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).
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.
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.