Loss: A Symposium

9-10 May 2019


Ballroom Thomson House, 3650 McTavish Street

 McGill University, Montreal

9 May 2019


9:00                             Registration / Coffee

9:30 – 9:45                  Opening Remarks


9:45 – 11:45               What is Loss?


Chaired by Anh Ngo, Wilfrid Laurier University


Laura Ishiguro, UBC

“Layered losses, Easy narratives: Delving Into Loss”


Jelena Golubovic, Simon Fraser

 “Narratives of Serb Women Who Left Sarajevo after the Siege”


Margaret Noodin, UW – Milwaukee

“Wanitoon ani Mikan: Concepts of Loss in Anishinaabemowin”


Mohamed Sesay and Megan Bradley, McGill

“Narrating loss across disaster, epidemic and war in Sierra Leone”


11:45 – 1:00                Lunch Break


1:00 – 3:00                What Causes Loss?

Chaired by Peter Nyers, McMaster



Evyn Lê Espiritu, College of the Holy Cross

“Negotiating Refugee and Indigenous Loss in Bich Minh Nguyen’s Pioneer Girl”


Jennifer Stinson, Saginaw Valley State

 “Freedom, Migration and Loss for Antebellum African American Families”


David Tough, Trent University

“Declension and Trauma in Oral Histories of Deindustrial Ontario”


3:00 – 3:30                  Break


3:30 – 5:00                  Roundtable on Loss, Art and Intimacy


Chaired by Diana Allan, McGill University


Vicky Boldo, Concordia University

“Healing, wholeness, claiming birthright and recovery from loss”


Angie Arsenault, Concordia University

“Gloomy Sunday”


Kesso Saulnier, UQAM

“Re-Creating Memory: Strategies of Métissage”


Zeina Ismail Allouche, Concordia University

“A Conversation with Survivor’s Stories”


Lisa Ndejuru, Concordia University

“A Posture or Maybe a Movement”


5:00 - 6:00                  Reception


6:00 – 7:30                 Public Keynote and Q&A


Yến Lê Espiritu University of California


Introduction: Vinh Nguyen, Waterloo

Moderated Discussion: Henry Yu, UBC  



10 May 2019


8:30                            Coffee



9:00 – 10:30                What Remains? (Part I)



Chaired by Thy Phu, Western University


Rachel Lobo, York University

 “Archival remnants: Photographic archives and the erasure of Black history in Canada”


Kaitlin Findlay, Heather Read and Jordan Stanger Ross, Landscapes of Injustice Project

“Remembering the Losses of Japanese Canadians”


Steven High, Concordia University

“The Presence of Loss in the Early Accounts of Montreal Survivors of the 1994 Genocide”


Nicolasa I. Sandoval and Diana Greenwood, Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians                       

“nik’oyi: To Return”



10:30 – 11:00              Break


11:00 – 1:00                What Remains? (Part II)


Chaired by Thy Phu, Western University 


Kelann Currie-Williams, Concordia University

“Life After Demolition: The Absented Presence of Montreal’s Negro Community Centre”


Leyla Vural, Independent Scholar      

“Mourning at New York City’s Potter’s Field”


Angela Kruger, Queen’s University

 “Beyond the loss of Single Room Occupancy hotels in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside”


Stacey Zembrzycki, Dawson College

 “Telling and Not Telling Stories of Loss in Poland Seventy Years After the Holocaust”



1:00 – 2:00                  Lunch


2:00 – 4:00                  What is Beyond Loss?


Chaired by Don Goellnicht, McMaster University


Hank Greenspan, Michigan University         

“Alive in Another Life”


Nadia Jones-Gailani, Central European Univ.

“On Loss and Inherited Memory”


Brittany Luby, Andrea Bradford and Samantha Mehltretter, College of Arts and School of Engineering, University of Guelph

“Defining and Challenging Loss: Community Alliance as a Response to Wild Rice (manomin) Crop Destruction on the Winnipeg River”


Nicole Yakashiro, UBC

“Conjuring ghost towns: Dispossession and the difficulty of settler nostalgia”


4:00 – 5:00                  Reflections

"Alive in Another Life" (Audio Presentation) - Hank Greenspan
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