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TRUCHON, Karoline


Dr. Karoline Truchon is a postdoctoral researcher at the Center for Oral History and Digital Storytelling. Her research interests lie at the intersection of urban and communication anthropology of marginalized people and experts working with them. She works within a critical and theorized applied anthropology paradigm. Her publications have examined the visibilization of human rights, poverty and First Nations’ issues as well as conditions for testimonies, among others.

Mixed Conceptions, Mixed Feelings, Mixed Results? Multi-Voice Audio-Visual Narratives Debating Mixed-Income Housing in Toronto

This post-doctoral project will develop a comprehensive understanding of the ideologies, the impacts and the possible ameliorations of revitalization, redevelopment, and recovery housing policies from the perspectives of different stakeholders involved at various stages of the deployment of two mixed-income housing projects: at the Regent Park in Toronto and at the Iberville complex in New Orleans. This project will focus on the strategies, rhetoric, images and tools that are mobilized to implement, engage, and/or resist to what some call “the hegemony of revitalization” currently taking place in most North American medium-to-large cities and in various parts of the post-industrialized world. Nowadays, several experts from elite groups ranging from politicians, housing authorities directors, researchers, journalists and recognized activists, among others, discuss issues pertaining to mixed-income housing policies and implementations but rarely do we hear residents within the media, public, politic and academic spheres about their concerns and solutions: experts present and interpret the residents’ experiences and how to solve them. Moving from the habitual dichotomized discourses between the pros and cons about mixed-income housing and between the involvement of either the elite-expert members or the residents, this research project wishes to combine all those voices in order to generate a pluralist community dialogue and encourage all stakeholders involved, voluntarily or not, into mixed-housing developments to understand each other’s point of view and, if necessary, as the hypothesis suggests, to find and implement solutions together.

Ethnographic data will mainly be generated by an innovative place-based approach combining collaborative digital storytelling and audiowalk projects. These projects will be disseminated through group activities involving all participating stakeholders in Regent Park (Toronto) and in Iberville (New Orleans) and they will be integrated into an interactive transmedia Web platform – an interactive memoryscapes where people located memories of conceptions, feelings and results of the implementation of mixed-income housing and their perceived structures of power will be represented online via a cartographic interface. This platform will be part of the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling web projects. The production of multi-voice digital storytelling and audiowalk projects will investigate what are the perceptions of ideologies, impacts and possible ameliorations of the mixed-income housing development the different stakeholders involved are going trough in Regent Park and Iberville whereas the dissemination and reception of these narratives through group activities and the transmedia Web platform will facilitate the transition from “hearing” to “listening to” these perceptions with an embodied ways. The online interactive memoryscapes will enable people to listen to located stories at each site as well as permit in-situ work by and for local residents as well as other stakeholders. Interviews with stakeholders will complement this innovative approach and participant observation will be conducted during attendance of events related to digital storytelling and audiowalk projects and the interactive transmedia Web platform as well as other events organized by different stakeholders involved in the deployment of the Iberville and Regent Park revitalization renewal.

Publications, presentations, and other outcomes


Truchon, K., 2016 (sous presse), “Le digital storytelling : outil de visibilisation et reconnaissance, méthode et posture de recherche”, in ‘Reconnaissance et stratégies médiatiques : Pratiques contemporaines d’énonciation et d’exposition’, Anthropologie et Sociétés, 39, 3.


Truchon, K., 2015, “Hybride : un magazine pour les adolescents écrit par des adolescents”, collaborative media Quartier Hochelaga. Accessible: http://www.quartierhochelaga.com/hybride-un-magazine-pour-les-adolescents-ecrit-par-des-adolescents/


Truchon, K., 16 mai 2015, « The anthropologist as a community mobilizer: theorizing audio/visual methods as triggers of engagement ». Congrès annuel de l’Association Canadienne d’Anthropologie (CASCA), 13 au 16 mai 2015, Sainte-Foy, Canada.


Truchon, K., 9 octobre 2015, participante, table ronde « Oral History, Health, and Social Regeneration », Grad Pro Skills, Université Concordia et Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling, Université Concordia, Montréal, Canada.

Loignon, C. et K. Truchon, 25 mai 2015. « Photovoice: the possibilities for dialogues for transformation », congrès national de la Société canadienne d’évaluation (SCÉ), 24 au 27 mai 2015, Montréal, Canada.


Truchon, K. 13 novembre 2015, organisatrice de la table ronde « Storytelling and its Ethics of Production and Dissemination on Web Platforms », Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling, Université Concordia, Montréal, Canada.

Truchon, K. 16 et 17 septembre 2015, organisatrice de la conférence publique/installation vidéo « D’un appartement d’habitat social à un studio d’expressions individuelles et collectives : réfléchir ensemble la vitalité des habitants du Mont-Mesly, France » et de l’atelier « Portraits d’habitant.e.s d’un complexe d’habitations sociales, portrait de l’industrie journalistique en France » par la photographe Louise Oligny, Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling, Université Concordia, Montréal, Canada.

Boudreault-Fournier, A. et K. Truchon, 16 mai 2015. Co-organisatrice de l’atelier : « Creative Landscapes of Knowledges: (Re)Configuring Methods in Anthropological Relationships ». Congrès annuel de l’Association Canadienne d’Anthropologie (CASCA), 13 au 16 mai 2015, Sainte-Foy, Canada.


Réalisatrice de la plateforme numérique Layers of Regent Park. Stories of community transformation mid-way through revitalization (en production/en ligne avril 2016).

Réalisatrice de la plateforme web J_Walks. Discovering “Jane and Finch” one walk at a time (en production/en ligne mai 2016).


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