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Winter Term Soiree


Thursday, January 9, 2014 - 17:00 to 20:00

Join us to celebrate the beginning of the winter term and the launch of a new book! Snacks and drinks will be served.

Book Launch (starting at 5pm)

Remembering Mass Violence

Remembering Mass Violence: Oral History, New Media and Performance (edited by Steven High, Edward Little, and Thi Ry Duong, University of Toronto Press, 2013) breaks new ground in oral history, new media, and performance studies by exploring what is at stake when we attempt to represent war, genocide, and other violations of human rights in a variety of creative works. A model of community-university collaboration, it includes contributions from scholars in a wide range of disciplines, survivors of mass violence, and performers and artists who have created works based on these events.

This anthology is global in focus, with essays on Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and North America. At its core is a productive tension between public and private memory, a dialogue between autobiography and biography, and between individual experience and societal transformation. Remembering Mass Violence will appeal to oral historians, digital practitioners and performance-based artists around the world, as well researchers and activists involved in human rights research, migration studies, and genocide studies.

The Montreal-area contributors include Thi Ry Duong, Ted Little, Steven High, Sandeep Bhagwati, Nisha Sajnani, Warren Linds, Alan Wong, Lisa Ndejuru, Hourig Attarian, Rachel  Van Fossen, Reisa Levine, Megan Webster, Noelia Gravotta, Michele Luchs, Liz Miller, Yolande Cohen, Athanasie Mukarwego,  Emmanuel Habimana, Carole Vacher, Berthe Kayitesi, Callixte Kabayiza, and Jaswant Guzder.


Film Screening (starting at 6pm)

All I Remember

By Liz Miller

Short documentary film, 26 minutes, English with French subtitles

All I Remember follows Leontine, a young survivor of the Rwandan genocide, as she takes her story public for the first time. Leontine was only six years old when she lost her family to the Rwandan genocide and in her twenty’s when she felt ready to use her experiences to build understanding about what it means to be a refugee in Montreal. Over a three-year period, Leontine along with Ayanda and Stephanie of the Mapping Memories participatory media project, tour schools in the Montreal area and grapple with the complexity of addressing genocide and human rights with high school students. This short film explores questions regarding history, memory and the complexity of addressing genocide and human rights with high school students.


Un pays de silences

By filmmaker Paul Tom

Short documentary film, 22 minutes, French with English subtitles.

“I was born in a refugee camp in Thailand and arrived in Montreal at the age of one with my parents. In August 2010, I went to Cambodia for the first time, the country where my father hasn’t returned in 30 years. Everybody told me that it would change my life, that I was finally going to find answers to all my questions. Things didn’t happen the way we expected them to.”

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