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Quinquennial Report 2005–2010

Posted by lamacs On February - 18 - 2011


This first five year term of the lab has been devoted to the three philosophic pillars of AMLAC&S: (1) the research and the development of questions linked to identity representations and multicultural societies; (2) a partnership development on the national and international level and (3) training in proximity and providing open minded experiences.

In celebration of five years of operations we have produced a quinquennial report that explores the numerous achievements and future projects that the lab has been involved with.

You can get your own copy of the report in print (email us if you wish to receive a copy), <a href="PDF“ or alternatively view it online.

Curator’s Notebook: Lunchtime Lecture Series

Posted by lamacs On February - 18 - 2011

The Promised Land Project: Why are Americans Interested in African Canadians of the Mid-Nineteenth Century?

We welcome one and all to our lectures — pull up a chair, indulge your mind, speak your piece. The presentation, in French will lasts 30 minutes, and will be followed by a bilingual question-and-answer period.

The Underground Railroad: This presentation stems from a SSHRC-funded project for which Dr. de B’béri is principal investigator. The project is entitled “The Promised Land: The Freedom Experience of Blacks in Chatham and Dawn Settlements”, and focuses on Canada’s “historical amnesia” vis-à-vis the contributions of nineteenth-century black pioneers in Chatham-Kent, Ontario, and the role a multicultural group of blacks, whites, and First Peoples played to end slavery and to fight for civil rights in Canada, the United States and abroad.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011 – 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Cascades Salon, Canadian Museum of Civilization For more information, please contact John Willis: john.willis [at] civilization.ca

About the Conversation Series

Posted by lamacs On February - 18 - 2011

The Conversation Series is a project that focuses on creating a dialogue with filmmakers, researchers, and teachers who examine the world through a cultural perspective. More specifically, the project brings to the surface voices and perspectives that are normally held to the margins of national and cultural grand narratives.

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Rhizomic Practices of cultural and racial identity

Posted by lamacs On February - 18 - 2011

The purpose of this project is to create a comparative study aiming at understanding how racial and cultural identities are articulated in the independent cinemas of Canada, South Africa, and Australia. Given our global contemporary context of new identity practices that are fertile with crisis, we are exploring what can be learned from a study of these specific representations.

The three main objectives of this research are:

  1. to establish a corpus of thirty films from independent cinemas of the multiracial and multicultural countries of Canada, South Africa, and Australia
  2. to gain an understanding of the significant factors representing identity practices of center and peripheral groups within the three target countries. This will be achieved by analyzing the epistemological markers of the films as well as interviewing ten of the filmmakers
  3. to compare historical and ideological foundations represented in these films through their articulations of identity and racial identity practices.

This project is financed by SSHRC from 2007 until 2010.

African and diaspora cultural studies series

Posted by lamacs On February - 18 - 2011

Memory is a slippery concept. When one considers how culture, history, and society overlap and intertwine, memory becomes a complex of the relations between these elements. If we consider the affects of global, transnational, and trans-disciplinary landscapes, add in the various forms of production, distribution, exhibition and consumption, the movement of memory becomes incredibly dynamic and at times, overwhelming.

We can see how this occurs within the redefinition and re-articulation of macro/micro cultural identities and citizenship within, across, and beyond the traditional, canonist conceptions of continent, nation, geopolitical space, and sociocultural identity (ethnicity, race, gender, social class, sexual orientation, etc.).
Thus the main field of study for this book series is the irresistible shifting landscapes of the traditional fields of studies in the humanities and social sciences. Specifically, the African and Diaspora Cultural Studies Series centers around the paradigms and geopolitical locations that are producing, contesting, and reproducing knowledge relevant to African issues and the Black Diaspora. Contact founders: Boulou Ebanda de B’béri (University of Ottawa); Keyan G. Tomaselli (University of KwaZulu Natal) and Handel K. Wright (University of British Columbia) for more detail.
The African and Diasporic Cultural Studies Series (ADCSS) is published by The University of Toronto Press. Contact the Acquisition Editor: Siobhan McMenemy

Indépendance et néocolonialisme en Afrique

Posted by lamacs On February - 16 - 2011

Pierre Ndoumaï
L’Harmattan, 2011

Bilan d’un courant dévastateur

Alors que l’année 2010 est placée sous le signe de la célébration des indépendances des années 60, l’auteur remet en cause la notion même d’indépendance des pays africains en soutenant que le néocolonialisme est aussi dévastateur que le colonialisme pour l’Afrique. Il décrypte le mal endogène et exogène qui fait que l’Afrique est à la traîne des autres continents.

Upcoming Projects

Posted by lamacs On February - 16 - 2011

Comparative Multiculturalism from Transnational & Global Perspectives

Reframing multiculturalism for the 21st century’s realities: An International Symposium
In partnership with Deakin University’s Centre for Citizenship and Globalization (Melbourne, Australia) and AMLAC&S, the symposium will focus on the “challenges” for and “reframing” of multiculturalisms in this century’s global knowledge-economy.

Forthcoming book
Multiculturalism in Indy Cinemas uses the rhizomic research tool to articulate identity as it is represented in independent cinema.

HIV/AIDS Cultural Related Behavioural Change Messages Study

This project will study cellular communication technologies to produce effective-contextualized HIV/AIDS messages in multicultural societies. This pilot project combines cellular communication technologies and virtual sexual and cultural profile in Madagascar to study, produce, implement, and test the most effective means of creating effective and contextualized HIV/AIDS Cultural Related Behavioural Change Messages (HIV/ AIDS-CRBCM) in the context of Africa’s multicultural, multidimensional, and intergenerational reality.

Articulations of memory in cinema

Conference/Workshop
This conference/workshop will focus on an interdisciplinary approach. It is dedicated to the questions of memory in African, diasporic, national, and black cinemas. Representations of memory are linked with the questions of the representations and structures of identity, because they not only shed light on the past but also reflect on actual constructions of the past.

China in Africa today

Archaeology of the articulations and the communicational strategies
This project, conducted by a team of Canadian and African researchers, aims to study the strategies and the communicational articulations used by the Chinese to establish themselves in the everyday life of the African people today. The objective is to understand how people occupy the cultural spaces (political, economical, social, mental, human and geographical) in order to win the affection of African people, but also to understand what the Africans think about it and which part they play in the production of knowledge. This project will produce a new gaze on Chinese-African relationships, their successes, their failures and their understandings.

Pierre Ndoumaï

Posted by lamacs On February - 14 - 2011


Pierre Ndoumaï is doctor in Patristics at the University of Saint-Paul in Canada. He teaches patristics and the history of Christianity at the University of Acadia (Campus of
Montreal). In addition to historical Christianity, his research focuses on African and intercultural studies. He is associated with the Audiovisual media lab for the study of cultures and society (AMLAC&S). He is the author of two books: On ne naît pas noir, on le devient. Les métamorphoses d’une idéologie raciste et esclavagiste, Paris, L’Harmattan, 2007 and Indépendance et néocolonialisme en Afrique. Bilan d’un courant dévastateur. Paris. L’Harmattan. 2011.

Yvette Lubrun

Posted by lamacs On February - 3 - 2011

BA Communication and Sociology

Yvette Lubrun was instrumental in the design and maintenance of the first interation of the lab’s website.

Peter Lamb

Posted by lamacs On February - 3 - 2011

Co-op Student, BA in Communication

During his internship at the Lab, Peter edited many audiovisual documentaries for to the Conversation Series.

Emilie Jabouin

Posted by lamacs On February - 3 - 2011

MA Political Science & Women’s Studies, Research Assistant

Emilie Jabouin conducts research for the lab on memory and the question of gender for the organization of conferences and projects.

Yasmina Djimani

Posted by lamacs On February - 3 - 2011

BA Communication, Research Assistant

Yasmina Djimani is a research assistant in AMLAC&S since May 2010. She conducts bibliographical research for the conference/workshop on memory in cinema.

Miia Rantala

Posted by lamacs On February - 3 - 2011

PhD Student, Guest Academic

Miia Rantala is a PhD student at the University of Lapland (Rovaniemi, Finland) and an associate member of the Doctoral School of Communication Studies in Finland 2010-13. The aim of her multidisciplinary doctoral thesis is to analyze the visual represen- tations of ethnicity and ‘race’ in Finnish primetime TV ads
on commercial channels.

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