Sébastien Caquard

Sébastien Caquard is an associate professor in the department of Geography, Planning and Environment at Concordia University (Montréal). His research lies at the intersection of mapping, technologies and the humanities. In his current research, he seeks to explore how maps can help to better understand the complex relationships that exist between places and narratives. This research involves the mapping of a range of fictional and real stories, which include cinematographic ones, as well as the life stories of refugees and indigenous peoples. As the director of the Geomedia lab, he has led the development of an online narrative mapping application, and he is involved in a variety of exciting projects that require alternative ways of thinking cartographically. He is also the chair of the Commission on Art and Cartography of the International Cartographic Association (ICA).

Fatemeh Honarmand

Montréal, Québec has the second-largest visible minority population in Canada at 20.3% of its population (or 760,000 people) (Statcan 2011). Despite this, “Quebec visible minorities… have for long been relatively invisible in Quebec film” (Iordanova, Martin-Jones, and Vidal 2010, 132). Outside of what is acknowledged as an “acute lack of representation” in movies (Marx, 2012), the few attempts by directors to portray people of colour in films feed particular discourses and stereotypes of minorities in Québec Cinéma. Through analysis of a selection of Quebec films, I am examining different forms of stereotypes of people of colour. My research will examine ways in which these stereotypes promote common misrepresentations and discourses about this population.

Jose Alavez

José J. Alavez is currently a Ph.D. student in the Department of Geography, Urban and Environmental Studies at Concordia University. He holds a master's degree in Geomatics from CONACYT Research Centre "Ing. Jorge L. Tamayo" and a B.A. in Human Geography from The Metropolitan Autonomous University in Mexico City. His research interests include Everyday Geographies, Spatial Narratives, Deep Mapping, Migration, and Homelessness.

Tom McGurk

My current work is an investigation of on-line mapping (cybercartography) and its use by Indigenous peoples in the Canadian context. More specifically it examines how on-line mapping fits into narratives related to colonialization and counter mapping practices to understand what impact it may have on bridging gaps between Western and Indigenous systems of knowledge. The quantitative aspect of the work is an audit and evaluation of websites related to Indigenous mapping projects framed by the works of scholars of decolonialized methodologies. In addition to the audit my work includes interviews with Indigenous peoples involved in mapping projects, scholars, technicians, and cartographers to explore the qualitative aspects of on-line Indigenous mapping projects.

Stefanie Dimitrovas

Stefanie graduated from Concordia University in 2015 with a BSc in Environmental Science. She is a currently a research assistant for the FRQSC-funded project entitled Pour une cartographie émotionelle de récits de vie, a partnership with the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling. For her honors thesis entitled Nested narratives, from a life story to online mappings, Stefanie conducted a critical analysis of current online story mapping applications using one of the life stories as a case study. This critical analysis is also included in the Mappemonde publication Story Maps & Co. / État de l’art de la cartographie des récits sur Internet, and is meant as a guide for storytellers who want to map their stories in selecting which application to use.

Anja Novkovic

Anja graduated from Simon Fraser University with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Anthropology in 2012. Upon graduation, she focused her energy on storytelling—spoken word poetry performance and personal story collection as an affiliate researcher of the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling. She began her Master of Science in Geography, Urban and Environmental Studies in 2016, with a desire to uncover the intimate construction of public spaces. Her thesis work centres on the collection and exposure of personal stories from three downtown Montreal alleyways through mapping and installation art.

Emory Shaw

Emory finished his BA in Urban Systems at McGill University and has been an active member of the Geomedia Lab throughout his MSc at Concordia University. Emory is interested in people’s geographic imaginaries. Firstly in how they are influenced by personal mobility, social ties and media-exposure and, second, how these spatial imaginaries are performed on social media platforms and through oral narratives. By mapping such communicated imaginaries, he hopes to better understand the plurality of perspectives that shape conceptions of place. His thesis work applies this framework to representations of public spaces in Montreal found on Twitter. Since 2015, he has also been an active contributor to the Geomedia Lab’s ongoing project on mapping migrant oral life stories.

Past Members

Rodolphe Gonzalès

Rodolphe Gonzalès is a postdoctoral fellow at Concordia University’s Department of Geography and Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling (COHDS). After a M.Sc. (Geography, Université de Montréal, 2009) in interactive spatio-temporal visualisation, a Ph.D. (Geography, Université de Montréal, 2016) in network theory, and a postdoctoral fellowship in the same field (University of British Columbia, 2017), his current focus is on developing an online, interactive application to allow the exploration of Rwandan genocide survivors’ life stories. This project builds upon the COHDS’ Stories Matter database as well as Sébastien Caquard’s work on narrative mapping (atlascineproject.wordpress.com), and aims at providing ways to seamlessly interact between multimedia contents and their representations in space and time. Rodolphe also has an interest in visual, interactive media creation, including video game, animation and film-making.

Taien Ng-Chan

Taien Ng-Chan is a multidisciplinary writer, artist and scholar in the Ph.D. in Humanities at Concordia University. Her research investigates everyday city life through cinema, cartography, poetry and documentary, specifically the poetics of mapping and the aesthetics of urban mobility. Taien’s website project, Detours: Poetics of the City, involved collaboration to produce site-specific digital works for interactive artist maps of Montréal, including videos to watch while riding public transit. (See Maps & Media)

Julia Gregory

Mengquian Yang

With the development of the web 2.0, more and more geospatial data are generated via social media. This segment of what is now called “big data” can be used to further study human spatial behaviors and practices. My project aims to explore different ways of extracting geodata from social media in order to contribute to the growing body of literature interested in studying the potential of the geoweb for human geography. More specifically, my project focuses on the potential of social media to study a growing tourism phenomenon: set-jetting. Set-jetting refers to the activity whereby people travel to visit shooting locations that appear in movies. The case study focuses on the Mansfield Reformatory (Ohio, US) which was used as the shooting location for the film Shawshank Redemption (Dir. Frank Darabont, 1994). Through the analysis of georeferenced data mined from Twitter, Flickr, and Tripadvisor, my project presents and discusses the differences and similarities between the use of these three platforms by set-jetters to share and access geodata associated with an alternative tourist destination. It also provides an overview of the spatial movements of the tourists visiting these places at both global and local scales. The spatial movements of these set-jetters is then analyzed to better understand how different social media can be used to track human mobility.

Julian Zschocke

The world is shaped by two things — stories told and the memories they leave behind.
― Vera Nazarian

Julian Zschocke finished his B.A. in media studies at the Philipps University, Marburg in 2014. His thesis focused on transmedia storytelling. While volunteering in Uganda in 2015, he published his first essay on video gaming entitled “New super retro Mario Bros.” in the book Retro Games und Retro-Gaming. Nowadays he is working part-time in as a scriptwriter in a german filmproduction. Zschocke is also currently enrolled in the program ‘M.A. Human Geography: Globalization, media and culture’ at the Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz. As a media geographer his main research interest is examining how fictional content can be able to shape the real world.

Daniel Naud

Daniel Naud is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Research Center on Aging, affiliated to the University of Sherbrooke (Canada), collaborating on the development of the Social Participation Potential Index, aimed at improving health and quality of life of the aging populations. Daniel Naud completed a PhD in cultural geography at the University of Montreal, Canada. He taught Geographic Information Systems and Quantitative Research Methods at Concordia University, Montreal.

Daniel Melo Ribeiro

PhD Student in Communication and Semiotics (PUC-SP). MSc in Digital Design (PUC-SP), PGDip in Information Management (UFMG) and BSc in Communications (UFMG). Member of the Peirce’s Studies International Center (CIEP/PUC-SP). Academic visitor at Geomedia Lab at Concordia University in Montréal/CA. Professional experience in knowledge management, interface design, information architecture and usability. Research interests: data visualization, information design, semiotics and cartography. Find him @danielmelo, his website and on Academia.edu

Mo Wang

Mo Wang did her Bachelor's at Sun Yat-sen University, China, and is pursuing her Master’s degree at Concordia University. Her academic interest aims to relate VGI with public health with a specific focus on studying the potential in tracking the spread of epidemic disease by using location names mentioned in the social media. In this way, she is focusing on the corelationship between Twitter place names and the Zika virus outbreak. She is also interested in geoparsing technologies.

Julia Mia Stirnemann

Julia Mia is freethinking and not bound to any specific location. The world is upside down, angles are challenged and the status quo is questioned. Main point of interest are worldmaps and worldviews. This research into world maps is being conducted in collaboration with various universities and across different disciplines. Current research includes running a research project and engaging in the scholarly discourse by publishing articles in specialist journals and by participating in conferences. It is in this context that software for generating unconventional world maps was created (WorldMapGenerator.com). After much thinking and inventing, Julia Mia passed her doctoral exams in 2016.