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Laurier Centre for Memory and Testimony Studies holds inaugural workshop

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Apr 2/13

Laurier’s newest research centre, the Centre for Memory and Testimony Studies (CMTS), will celebrate its official opening Friday, April 5 with a day-long workshop on “Beckoning.”

Guest speaker David Caron, professor of French and Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan, will discuss his theory of beckoning and the status of memory after September 11.

Caron has written extensively on issues related to memory, the Holocaust, AIDS testimony, queer identity, and queer politics. His research has been supported by grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, among others.

The second part of the workshop will highlight the research, activities, exhibits, and creative projects being undertaken by members of the CMTS, as well as a presentation of future activities organized by the centre.

Participants in this portion of the workshop include Colman Hogan, English, Ryerson University, and Laurier faculty members Kim Anderson, Aboriginal Studies; Ginette Lafrenière, Social Work; Marta Marín-Dòmine, Languages and Literatures; Sharon Marquart, Languages and Literatures, and Kristiina Montero, Education.

The Centre for Memory and Testimony Studies, approved by the Senate in January, is a university-based research centre. The centre’s goal is to become a catalyst for interdisciplinary research among scholars, artists, and community agencies working in the field of memory representation and testimonial studies in the 21st century.  

By studying testimonies and memories from diverse geographical and political contexts, the CMTS seeks to stimulate comparative analyses that explore the forms, modes, and languages through which they take shape in our societies and cultures.

The CMTS is open to faculty, students and staff from Laurier and other universities, as well as to members from public and private agencies, artists, writers, and filmmakers whose work and activities are linked to the field of memory and testimony representations.

The April 5 workshop will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Alumni Hall on Laurier’s Waterloo campus. The workshop is open to all members of the Laurier community, and a light breakfast and lunch will be provided.

For more information and to RSVP for the workshop, please contact Marta Marín-Dòmine, director of the centre, at or visit


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