Post Doctoral Fellows & Other Affiliates

  • SJ Kerr-Lapsley

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    Sarah Jane (SJ) Kerr-Lapsley is a PhD student in the Department of Integrated Studies in Education at McGill. Building on her undergraduate research on Holocaust survivors’ involvement with the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre, and her MA research on Canadian Holocaust education initiatives, her current research focuses on the relationship between history teachers and external resources, such as museums and community organizations.expand

    SJ’s research interests include historical thinking/historical consciousness, teaching and curating difficult knowledge, and formal-nonformal pedagogical collaboration.

  • Danielle Aimée Miles

    Danielle Aimée Miles

    Danielle Aimée Miles is a graduate student at Concordia University in the Art History Department studying under the supervision of Professor Anne Whitelaw, finishing her Master’s Thesis. Danielle’s present research revolves around the institution of Encyclopedic museums in Canada and the exhibition of Classical Antiquity. Her writing applies postcolonial methodologies, critical museology, and narratology, among others, to analyze, but also theorize, innovative approaches to exhibiting collections acquired and presented through outdated and problematic ideologies.expand

    The relationship(s) between critical museological theory, display practices, and collecting tendencies are at the very heart of Danielle’s research. Art practices that engage with institutional critique and ideas of subversion are of a particular interest as well. She has worked as a Teaching Assistant in postcolonial methodologies, as well as a Research Assistant to Professor Anne Whitelaw, researching the influence of women’s volunteer groups within Montreal art museums and the collection and development of Canadian Contemporary art practices. Presently, Danielle is working as a Research Assistant for Dr. Heather Igloliorte on the FQRSC funded Beyond Museum Walls project.
  • Alex Robichaud

    Alex Robichaud

    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.

  • Maria Juliana Angarita Bohorquez

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    Maria Juliana Angarita Bohorquez has a B.A. in International Relations from Rosario’s University (Bogota, Colombia) and is finishing a Master’s in museology at UQAM, under the supervision of Professor Jennifer Carter. Her current research explores the construction of Colombia’s National Museum of Memory, focusing on the challenges faced by the museum professionals (curators, museographers, architects) responsible for adapting an institutional mandate sanctioned through national law to the design of a national memorial and human rights museum.

  • Anne-Marie Reynaud

    Anne-Marie Reynaud

    Anne-Marie Reynaud is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Centre for Research on Ethics. She is doing research on the Canadian Truth and Reconciliation Commission and visual media. In 2016 Anne-Marie completed her PhD in Anthropology at the Freie Universität Berlin, where she also worked as a Research Associate and Program Coordinator for the M.A. Visual and Media Anthropology from 2008 until 2010.

  • Marilou Trahan-Thomassin

    Marilou Thomassin

    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


    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


    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).
  • Shelley Ruth Butler


    Shelley Ruth Butler (PhD York University) is a cultural anthropologist who researches museums, curating, and heritage sites in Canada and South Africa. She co-edited (with Erica Lehrer) Curatorial Dreams: Critics Imagine Exhibitions (MQUP 2016), and facilitates Curatorial Dreaming workshops for researchers, museums professionals, and community groups ( Her first book, Contested Representations: Re-visiting Into the Heart of Africa (1999 & 2011) is a widely taught ethnography of a controversial exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum. expand

    Her interest in reflexivity and curating as a critical social practice is reflected in her contributions to Museum Theory: An Expanded Field  (2014) and Slum Tourism: Poverty, Power, Ethics (2012). Her newest curatorial research project explores the (im)possibility of exhibitions in response to suicide. She teaches interdisciplinary courses related to contemporary cultures with the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada.
  • Sharon Gubbay Helfer


    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.