written by Afsaneh Hojabri

Hello and Happy International Women's Week everyone!

I have been sending out the news of doom and gloom on Iran’s recent uprising and the government’s crackdowns for the past few months. Here is another related news item, albeit of a different nature:

Reflections on a Playback Theatre Performance, by Lynsey Grosfield

“I’m sinking in the quicksand of my thought”

I just completed my first formal activity as an intern for the Montreal Life Stories Project, filming a small-scale “Playback Theatre” event at Concordia University. This was to serve as an introduction to my future work with the Oral History and Performance working group, in which I will be interviewing Montreal artists who utilize their mode of expression to convey their experiences of displacement: either as refugees, immigrants, or survivors of violence or genocide (or possibly all of the above).

Some feedback on our radio piece

The broadcasted version of the “Stories of Iranian-Montrealers about Iran’s post election uprising” radio documentary has been up on the web as of January 2nd, on the Citizenshift website and on our Life Stories Montreal website.

My Bitter-Sweet Radio Experience!

by Afsaneh Hojabri

In her recent blog entry “radio works so far” posted on 12/03/09, Caroline Kunzle provided insightful reflections and raised important points, especially with regards to ethics of representations when it comes to radio production. She made a very important distinction between producing oral history interviews and producing oral history interviews for radio where one has much less control over the final presentation of the story. It is in the light of this valid observation that I would like to reflect on my first and only radio experience.

Radio Works! so far …

I’ve been working on the Radio Works! component of the Life Stories project for a few months now and am finally taking the time to pause and reflect on my experience so far.

Stagiaire au sein du groupe Histoires de vie en éducation - Rapport de Sara Maranda-Gauvin

Stage réalisé du 22 janvier au 27 octobre 2009

*Mon parcours au fil du projet Histoires de vies*

Histoires de vies des Montréalais(es) déplacé(e)s par la guerre, le génocide et autres violations aux droits de la personne est plus qu’un projet universitaire: c’est un projet de société. J’y suis entrée avec beaucoup d’intérêt, de curiosité et de motivation pour apprendre de façon « particip-active ». Rapidement, je me suis rendue compte de l’ampleur de ce regroupement d’acteurs et d’actions qui surpasse l’individu.

Two short updates on Iran

written September 4th, by Afsaneh Hojabri

1)Testimony of an Iranian woman about her recent arrest: “A desire for revenge is the only thing that keeps me alive. Excerpted from The Observers, a French citizen journalism site.

Jun Luo's Internship Report

During the 2009 winter term, I had the opportunity to work as an intern in the project Life Stories of Montrealers Displaced by War, Genocide, and other Human Rights Violations (Montreal Life Stories). My internship began on mid-January and came come to an end on 30th April, 2009, and I was working with the Oral History and Performance (OHP) working group under the supervision of Edward Little, professor and chair in Theatre Department of Concordia University.

Daniel Bromberg's Internship Report

I held very high expectations for the CURA project when I applied for the internship. Even though the Cambodian Working Group (CWG) was my second choice, I was extremely pleased to be accepted into the project and looked forward to working with my new team members. I did not know much about the Cambodian genocide (save an oral presentation by a classmate the previous semester) and knew it was a great way to expand my knowledge and learn more about one of history’s darkest moments.

Iran’s Uprising: Global Citizen Activism and Iranian-Montrealers’ Hunger-Strike

By Afsaneh Hojabri, July 29, 2009
Photographs by: Afsaneh Hojabri, Shahrzad Arshadi, Yasaman Ameri