Concordia University

Sébastien Caquard, PhD

Associate Professor & Graduate Program Director (MENV), Geography, Planning and Environment

Office: S-H 1255-31 
Henry F. Hall Building,
1455 De Maisonneuve Blvd. W.
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 2052

Sébastien Caquard is an associate professor in the department of Geography, Planning and Environment at Concordia University (Montréal) and the graduate program director of the Master of Environmental Assessment. His research lies at the intersection between mapping, technologies and the humanities. In his current research, he seeks to explore how maps can help to better understand the complex relationships that exist between places and narratives. This research involves the mapping of a range of fictional and real stories, which include cinematographic ones, as well as stories from refugees and from indigenous people. As the director of the Geomedia lab, he has led the development of an online narrative mapping application (Atlascine), and he is involved in a variety of exciting projects that require alternative ways of thinking cartographically ( He is also the chair of the Commission on“Art and Cartography” of the International Cartographic Association (ICA) and a member of the board of the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling.

Teaching activities

Graduate Student Supervision (last 6 years)

The students and their projects are presented on the web site of the Geomedia Lab

GEOG 466 - Geomedia and the Geoweb
HENV 615 / 805 - Research Proposal Seminar
ENVS 664 - Field course in EA
ENVS 653 - GIS for Environmental Impact Assessment
ENVS 601 - Environmental Impact Assessment
GEOG 363 / URBS 335 - Geographic Information Systems

Research activities

Currently Funded Projects

  1. Enhancing Atlascine Mapping Platform, CANARIE Research Software Program (applicant) (2018-2020)
  2. MappingBack / Counter-Mapping Resource Conflicts on Indigenous Territories, SSHRC (Connection) CICADA (co-applicant) (2017-2020)
  3. “Des récits à la carte: méthodologies, technologies et approches sensibles pour cartographier des récits de vie de réfugiés rwandais”, SSHRC (Savoir) (Principal investigator) (2016-2021)
  4. “Living Archives of Rwandan Exiles and Survivors in Canada”, SSHRC (Partnership) (PI:Steven High, Concordia University) (Co-applicant) (2016-2020)
  5. "Residential Schools Land Memory Mapping Project" funded by SSHRC (Co-Applicant) (PI: D.R.F. Taylor, Carleton University) (2015-2020)
  6. "Before the Movie Theatre: Local Showmanship Continental Networks, 1895-1907" funded by SSHRC (Co-Applicant (PI: P. Moore, Ryerson university) (2015-2020)

Selected publications (last 6 years)

Participation activities

Selected Presentations & Invited Talks

  1. Caquard S. 2017. Les récits (de vie) comme bases de données géographiques, Atelier Transversal McMo, CNRS Laboratoire Passage, Université de Bordeaux, Nov. 13, 2017 (Invited talk)
  2. Caquard S. and Gonzalés R. 2017. Stories MaPPer: Vers une plateforme de cartographie des récits (de vie), Centre National des Arts et Métiers (CNAM), Paris, Sept. 21, 2017 (Invited talk)
  3. Caquard S., Dimitrovas S., and Shaw E. 2017. Stories as Geographic Database; Turning (Life)Stories into Mappable Units, 28th International Cartographic Conference, Washington D.C, July 6, 2017.
  4. Caquard S. 2017. Mapping (Life / Moving) Stories, Workshop on Moving Stories, Luxembourg, June 17, 2017 (Invited Talk)
  5. Caquard S. Mapping as an Interface for Places & Stories; Examples from the GeomediaLab, Canadian Cartographic Conference, Carleton University, Ottawa, June 1,2017.
  6. Caquard S. 2017. Cartographier les récits de vie : Aspects technologiques, méthodologiques et analytiques. Université de Montréal, Atelier Ethnolab,7 avril 2017 (Invited Talk)
  7. Caquard S., Dimitrovas S. and Shaw E. 2017. Narrative Cartography and the Geoweb: A workshop on online story mapping, Center for Oral history and Digital Storytelling, concordia University, Feb. 10th, 2017 (Invited Talk)
  8. CaquardS., Dimitrovas S. and Shaw E. 2016. Stories as Geographic Database: Methodological and Conceptual challenges in Mapping of Live Stories of Refugees, GIS day, McGill University, Montreal, Nov. 16, 2016 (Invited Talk)
  9. Caquard S. and Thom B. 2016. Indigenous Mapping, CICADA Meeting, Wendake, Quebec, Aug. 30, 2016.
  10. Caquard S. 2016. Discussant for “Seeing indigenous landscapes: tools and approaches from community mapping” organized by C. Desbiens, Conference of the Association of American Geographers (AAG), San Francisco, Mar. 31st2016.
  11. Caquard S., Dimitrovas E. and Shaw E. 2016. Turning Life Stories into Online Maps: Conceptual, Methodological and Technological Challenges, Conference of the Association of American Geographers (AAG), San Francisco, Apr. 1st2016.
  12. Caquard S. 2016. Panelist for “Other cartographies, other geographies, other voices” organized by J. Speake, Conference of the Association of American Geographers (AAG), San Francisco, Apr. 1st 2016.
  13. Caquard S. 2015. Panel member for the public talk “The Power of Community Mapping for Indigenous, Campus and Community Research and Partnerships”, Concordia University, Nov. 5th, 2015
  14. Caquard S. and Dimitrovas S. 2015. Online Mapping of Stories and Journeys, International Conference on Indigenizing Pilgrimage, Concordia University, May 9th,2015.
  15. Caquard S. and Dimitrovas S. 2015. Putting Life Stories onto (Online) Maps, Workshop for the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling, Concordia University, Apr. 15th, 2015.
  16. Caquard S., 2015. Identifying and Mapping Cinematographic Spatial Units, Society for Cinema and Media Studies’ Annual Conference, Montreal, March 25-29, 2015.
  17. Caquard S., Ng-Chan T., Naud D. and Yang M. 2014. Mapping the Cinematographic City, 3rd International EIDOLON Symposium, Quebec City, July 3-4, 2014.
  18. Caquard S. 2014. Cartographier les récits sur Internet : outils, potentialités et limites 82th congrès de l’ACFAS, Montreal, May 12-13, 2014.
  19. Caquard S., and Joliveau T. 2014. Quelle cartographie pour quel récit? 82th congrès de l’ACFAS, Montreal, May 12-13, 2014.
  20. Caquard S. and McGurk T.* 2014. Indigenous cartography: tools and potentials for community-based mapping, INSTEAD meeting, Cree Nation Government,Montreal, June 9th, 2014.
  21. Caquard S., and Joliveau T. 2014. Quelle cartographie pour quel récit? 82th congrès de l’ACFAS, Montreal, May 12-13, 2014.
  22. Caquard S. 2014. A post-representational perspective on cognitive cartography. Conference of the Association of American Geographers (AAG), Tampa, Florida, Feb. 8-12, 2014.
  23. Caquard S. 2014. How Can We Map Stories? A Cybercartographic Application for Narrative Cartography, Workshop given at the Center for Oral History and Digital Storytelling, Concordia University, Montreal, Jan. 24, 2014.

Organization of workshops & Seminars

  1. 2018 - Co-organizer (with Annita Lucchesi, Tom McGurk & Heather Elliott), MappingBack: Designing Alternative Indigenous Maps, Indigenous Mapping Workshop 2018, Montreal, Aug. 20-23, 2018.
  2. 2017 - Co-organizer (with Leah Temper, Daviken Studnicki-Gizbert, Tom McGurk), MappingBack: Indigenous Cartographies of Extractive Conflicts, Concordia University, Montréal, Oct 14-16, 2017.
  3. 2017 - Co-organizer (with Amy Griffin and Alex Kent), Maps and Emotions, Washington DC, July 1-2, 2017. More details about the workshop here
  4. 2017 - Co-organizer (with Stefanie Dimitrovas, Emory Shaw, José Alavez as well as three artists and four storytellers), Mapping my own life story, Concordia University, May 18, 25 and June 9, 2017
  5. 2015 - Co-organizer (with T. Ng-Chan, L. Vaughan, C. Perkins & J. Seemann) Mapping Ephemeralities / Ephemeral cartographies, Rio de Janeiro, Aug. 21-22, 2015. See the workshop program
  6. 2014 - Co-organizer (with Thierry Joliveau) of the colloquy entitled "Cartographier les récits : enjeux méthodologiques et technologiques", 82nd acfas conference, Montreal, May 12-13, 2014. See the colloquy program
  7. 2013 - Co-organizer (with Chris Perkins and Barbara Piatti) of the workshop entitled "Maps and Games", Dresden, Aug. 24th, 2013. See the workshop program
  8. 2012 - Co-organizer(with Barbara Piatti and Anne-Kathrin Weber-Reuschel) of the workshop entitled "Cartography & Narratives", Institute of Cartography and Geoinformation, ETH Zurich (june 11-13, 2012). See the workshop program

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