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«Modalités du récit de vie» Series - Round table 1: Le récit de vie comme pratique de résistance et de guérison


Monday, February 29, 2016 -
12:00 to 14:00

MODALITÉS DU RÉCIT DE VIE aux carrefours des sciences humaines, des média, des lettres et des arts

The objective of this series organized at the Centre of Oral History and Digital storytelling (CODHS / COHRN) is to rethink the usages and modalities of «self-narratives» in the context of documentary, humanities, literature and art. In these conversations, we hope to exchange ideas on these practices and put them in dialogue with oral history research done at COHDS by affiliate researchers and practitioners. We will also reflect on the many ways self narratives are collected and mobilized by different disciplines, how they help question and curb media and disciplinary discourses to invent new approaches.

Table ronde 1: Le récit de vie comme pratique de résistance et de guérison

With Amandine Gay, Sophia Koukoui, and Grace Sanders Johnson

Bilingual round table hosted by Stéphane Martelly, Postdoctoral Fellow for Research-Creation, COHDS, Concordia University

Putting in dialogue erased, subjugated or forgotten voices in history, the first panel of our series will be dedicated to the self narratives as a practice of resistance and survival. When raising and uplifting voices that are « normally » absent of the « great tales » of social and historical discourse, the panelists will (re)present them not only as dissidence, resistance and cure, but also as « noise » that disrupt and unsettle dominant discourses to create new centralities or complex marginalities. We will also examine how these perspectives transform the very nature of self narratives as well as their reach and meaning.

Amandine Gay. After graduating from the Institute of Political Science in Lyon with a masters in communication, in 2007, Amandine GAY turns to drama in 2008 and enters the Conservatory of Dramatic Art in Paris 16. She immediatly starts performing on stage, film and television. In 2012 she decides to turn to writing and starts with scripts for short television series. In 2014, she makes her directorial debut with a report on the #ContreExhibitB events and a feature-length Afrofeminist documentary entitled: Speak Up/Make Your Way. She is also a regular contributor to the information website, Slate.fr.

Suite à une maîtrise en neuroscience du comportement à l’Université McGill, Dr  Sophia Koukoui a complété une maîtrise et un doctorat en psychologie clinique à l’UQAM. Elle fait présentement un fellowship postdoctoral à McGill sur les soins partagés en santé mentale pour les enfants et les adolescents. Dr Koukoui a effectué ses internats en psychiatrie adulte à l’hôpital Louis-Hippolyte Lafontaine et en pédopsychiatrie transculturelle, au CSSS de la Montagne. Elle a également fait une formation post-graduée de quatre ans en évaluation de la personnalité à travers les tests projectifs et des formations à l’Institut des Etudes Avancées en Psychiatrie Transculturelle de McGill, groupe avec lequel elle effectue des travaux de recherche. Elle enseigne en milieu universitaire (premier et troisième cycles) sur les différents enjeux liés à l'évaluation et l'intervention auprès des membres des communautés culturelles. De plus, Dr Koukoui travaille en partenariat avec la DPJ et Batshaw pour des mandats d'expertise psycholégale et de psychothérapie.

Grace L. Sanders Johnson is a Postdoctoral Fellow for Academic Diversity at the University of Pennsylvania, Department of Africana Studies. She received her Ph.D. in History & Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan where she specialized in Modern Caribbean and Latin American History, Transnational Feminisms, Oral History, and African Diasporic Studies. Grace has been awarded fellowships from the Thomas J. Watson Foundation, the Andrew C. Mellon and Ford Foundations, the Canadian Embassy, and was recently awarded an Emerging Scholar Fellowship from the Haitian Studies Association for her dissertation La Voix des Femmes: Women’s Rights, National Politics, & Black Activism in Port-au-Prince and Montréal, 1934-1986. In addition to her study of twentieth century gender, sexuality, migration, and Haitian women's social and political organizing, Grace is currently collaborating with colleagues in Haiti and throughout the diaspora to establish a Haitian women’s oral history archive.

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