Master’s in History at Concordia University

Bryan James Gordon is working on an oral history of hoarding, aiming to depict hoarding as a response to social pressures predicated by increasing inequality in the United States, coupled with a consumer-driven urge to accumulate. Coupled with this, he is interested in family stories, the refractive, illusive nature of memory, and the use of objects such as souvenirs and photo albums as symbolic repositories of nostalgia and collective memory. His work draws a sharp contrast between such reflective consumer habits with a reactionary accumulation of capital and power.