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Montreal Life Stories

Funded by SSHRC’s Community University Research Alliance, this project recorded the life stories of Montrealers displaced by war, genocide and other human rights violations. Nearly 500 interviews were recorded and then integrated into live theatre performances, online digital stories, documentary and animated film, pedagogical resources, audio walks, art installations, and a museum exhibition. 

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2006-2012

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Mapping Life stories (Geomedia Lab)

As argued by a growing body of scholars interested in “deep mapping”, there is a broad recognition of the importance of mapping stories for understanding places. What is less clear is how to turn these stories into maps. This project focuses on the multiple methodological and conceptual challenges raised throughout the process of turning highly personal and emotional life stories into abstract databases in order to map them.

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2014-

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Living Archives

Concordia University’s Centre for oral History and Digital Storytelling (COHDS) and the Association des Parents et Amis des Victimes du genocide des Tutsis au Rwanda (Page-Rwanda), representing survivors of the 1994 Rwandan genocide now living in Montréal, developed the online Living Archives platform. Interviewees who had agreed to online diffusion of their life stories were approached again to ensure they were alright with this. These interviews were then transcribed and translated. At the same time, a suite of new tools were developed that allow us to engage with these stories in new ways.

2016-2019