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Sébastien Caquard, PhD

Associate Professor, Geography, Planning and Environment
Graduate Program Director (Master of Environmental Assessment), Geography, Planning and Environment
Lead Co-Director, Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling

Sébastien Caquard, PhD
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 lead co-director of the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling. His research lies at the intersection between mapping, technologies and the humanities. In his current work, 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 narratives such as feature films, life stories from refugees and from Indigenous people. As the director of the Geomedia lab, he has led the development of Atlascine, an online mapping application designed to map stories, and he is involved in a variety of innovative projects that require alternative ways of thinking cartographically. He is also a founding member of the MappingBack collective and the former chair of the Commission on “Art and Cartography” of the International Cartographic Association (ICA). As the graduate program director of the Master of Environmental Assessment he is deeply concerned by environmental issues and has been actively involved in implementing a flying less policy in the department of Geography, Planning and Environment.

Research activities

Currently Funded Projects

  1. Enhancing Atlascine Mapping Platform, CANARIE Research Software Program (applicant) (2018-2022)
  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)

Teaching activities

Graduate Student Supervision (last 6 years)

For more details about the students and their projects, check the web site of the Geomedia Lab

- Olmedo E., Post-Doctoral Fellow (SSHRC Banting program) (started in 2019)
- Denieul L., “This land is your land; this land is my land”: Mapping the Resistance to the Keystone XL pipeline (PhD started in 2019)
- Shahamati S., Mapping the Intangible City (PhD started in 2018)
- Parish A., The Flaneur as an alternative geospatial urban database (MSc started in 2018)
- Alavez J., “If I die far from you: Deep mapping postmortem mobilities of exile in Quebec” (PhD started in 2016)

- Novkovic A., Alley Atlas: from non-place to place in six maps (MSc completed in 2019)
- Lavorel M., Post-Doctoral Fellow (Program Horizon from Concordia) (co-supervised with Steven High) (2018-19)
- Honarmand F., Cinema and the Production of Spatial Memories: Fifty Years of Representing1960s Montréal in Québécois Films (MSc completed in 2018)
- McGurk T., Indigenous online Mapping in Canada -Decolonizing or recolonizing forms of spatial expressions? (MSc completed in 2018)
- Gonzales R., Post-Doctoral Fellow (Program Horizon from Concordia) (co-supervised with Steven High) (2017)
- Shaw E. Parsing Perceptions of Place: Locative and Textual Representations of Place Émilie-Gamelin on Twitter (MSc completed in 2017)

- Wang M., Using Social Media to Track and Map Epidemic Disease (MSc completed in July 2017)
- Ng-Chan T., Detouring the Commute (the art and practice of everyday travel), PhD completed in 2016 (Co-supervised with Marielle Nitoslawska)
- Yang M., The Route Towards The Shawshank Redemption: Mapping Set-jetting with Social Media (MSc completed in 2015)

Courses taught

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

Selected publications (last 6 years)

Special Issues

  1. Griffin A. and Caquard S. (Guest eds.) (2018) Maps and Emotions, Cartographic Perspectives 91
  2. Caquard S. and Joliveau T. (Guest eds.) (2016/2017) La mise en carte des récits : outils, pratiques et réflexions, M@ppemonde, 118 & 121
  3. Caquard S., and Cartwright W. (Guest eds.) 2014. Special Issue on Cartography and Narratives, The Cartographic Journal 51(2)

Papers in Refereed Journals

  1. McGurk T. and Caquard S. (2020) To what extent online mapping can be decolonial? A journey throughout Indigenous cartography in Canada, The Canadian Geographer: 1-16
  2. Caquard S. and Griffin A. (2019) Mapping Emotional Cartography, Cartographic Perspectives 91: 4-16 (available here or on demand)
  3. Joliveau T., Noucher M., Couderchet L. and Caquard S. (2018) Enseigner le géoweb à distance par la pratique et la critique, Ingénierie des Systèmes d'Information 5/2017: 11-33.
  4. Caquard S. and Dimitrovas S. (2017) StoryMaps & Co. The state of the art of online narrative cartography, M@ppemonde 121, 1-31 (Available here or on demand)
  5. Caquard S. and Joliveau T. (2016) Penser et activer les relations entre cartes et récits, M@ppemonde 118, 1-7 (Available here or on demand)
  6. Caquard S. (2015) Cartography III: A post-representational perspective on cognitive cartography, Progress in Human Geography 39(2) 225-235 (doi: 10.1177/0309132514527039) (Available here or on demand)
  7. Marcotte D., Hung D.K., Caquard S. (2015) Mapping cumulative impacts on Hong Kong's pink dolphin population, Ocean & Coastal Management 109 (2015) 51-63 (doi:10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2015.02.002) (Available Here or on demand)
  8. Caquard S. and Carwright W. (2014) Narrative Cartography: From Mapping Stories to the Narrative of Maps and Mapping, The Cartographic Journal 51(2) 101-106 (doi: 10.1179/0008704114Z.000000000130) (Available here or on demand)
  9. Caquard S.(2014) Cartography II: Collective Cartographies in the Social Media Era, Progress in Human Geography 38(1) 141–150 (doi: 10.1177/0309132513514005) (Available here or on demand).
  10. Caquard S. and Fiset J.P. (2014). How Can We Map Stories? A Cybercartographic Application for Narrative Cartography, The Journal of Maps 10(1): 18-25 (doi: 10.1080/17445647.2013.847387) (Available here or on demand).

Book chapters & other papers

  1. Caquard S. (2020) Ces liens que tissent les cartes textiles / Textile maps' ties that bind, in K. Vaughan, You Are Here * Vous êtes ici, Montreal: Centre des arts visuels et Galerie McClure, 15-18
  2. Caquard S. (2020) Atlases Online, In A. Kobayashi (Ed.) International Encyclopedia of Human Geography, 2nd edition, Elsevier, 235-241
  3. Caquard S., Shaw E., Alavez J., and Dimitrovas S. (2019) Mapping Memories of Exiles: Combining Conventional and Alternative Cartographic Approaches, in S. de Nardi, H. orange, E. Koskinen-Koivisto, D. Drozdzewski & S. High (eds.), Memoryscape Handbook, Routledge, 52-66
  4. Yang M and Caquard S. (2019) Mapping The Shawshank Redemption: Film Tourism, Geography and Social Media, in A. Escher, C. Lukinbeal and S. Zimmermann (eds), Media's Mapping Impulse, Verlag, 281-300
  5. Valcourt T. and Caquard S. (2019). From Earthrise to Google Earth: The Vanishing of the Vanishing Point, in N. Duxbury, W. F. Garrett-Petts and A. Longley (eds.) Artistic Approaches to Cultural Mapping: Activating Imaginaries and Means of Knowing, Routledge, 278-295.
  6. Caquard S., Lucchesi A., Studnicki-Gizbert D., Temper L. and McGurk T. (2019) Using maps as a weapon to resist extractive industries on Indigenous territories, The Conversation, April 22, 2019 (
  7. Ribeiro D. M. and Caquard S. (2018). Cartography and Art. The Geographic Information Science & Technology Body of Knowledge, J.P. Wilson (ed.) DOI: 10.22224/gistbok/2018.1.4
  8. Caquard S. (2015). "Cinematic Cartography", in Mark Monmonier (ed.) Cartography in the Twentieth Century, Volume Six of The History of Cartography, The University of Chicago Press, 226-227.
  9. Caquard S. (2015). "Cartography & Narrative", in Mark Monmonier (ed.) Cartography in the Twentieth Century, Volume Six of The History of Cartography, The University of Chicago Press, 986-991.
  10. Caquard S., and Naud D. (2014). A Spatial Typology of Cinematographic Narratives. In Taylor D.R.F. and Lauriault T.P. (eds.), Developments in the Theory and Practice of Cybercartography: Applications in Indigenous Mapping (2nd edition), Elsevier, 161-174 (Available here or on demand).

Participation activities

Invited Talks

  1. Mapping Life Stories of Rwandan Refugees in Canada: A Cartographic Reading of Exile, Seminar Series, Vassar College (NY), Nov. 13. 2019
  2. Distorting the Story of Distorting the Map? Research Seminar Morts en Contexte Migratoire (MECMI), UQAM, Montreal, May 2, 2019
  3. Atlascine 40: Methodological and Technological Aspects of Mapping Life Stoires of Exile, @nd Critical and Narrative Mapping Workshop, TRYSPACES, INRS, Montreal, March 19, 2019
  4. Les récits (de vie) comme bases de données géographiques, Atelier Transversal McMo, CNRS Laboratoire Passage, Université de Bordeaux, Nov. 13, 2017
  5. Stories MaPPer: Vers une plateforme de cartographie des récits (de vie), Centre National des Arts et Métiers (CNAM), Paris, Sept. 21, 2017
  6. Mapping (Life / Moving) Stories, Workshop on Moving Stories, Luxembourg, June 17, 2017
  7. Cartographier les récits de vie : Aspects technologiques, méthodologiques et analytiques. Université de Montréal, Atelier Ethnolab,7 avril 2017
  8. Narrative Cartography and the Geoweb: A workshop on online story mapping, Center for Oral history and Digital Storytelling, Concordia University, Feb. 10, 2017
  9. Stories as Geographic Database: Methodological and Conceptual challenges in Mapping of Live Stories of Refugees, GIS day, McGill University, Montreal, Nov. 16, 2016

Organization of workshops & Seminars

  1. MappingBack: Designing Alternative Indigenous Maps, Indigenous Mapping Workshop 2018, Montreal, Aug. 20-23, 2018 (co-organized with Annita Lucchesi, Tom McGurk & Heather Elliott)
  2. MappingBack: Indigenous Cartographies of Extractive Conflicts, Concordia University, Montréal, Oct 14-16, 2017 (co-organized with Leah Temper, Daviken Studnicki-Gizbert, Tom McGurk)
  3. Maps and Emotions, Washington DC, July 1-2, 2017 (co-organized with Amy Griffin and Alex Kent)
  4. Mapping my own life story, Concordia University, May 18, 25 and June 9, 2017 (co-organized with Stefanie Dimitrovas, Emory Shaw, José Alavez as well as three artists and four storytellers)
  5. Community Mapping Summit, Concordia University, Nov. 25-27 (co-organized with Peter Keller, Steven High, Maeve Lydon, Crystal Tremblay and Susan Eden)
  6. Mapping Ephemeralities / Ephemeral cartographies, Rio de Janeiro, Aug. 21-22, 2015 (co-organizer with T. Ng-Chan, L. Vaughan, C. Perkins & J. Seemann)
  7. Cartographier les récits : enjeux méthodologiques et technologiques, 82nd acfas conference, Montreal, May 12-13, 2014 (co-organized with Thierry Joliveau)

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