CaPSL Affiliates

  • Alex Robichaud

    Knowledge Mobilization Fellow, Beyond Museum Walls
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    Alex Robichaud recently completed her Masters in Museum Studies at the University of Toronto, and has a B.A. in History from Concordia University. Alex’s research focus has been on photography, feminist studies and critical curatorial frameworks/exhibition practices. Alex worked with students and curators from the Art Gallery of Ontario to co-curate the The Darkroom Project: Taloyoak, 1972-73 at the Ryerson Image Centre (2017) and published the subsequent article: Critical Issues in Exhibiting Indigenous Photography.

  • Marilou Trahan-Thomassin

    Research Assistant, Beyond Museum Walls
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    Marilou Trahan-Thomassin studied photography at Champlain College in St-Lambert and proceeded to McGill University in Montreal to complete her bachelor’s degree in art history and education. Recipient of the 2016 “National Student Research Competition” at the National Association of African American Studies and Affiliates, Marilou is currently working on her master’s thesis at McGill University under the supervision of Dr. Charmaine Nelson. Her current work focuses on the representation of black children and the visual culture of slavery in New France.

  • Amber Berson

    CaPSL Affiliate
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    Amber Berson is a writer, curator, and PhD student conducting doctoral research at Queen’s University on the subject of artist-run culture and feminist, utopian thinking. She most recently curated The Let Down Reflex (2016, with Juliana Driever); TrailMix (2014, with Eliane Ellbogen); *~._.:*JENNIFER X JENNIFER*:.~ (2013, with Eliane Ellbogen); The Annual Art Administrator’s Relay Race (2013, with Nicole Burisch); and The Wild Bush Residency (2012–14). expand

    She is a member of the Montréal-based Critical Administrative Practices Reading Group; is the 2016 curator in residence through the Darling Foundry and Asterides France-Quebec cross-residencies in Marseille; and is the Canadian ambassador for the Art+Feminism Wikipedia project. Her writing has been published in Breach Magazine, Canadian Art, C Magazine, Esse, Fuse Magazine and the St Andrews Journal of Art History and Museum Studies.
  • Nadine Blumer

    CaPSL Affiliate
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    Nadine Blumer (Ph.D. Sociology, University of Toronto) is affiliate faculty at CEREV and in the History Department at Concordia University in Montreal. Her research focuses on sites of cultural production such as museums, monuments, and heritage tourism to understand why societies remember some histories of violence while ignoring others. A recent article about grassroots activist responses to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights appears in the Review of Education, Pedagogy and Cultural Studies (2015). expand

    In spring 2012 she co-curated an exhibition about marginalized histories of violence called Moving Memory in the CaPSL lab, experimenting with new methodologies for addressing commemoration of violence and “competitions” over victim status. She has published from her longstanding research about the Nazi genocide of Europe’s Roma population in a special issue on counter-monuments in Espace arts magazine (2016) and in The Nazi Genocide of the Roma: Reassessment and Commemoration (Berghahn Books, 2013), the most comprehensive book to date on the experience and representation of the Roma under National Socialism. Nadine is a former research fellow at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and has received research fellowships from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies, the Central European University (Budapest), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).
  • Sharon Gubbay Helfer

    CaPSL Affiliate
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    Dr. Sharon Gubbay Helfer is an oral historian, a scholar-practitioner of difficult dialogues, and a facilitator and trainer in the skills of everyday peace-making developed by the Compassionate Listening Project. As Research Associate with the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling at Concordia, she worked on the project “Life Stories of Montrealers Displaced by War, Genocide, and other Human Rights Violations”.expand

    There she created a pilot archive of Palestinian Canadian Life Stories and an online exhibit created together with the Palestinian participants, an exhibit launched at CEREV in 2012 (click here for a link to the project website). Her current projects focus on dialogue, peace-building, and transformation starting with individual citizens in Montreal, Quebec and Canada. Sharon was a CEREV Curatorial Fellow in the Winter of 2012.

     

  • Florencia Marchetti

    CaPSL Affiliate
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    Florencia Marchetti is a visual ethnographer and documentarian currently pursuing a PhD in Humanities at the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Society and Culture in Concordia University, Montreal. Born in Cordoba, Argentina, during times of political upheaval, she has focused her recent work on the politics and practices of cultural memory, investigating the affective traces of violent pasts in present day lives, including her own.expand

    Florencia co-directed “A storyteller’s story” as part of her affiliation with CEREV. Her doctoral project is an anthropological inquiry of experimental character about and with/in the public works of memory in contemporary Argentina, paying special attention to the historical narratives materializing in new site museums and the differential participation of distinct social groups in the creation of these spaces. Florencia was trained in Social Communications and Anthropology at the Universidad Nacional de Cordoba before obtaining an MA in Social Documentation from the University of California in Santa Cruz. Her documentary photo work has been widely used by grassroots groups and activists in Cordoba, and has also been filed as part of the Provincial Memory Archive while her video work has been showcased internationally in academic research, art and community-based contexts.
  • Elena Razlogova

    CaPSL Affiliate
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    Elena Razlogova is a cultural historian based in the History Department at Concordia who uses digital storytelling to encourage popular participation when interpreting and presenting the past. She has collaborated on many web-based projects, including the online exhibit Gulag: Many Days, Many Lives and Vertov, a freeware media annotating plugin for the Firefox extension Zotero. Her research interests include the intersection of culture and political economy in modern American media history and the ethics of surveillance in the USA and Soviet Union during the Cold War.