Welcome back, CEREV friends! I had a wonderful sabbatical, full of the always surprising and thought provoking challenges of public scholarship and curating difficult knowledge.

My June 2013 exhibit Souvenir, Talisman Toy in the Seweryn Udziela Ethnographic Museum in Krakow, Poland was a fascinating experience. Part of this was navigating the institutional politics of bringing “critical museology” to an historic, East European national museum, contributing to their growing pains (and experiencing some of my own) as they “Europeanize” and “globalize.” And part of it was the success of the exhibit itself. This, along with its short run (less than 3 weeks), pushed me to spend much of the year creating a bilingual catalog based on the exhibit, as well as a website, so that the materials could have an ongoing life and be used for pedagogical purposes in Poland and abroad.

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CEREV and les études supérieures en muséologie à l’Université du Québec à Montréal are proud to co-present

Collaboration, Conversation and Reconciliation:
Learning how to address the uneasy conversation between indigenous Australians and settler society

A presentation by
Dr. Andrea Witcomb
(Deakin University)





September 24, 2014

3 – 4:30 PM
Room M-9550
Université du Québec à Montréal (UQÀM)
1001 Boulevard de Maisonneuve E.
Montréal, QC

This paper will take a number of case studies from a large research project funded by the Australian Research Council on the Australian collecting sector and its engagement with cultural diversity to argue that Australian museums, from across the sector, have developed a strong curatorial practice in which Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander people are no longer represented as a precursor to Australian history but as integral to the way in which we understand ourselves as a post-settler society.

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Launch of Lucky Jews: Poland’s Jewish Figurines and Discussion
October 16, 2014
7 – 9 PM
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly
211 Bernard Ave. Ouest
Montréal, QC H2T 2K5
Facebook event

Please join us to celebrate the publication of our director’s new volume Lucky Jews: Poland’s Jewish Figurines for an evening of film and discussion about a unique aspect of Poland’s current fascination with Jewish culture.

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Collaboration – Exhibition – Research
June 22-27, 2014
CEREV Exhibition Lab
Room LB-671.00
J.W. McConnell Library Building, Concordia University
1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd W.
Montreal, QC, Canada H3G 1M8

CEREV is pleased to host a work group as part of the Hemispheric Institute’s 2014 Encuentro, MANIFEST! Choreographing Social Movements in the Americas. The week-long session in our Exhibition Lab is convened by Monica Patterson, our Banting Postdoctoral Fellow.

Click through to visit the work group’s mini-page.

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To the CEREV community,

As my time as Acting Director ends, I want to take a moment to reflect on the rich and productive last year, as well as tell you about where CEREV is heading.

A highlight of the year was developing participatory and practice oriented workshops. These included a session on food and exhibition with performance artist Basil AlZeri and a day-long workshop on criminalization of HIV in Canada, in which a collective of community activists and academics created a multi-pronged public art educational campaign. We saw the potential of using new and old media in the CEREV lab in the service of public culture. In response to our local political climate, I was especially pleased to welcome anthropologist Andréanne Pâquet who presented her advocacy oriented exhibitionary work involving photographic portraits of Muslim women.

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