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Stories Beyond Borders: Mapping the Imaginative Spaces of Movement and Migration

Date & time
Tuesday, April 2, 2024
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Registration is closed


Stéphane Martelly, Maricia Fischer-Souan, Kelly Norah Drukker


This event is free


J.W. McConnell Building
1400 De Maisonneuve Blvd. W.
Room LB 1019

Wheel chair accessible


In this panel presentation and discussion, writers and scholars working within the disciplines of oral history, sociology, and creative writing share different approaches to “mapping” stories of movement and migration — from intimate ethnographies to those told within broader communities.

What role does place play in the interview process, and how does it shape the stories that emerge from oral history interviews? What strategies can we use, informed by a range of disciplinary practices, to capture some of the felt dislocations—the distances between “here” and “there”— that emerge from our research? Through conversation and sharing works in progress, this panel explores how places can be (re)imagined through different modes of writing, and how various forms of mapping can serve as useful tools to convey the stories that emerge from places, both present and past.


Stéphane Martelly, Université de Sherbrooke (TBC)

Writer, painter and scholar, Stéphane Martelly was born in Port-au-Prince and now lives in Montreal. Through a profoundly transdisciplinary approach, she confronts theory, critical reflection and art in her work. She has published poetry (La Boîte noire suivi de Départs, 2004) and children’s tales (Couleur de rue, 1999, and L’Homme aux cheveux de fougère, 2002). Her pictorial works are showcased in the digital art book Folie passée à la chaux vive (Madness spent in quicklime) (, 2010).

Her scholarly work notably includes working in the Montreal-based Life Stories Of Montrealers Displaced By War, Genocide And Other Human Rights Violations as a researcher and coordinator. She also wrote a monograph on Haitian poet Magloire-Saint-Aude (Le Sujet opaque, 2001) and several articles on Caribbean literature. Her latest essay in research-creation is: Les Jeux du dissemblable. Folie, marge et féminin en littérature haïtienne contemporaine, Nota Bene, 2016. Her recent publications are La Maman qui s’absentait (Vents d’Ailleurs, 2011), Inventaires (Triptyque, 2016) and L’enfant gazelle (Remue-Ménage, 2018).

Maricia Fischer-Souan

Maricia Fischer-Souan is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Global Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for Research on Social Inequalities at Sciences Po Paris (October 2021-2024) and affiliated with the Centre d’études et de recherches internationales (CÉRIUM), Université de Montréal. Her postdoctoral research project, “IM.MAGINE – Mapping Immigrant Imaginations: Comparing North Africans in Montréal and Marseille”, examines representations of and relationships with space and place in migrant identity construction.

She has a PhD in Social Sciences (2020) from the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. Her dissertation “Becoming a Migrant in Europe: Accounts of Motive, Meaning, and Identity Formation” studied various processes of mobile subjectivity among both postcolonial migrants and European Union ‘free-movers’ in Berlin, London, Paris, and Madrid. As part of her current IM.MAGINE project, she is exploring lyrical and imaginative approaches to ‘everyday’ migration narratives, both methodologically and thematically and is working on a book manuscript that charts the use of figurative language in both individual and public migration narratives. Her most recent research article, “Belonging to the Nation, Belonging to Europe? Varieties of Particularism and Universalism in Migrant Identity Negotiation” is published in the Journal of Contemporary European Studies (2024).

Kelly Norah Drukker

Kelly Norah Drukker is a poet, nonfiction writer, and doctoral candidate in Concordia University’s Humanities PhD program. As a research-creation scholar working at the intersection of creative writing, oral history, space and place, and memory studies, she has presented her projects at Concordia University, Rutgers University, the University of Ulster, the University of Jyväskylä, and Sydney Catholic University.

Kelly’s first collection of poems, Small Fires, was awarded the A.M. Klein Prize for Poetry and the Concordia University First Book Prize, and was a finalist for the Grand prix du livre de Montréal (2016). Her poetry and creative nonfiction have appeared in journals in Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, and Australia. Petits feux, the French-language translation of Small Fires by Lori Saint-Martin and Paul Gagné, was published by Le lézard amoureux in 2018. Kelly’s doctoral Project, “Naming the Traces: (Re)Constructing an Irish-Canadian Family Narrative of Emigration, Place-Making, and Return,” has received the support of a Faculty of Arts and Science Graduate Fellowship, a Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Scholarship, a United Irish Societies of Montreal Scholarship, a School of Canadian Irish Studies Bursary, and a Fr. Thomas Daniel McEntee Graduate Scholarship. She continues to live, write, and teach creative writing workshops in Montreal.


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COHDS/ALLAB is located on unceded Kanien’kehá:ka territory, in Tiohtiá:ke/Montreal.

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