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5th Emerging Scholars Symposium on Oral History, Digital Storytelling, and Creative Practice


Friday, March 2nd, 2018 from 8:30am to 5:00pm

Theme: Memories in Motion

*Please note that this event will take place at the Centre for Teaching and Learning - Faubourg Tower - 1250 Guy Street FB 620 (6th floor).

This event has been made possible in part through the generous support of the Office of the Dean of Arts and Science, and the Department of History at Concordia University.



8:30-8:50 Registration

8:50-9:00 Welcome

Room A  

9:00-10:10 The Politics of Storytelling      

Chaired by Dr. Ioana Radu | Post-doctoral fellow at Dialog, Réseau de recherche et de connaissances relatives aux peuples autochtones 

Dona Leigh Schofield | MA Student, History, Concordia University Listening to Difficult Stories: Inuit Forced Relocation, 1953-1955    

Sophie Mailly | Étudiante à la maîtrise, Université de Montréal

Une guerre à n’en plus finir: récits et mémoires dans le movement pour la défense du territoire dans le Guatemala post-conflit  

Sonia Dhaliwal | MA Student, History, Concordia University Memory, Meaning and Reconciliation through Project Naming

Room B

9:00-10:10 Oral History & Photography

Chaired by Piyusha Chatterjee | PhD Student, INDI, Concordia University

Eleni Polychronakos | PhD student, Humanities, Concordia University

Leveraging Bonds of Kinship: The Struggle for Democracy in Agrarian Northern Greece, 1949-1967

Chloe Houde | BA Honours Student, History, Concordia University Memory and Photography: An Oral History of Siblings’ Childhoods

Lea Kabiljo | PhD student, Art Education, Concordia Through Their Eyes     

10:10-10:25 Break

Room A      

10:25-11:35 Telling Difficult Stories

Chaired by Dr. Leila Qashu | Banting Postdoctoral Fellow, COHDS, Concordia University   

Virginie Desgroseilliers | MA Student, History, Concordia University

Bennett Fleet Inc. and Deindustrialization: An Oral History Account of Social Webs and Industry     

Colleen Leonard | MA Student, Art Education, Concordia University

The Intervention Worker: Exploring Place through Displacement at The Open Door      

Arianna Garcia-Fialdini | PhD Student, Art Education, Concordia University Memories on the Move: Inter-Intra’s Experiences of Community Art Education and Migration      

Room B

10:25-11:35 Stories in Motion

Chaired by Tanya Steinberg | MA Student, History, Concordia University  

Emma Haraké | MA Student, Art Education, Concordia University Arabic-Speaking Objects  

Leona Siaw | MA Student, Geography, Concordia University Seam Stress: A Graphic Novel about Garment Work and Struggle

Marina Miller | MA Student, Art Education, Concordia University

Memory, Mobility and Methodology: Exploring Social Change in Montreal’s Boroughs through Oral History and Google Mapping

11:35-12:00 Break 12:00-13:00 Keynote

Amanda Chalupa | PhD Candidate, Social and Transcultural Psychiatry, McGill University Bridging memories, stories, and responsibilities, or How I became a “Polish African”


13:00-14:00 Catered lunch | Afternoon

14:00-14:10 Award for Excellence in Oral History

14:10-15:20 Notes from the Field – Reflections on Self and Place

Chaired by Myriam Gerber | PhD Student, History, Concordia University

Isabel Macdonald | PhD Candidate, Communication Studies, Concordia University Picturing Aid in Haiti: Reflections on the Production of a Work of Graphic Reportage

Anna Tyshkov | BA Honours, Anthropology, and Gender, Sexuality, Feminist, and Social Justice Studies, McGill University

Mapping Popular Memory in Palestine: Stories from the Intifada       

Amina Jalabi | MA student, Art Education, Concordia

Documentary Animation as a Tool to Represent Difficult Knowledge and Curate it in Public Spaces: Transforming Empathy Into Action    

15:20-15:35 Break          

15:35-16:50 Listening for Change – Oral History & Activism

Chaired by Dr. Nadia Hausfather | PhD Humanities, Concordia University

Devi Lockwood | BA Honours, Folklore and Mythology, Harvard University

Memories that Move: How 1,001 Stories on Climate Change can Shift Our Conversation about Environmentalism

Cassandra Marsillo | MA Student, Public History, Carleton University Nathalie Picard | MA Student, Public History, Carleton University

Brianna Spiess | MA Student, Public History, Carleton University Tapping into the Maple Spring: Reflections on an Oral History Podcast       

Jason Davis | PhD student, Music, McGill University Exploring Climate Change: Oral History Through Music                     

16:50-17:00 Closing remarks

P R E S E N T E R   B I O G R A P H I E S

Dona Leigh Schofield

Dona Leigh Schofield is currently a Master student in history at Concordia University under the supervision of Dr. Karl Hele from the First Peoples Studies department. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in June 2016. Her area of study includes the imposition of Euro-Canadian law on First Nations in Canada between the mid-19th and early 20th centuries. In her thesis, she will focus on a specific judicial district in Quebec to analyze how the colonization of Aboriginal peoples was upheld through the court system. Drawing on an extensive body of both primary and secondary sources, including court cases and pieces of legislation, she hopes to gain a better understanding of how the law was used to control Indigenous peoples.   

Sophie Mailly

Étudiante en deuxième année de maîtrise en histoire à l’Université de Montréal, Sophie Mailly s’intéresse au lien entre la mémoire et le territoire au Guatemala. Son mémoire porte plus précisément sur la façon dont est mobilisée la mémoire historique dans la lutte pour la défense du territoire, en comprenant le territoire est un espace historique de pouvoir et de violence. Elle se penchera sur les récits historiques formulés sur le conflit armé interne et le passé plus lointain chez des communautés affectées par l’arrivée de projets extractifs au Guatemala. Détentrice de la bourse de maîtrise du CRSH, elle souhaite mettre de l’avant la perspective des communautés mayas qui ont été touchées autant par la violence du conflit armé que par la violence post-conflit en lien aux enjeux territoriaux.           

Sonia Dhaliwal         

Sonia Dhaliwal has an undergraduate degree in History from the University of Waterloo and a MA in Information Studies from McGill University. She is currently an MA student in Concordia’s Department of History, working under the supervision of Dr. Lorenzkowski. Her thesis will explore the identity formation of children, with a particular focus on the children of immigrant parents. In the future, she hopes to use her knowledge in history and archival skills to help document and preserve records of minorities in Canada in community archives.

Eleni Polychronakos 

Eleni Polychronakos is a PhD student in the Humanities Department at Concordia University. Her interdisciplinary research-creation project combines Oral History, Creative Writing and Literary Criticism, and centres on the life stories of women who came of age during salient events in twentieth-century Greek History, and who immigrated to Montreal as adults. For her dissertation, she will conduct oral history interviews in order to write a book of short stories based on their lives. Eleni holds a Masters in Journalism and a Masters in Literature. From 2011 to 2015, she was an editor with Room Magazine, Canada’s oldest feminist literary journal. As a freelance journalist, she has written for magazines in Canada and Japan, and produced radio programs. Her fiction has been shortlisted in contests by the Malahat Review and Walrus Magazine. Her short stories and poetry appear in The New Quarterly, The Puritan, Joyland, Plenitude, and Filling Station.

Chloé Houde              

Chloé Houde graduated from Dawson College in 2015 from the Liberal Arts program with an interest in pursuing her studies in history. She is currently an undergraduate student at Concordia University studying in the Honours Public History program. Chloé was published for the first time in the Winter 2018 publication of Quebec Heritage News with an article about Little Burgundy’s Negro Community Center’s Young Mother’s Program. She has an interest in conducting research with archives and oral history. In the future, she hopes to work in the field of museums and heritage.         

Lea Kabiljo

Lea Kabiljo is currently in the second year of doctoral studies at the Art education department at Concordia University. She obtained her Bachelors and Master degrees from the same department. Prior to returning to Concordia to pursue her PhD, she worked as high school teacher and was the executive director of LOVE, a non-profit organization in violence prevention for youth. Lea’s current research is situated in Ecuador, where she is developing a multi-media methodology that combines oral history and photography.       

Virginie Desgroseilliers                         

Virginie Desgroseilliers completed her undergraduate in history at McGill University in 2016. Although she had initially planned on pursuing a Master’s Degree in History with an emphasis on German history, she changed her mind in the last year of her undergraduate when she was exposed to colonial North American history. Her research focuses on indigenous-settler relations and the material culture, which arose from interactions and hybridization. She is currently completing the first year of her master’s degree in history under the supervision of Dr. Gavin Taylor at Concordia University.   

Colleen Leonard    

Colleen Leonard is a visual artist working with alternative photographic processes and the exploration of material agency. Born in Saskatchewan, she holds a BFA from the University of Saskatchewan (1995) in Theatre and a BFA in Photography (2009) from L’Université de Paris VIII. Currently a first-year Masters student in Art Education, Concordia University, she has exhibited in Canada, the US, and France.

Arianna Garcia-Fialdini

Born in Mexico City in 1983, Arianna Garcia-Fialdini graduated from her BFA degree at Concordia University in 2005 in Painting and Drawing. She completed her second BFA in Art Education at Concordia in 2010. Her MFA studies specialized in painting at the Burren College of Art graduating in 2012, with funding from the Michael Green Scholarship 2010-2012, in affiliation with the National University of Ireland Galway. As of September 2016, she became a PhD Candidate in the Art Education department at Concordia University. She has exhibited in Mexico, Canada, UK, the US and Ireland. 

Emma Haraké         

Emma Haraké is a visual artist and educator who holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Lebanese University. She is currently pursuing her MA in Art Education at Concordia University. Her research builds on her work as an artist and educator in community settings. She is interested in autobiographical and arts-based inquiries, memory work, storytelling and oral history. She has been active in the cultural field in Lebanon and Montreal as a coordinator, organizer, researcher and an exhibiting artist.

Leona Siaw   

Leona Siaw is a master’s student in the Geography Department at Concordia University. She grew up all over the world due to whimsical parents, and is only now figuring out how to be Canadian. Though her background is in Chinese language, quantitative analysis, and professional cooking, her interests and research fall at the junction between economic and environmental justice.

Marina Miller

Marina Miller, a recent graduate of the University of Manchester’s Masters in Visual Anthropology program, is passionate about the exploration of collective memory and social change through audiovisual material. Her dissertation – a multimedia exploration of the gastronomic gentrification of Montreal’s Saint Henri neighbourhood – has served as a jumping off point for her ongoing and future research on social change, oral history, and Google mapping. In addition to her individual projects, Marina is beginning an oral history fellowship at the Museum of Jewish Montreal this spring.

Isabel Macdonald

Isabel Macdonald is a PhD candidate in Communication Studies at Concordia University whose research focuses on the social, political and ethical implications new and emerging forms of journalism. In addition to her academic work, which has been published in various academic books and journals including Race & Class, Journalism Studies and the Canadian Journal of Communication, she also writes and produces multi-media investigative journalism pieces for publications such as The Nation Magazine, The Guardian and Colorlines, and her work has also been featured on Al Jazeera, the BBC, Good Morning America and Democracy Now!

Anna Tyshkov

Anna Tyshkov graduated from McGill University with a Joint Honors degree in Anthropology, and Gender, Sexuality, Feminist, and Social Justice Studies. Her honors thesis project documented memories of a popular resistance movement in Palestine called the first Intifada. Her research examines oral history, gendered nationalisms, and political cultures of internally-displaced Palestinian refugees, particularly regarding the right of return. Anna is currently working on a comparative ethnography of the three refugee camps (Aida, Dheisheh, and Azza) in the city of Bethlehem. She is also developing a collaborative project with children at Lajee Cultural Center in Aida camp. As a scholar and activist, Anna has been involved in Palestine solidarity work and she co-founded the McGill students chapter of Independent Jewish Voices. She has spoken on CBC, CKUT, and participates in Jewish community-building in both Montreal and New York.

Amina Jalabi              

Amina Jalabi holds a bachelor's degree in Fine Arts, Major in Film Animation. She also has a diploma in both graphic design and digital photography. Amina is currently completing a Master's degree in Art Education at Concordia University in Montreal. She works as a freelance photographer. She was worked as an art educator for the Child- Friendly Space team, a Montreal City Mission project to help Syrian refugee children integrate into Canadian society. Her main fields of interest and focus are arts and its effects on children’s academic and social performances. She is the founder of Flash Forward Photovoice project, a participatory photography project with Syrian youth refugees.

Devi Lockwood             

COHDS affiliate Devi Lockwood is a poet / touring cyclist / storyteller traveling the world (mostly by bicycle) to record 1,001 stories on water & climate change. In the last four years she has collected over 750 stories in the USA, Fiji, Tuvalu, New Zealand, Australia, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Qatar, Morocco, the U.K., Canada, China, Denmark, Sweden, and Norway. She is working to create a map on a website where you can click on a point and listen to a story someone has told her from that place, and will be launching a podcast (along with artistic / environmental education collaborations) in 2018. Devi's writing has been published in The New York Times, The Guardian, and elsewhere. In May 2014, Devi graduated Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude from Harvard University where she studied Folklore & Mythology. She loves places where rivers meet the sea.                        

Brianna Spiess

Brianna Spiess is a first year MA Student in History at Carleton University. She had no direct relation to the Maple Spring as she was attending the University of Lethbridge in her home province of Alberta at the time. She has and continues to work with oral history in her undergraduate and present research but this is her first time producing a podcast.

Cassandra Marsillo

Cassandra Marsillo is in the first year of her MA in Public History at Carleton University. At the time of the Maple Spring, she was studying Fine Arts at Concordia University, where she also completed her BA in Honours Public History. She is currently working on an oral history of Italian immigrants and their children in Montreal, post WWII. This is her first podcast.          

Nathalie Picard                     

Nathalie Picard is a first year MA Student studying Public History at Carleton University. She witnessed the Maple Spring first hand while studying History at McGill University. After graduating, she spent three years teaching in Japan before returning to Canada to continue her studies. She’s a first time oral history producer, long time podcast consumer.

Jason Davis                     

Jason Davis is the director of Climate Stories Project, an educational and artistic forum for sharing stories about personal and community responses to climate change. Jason is an accomplished environmental educator and musician, and is currently a doctoral student in music at McGill University in Montreal researching techniques for incorporating recorded narratives of environmental change with composed and improvised music.


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