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First International Summer Seminar
First International Summer Seminar

At this first meeting, organized by the Centre for Memory and Testimony Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University and jointly organized by the Exile Memorial Museum and Rivesaltes Camp Memorial, the main theme will be “The border of memory. Memory at the border.” The seminar is partially funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Government of Canada.

Moreover, the seminar has been organized in collaboration with Memorial Democràtic of the Government of Catalonia and with the support of the History Research Institute at Girona University, the Walter Benjamin Chair at Girona University, the Centre de recherches historiques sur les sociétés méditerranéennes (CRHISM) at University of Perpignan Via Domitia, the Memory and Society Group at Barcelona University, Argelès-sur-Mer Town Council, Saint-Cyprien Town Council, Girona Provincial Government, Nau Côclea and Gîtes de France.

To participate, please register. The price of registration is €25 (€15 for students and the unemployed).

For information on accommodations please consult the websites of La Jonquera Town Council ( ) and Gîtes de France (

Our very best wishes, and we hope to see you there.

For a complete description of the event and a copy of the program, please see our Events and Conferences page

Guest Lecture – “Finding Diefenbunker: Canadian Nationalism and Cold War Memory”

The Centre for Memory and Testimony Studies is pleased to announce the upcoming guest lecture by Sara Matthews (WLU Department of Global Studies), and Justin Anstett ( MA Candidate at the Balsillie School for International Affairs), joined by respondent Patricia Molloy (WLU Department of Communication Studies): “Finding Diefenbunker: Canadian Nationalism and Cold War Memory” [click to view event poster]

Date: 24 January 2014

Time: 12:30pm – 1:50pm

Location: DAWB 2-106 (Wilfrid Laurier University – Waterloo campus)

Notice of Special Lecture: “Traumatic Memory” – Dr. Boris Cyrulnik

As part of Holocaust Education Week 2013, on Monday November 4th, 11:30 am to 1:00 pm, The Azrieli Foundation, in co-sponsorship with the French Consulate, the Neuberger Holocaust Centre, the University of Toronto Department of Psychiatry, and Mount Sinai Hospital are pleased to invite you to attend a special lecture by Dr. Boris Cyrulnik. Dr. Cyrulnik is a leading psychiatrist in France where he is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of the South, Toulon-Var.

His focus will be on “traumatic memory”. In this lecture, Dr. Cyrulnik will shed light on the neurological, emotional and sociocultural components of traumatic memory, with a specific focus on the Holocaust and psychiatric practice and mental health care.

Full PDF of event description here


For more information, please contact Aurélien Bonin ( )

Location: Reitman Centre, Mount Sinai Hospital, 60 Murray Street, Suite L1-012, Toronto ON
M5T 3L9

WLU Faculty of Music Concert at Noon Series – Penderecki String Quartet performance

Kryzsztof Penderecki
Kryzsztof Penderecki

On Sunday, October 27 for the KW Chamber Music Society and on Thursday, November 7 2013 at 12pm in the Maureen Forrester Recital Hall, Wilfrid Laurier University’s ensemble-in-residence, renowned Penderecki String Quartet will perform Kryzsztof Penderecki’s String Quarter No. 3 as part of a series of concerts celebrating Penderecki’s 80th birthday.

CMTS is pleased to promote these concerts on behalf of CMTS Member Jeremy Bell (WLU Faculty of Music), Violinist in the Penderecki String Quartet

Free Tours of Former Mohawk Institute Residential School

The education department of the Woodland Cultural Centre (Brantford, Ontario) will be hosting free guided tours of the former Mohawk Institute Residential School Building on Saturday October 5, 2013 at 10am, 11am, 1pm and 2pm as well as on Saturday October 26, 2013 at 10am, 11am, 1pm and 2pm.  The guided tours are being offered as a way to raise awareness around the the history of the building and encourage dialogue from the public in regards to the future of the building.  If you have any questions regarding the tours please contact Cheryl at 519-759-2650 ext 230 or at

The Memory Effect: The Remediation of Memory in Literature and Film

The Centre for Memory and Testimony studies is delighted to promote the following:

Wilfrid Laurier University Press is pleased to announce the publication of The Memory Effect: The Remediation of Memory in Literature and Film, edited by Russell J. A. Kilbourn and Eleanor Ty.

The Memory Effect is a collection of essays on the status of memory -individual and collective, cultural and transcultural- in contemporary literature, film, and other visual media. Contributors look at memory’s representation, adaptation, translation, and appropriation, as well as its mediation and remediation. Memory’s irreducibly constructed nature is explored, even as its status is reaffirmed as the basis for both individual and collective identity. For a table of contents click here

2013-2014 Events Schedule now available!

CMTS is pleased to announce that the Fall 2013 – Winter 2014 schedule of events has been finalized.

18 October 2013: debate on the film The Act of Killing by Joshua Oppenheimer and the portrait of perpetrators in documentary films (Milo Sweedler, WLU Languages and Literatures, introduced by Marta Marín-Dòmine)

8 November 2013: “Flash/back: Memory on Film” event for Holocaust Education Week (Marta Marín-Dòmine presenting her 2012 documentary 1930-1942: Mémoire juive du Quartier Marolles-Midi Bruxelles & Russell Kilbourn presenting Alain Renais’ Night and Fog)

24 January 2014: “Finding Diefenbunker: Canadian Nationalism and Cold War Memory” (Sara Matthews, WLU Global Studies, and Justin Anstett, MA Candidate at the Balsillie School for International Affairs; joined by respondent Patricia Molloy)

28 February 2014: “‘I Want to be Seen': Who Gets to Construct Women’s Narratives in Violence Against Women Work?” (Ginette Lafrenière, WLU Faculty of Social Work, Director of WLU Social Innovation Research Group, co-presenting with April Turner, WLU SIRG Project Manager)

20 March 2014: “Power and Violence in the Global World” (guest speaker Pilar Calveiro, Universidad Benemérita de Puebla, México)

Click here for a PDF version of the full schedule (including times and locations)

Coming Soon: Laurier Free Film Series Explores Memory on Film

Wilfrid Laurier University’s Department of English and Film Studies, in partnership with the Centre for Memory and Testimony Studies, the WLU Film Society (a WLU Students’ Union Club), and the WLU Dean of Arts Office, presents its Fall Film Series:

“Flash/back: Memory on Film” (click here for PDF of full description and schedule)

Featuring Marta Marín-Dòmine’s 2012 documentary 1930-1942 Mémoire juive du Quartier Marolles-Midi Bruxelles, followed by Alain Resnais’ Night and Fog presented by Russell Kilbourn on November 8 2013 as part of Holocaust Education Week.