CEREV student Audrey Mallet has won a Jean Marielle Fellowship from her native city of Vichy, France, to study the history of the
city during the Second World War, and its how it has dealt with its heritage publicly in the years since. This fellowship is in memory of the eighty French parliamentarians who chose exile on board the ship, the Massilia, rather than voting for the abrogation of the constitution of the Third Republic and the inauguration of the “Etat Français” under Philippe Pétain. Félicitations, Audrey!

Wednesday, September 19, 12-2pm.
LB-1042, 1400 De Maisonneuve West

What makes the intersection of oral history and artistic practice unique lies above all in the collaborative approach to planning and creating something new. This interdisciplinary project will explore different approaches to visually interpret the history of the other. Read the rest of this entry »


An extended review of Ethnographic Terminalia by Shelly Errington (UC Santa Cruz) has just been published in the journal American Anthropologist. The review addresses our first three years of exhibition (Philadelphia, New Orleans, and Montréal) and traces theoretical and methodological connections to broader movements in anthropology and contemporary art. The full article can be downloaded on the Ethnographic Terminalia website here.

View photographs from Ethnographic Terminalia here.

An excerpt from the review:

“Forty or 50 years ago, any anthology or book with the words “anthropology” and “art” prominent in its title was almost certainly devoted to anthropological theorizing about the works of formerly colonized peoples. No more, and not for a while.  Read the rest of this entry »

Brown Bag Presentation

Wednesday, September 12th 2012, 12-1pm
EV 11-705, Hexagram Resource Centre

CEREV student affiliate Florencia Marchetti will be doing a presentation as part of the Hexagram-Concordia Research-Creation Brown Bag Series.

In this presentation, Florencia will offer an overview of her project’s methodological approach, discussing her take on anthropology as experimental practice, and showcasing instances of her work, which combines ethnographic and archival research, the production of audio/visual media, and the facilitation of what she calls situated, performative, collaborative acts of social analysis. Read the rest of this entry »

Center for Ethnographic Research and Exhibition in the Aftermath of Violence