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Other Sides of the Story 

Other Sides of the Story welcomes students and faculty to discuss and examine historical, technological, and theoretical constructs of the contemporary Indigenous Canadian mediascape. This conference aims to investigate and explore the material, socio-cultural, discursive, and political themes inherent in communication policies and media projects within local, regional, and (inter)national Indigenous contexts.




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December 6, 2017
9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

CJ 1.114

Communication Studies & Journalism Building, 7141 Sherbrooke St W CJ, Montreal, QC H3G 1M8


Free Admission. First come, first served!

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Patricia Branco Cornish

Patricia Cornish is a PhD student in the Department of Communication Studies at Concordia University. Her research interests include alternative media production during the Brazilian dictatorial regime and female video artists in Latin America.

Anna Nguyen

Anna Nguyen is a PhD student in the Communication Studies department at Concordia University. Her research analyzes discourse in automation and democracy, science literature of food, and food reporting and media. She holds an MLA degree in Gastronomy from Boston University and a BA in English Literature and European Studies at the University of Arkansas.

Smriti Bansal

Smriti Bansal is a first-year Masters of Arts student in the Media Studies program. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English and American Literature from New York University in 2016.


Fanny Gravel-Patry is a first-year doctoral student. Her research interests focus on online visual cultures, critical race theory and intersectionality. Her dissertation research, supervised by Yasmin Jiwani, is a comparative analysis of the visual presence of Black Lives Matter and the Syrian refugee crisis on Facebook.

Miriam Saslove

Miriam is a first year MA student in the Media Studies program at Concordia University. She is a recent graduate of the University of Ottawa, with a BA in Communication and Sociology.

Nina Morena

Nina is a first-year MA student in the Media Studies program, based in course work. She graduated from McGill University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Communication Studies.

Tom Hackbarth

Tom is a Masters student of Media Studies at Concordia University. He holds a BA in Studies in Cinema & Media Culture from University of Minnesota. His research interests focus on accessibility of media production and the function of community media organizations.

Shanae Blaquiere

Shanae Blaquiere is a first-year Masters of Arts student in the Media Studies program. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Rhetoric, Writing, & Communications and Religion & Culture from the University of Winnipeg in 2017.


Maize is in the first year of his MA in Media Studies where he plans to complete a Research-Creation thesis on the topic of Indigenous new media, specifically looking at how Indigenous communities are engaging with video games.

Bradley Peppinck

Brad is a first-year Masters of Arts student in the Media Studies program. He holds a BA in Art History and Anthropology from the University of British Columbia. His research investigates the relationship between representations of time and technology.

Special Thanks To:  

Jason Edward Lewis is Full Professor of Design and Computation Arts. He is a digital media artist, poet and software designer. He founded Obx Laboratory for Experimental Media, where he directs research/ creation projects using virtual environments to assist Aboriginal communities in preserving, interpreting and communicating cultural histories, devising new means of creating and reading digital texts, developing systems for creative use of mobile technology. He is the director of the Initiative for Indigenous Futures, a seven-year SSHRC-funded Partnership focused on how Indigenous communities imaging themselves seven generations hence. Lewis co-founded and co-directs the Aboriginal Territories in Cyberspace research network that is investigating how Aboriginal people can participate in the shaping of our digital media future, and co-directs workshop combining traditional stories and game design at the Kahnawake First Nations' high school. He is deeply committed to developing intriguing new forms of expression by working on conceptual, creative and technical levels simultaneously. Lewis' creative work has been featured at the Ars Electronica Center, ISEA, SIGGRAPH, Urban Screens and Mobilefest, among other venues, his writing about new media has been presented at conferences, festivals and exhibitions on four continents and his work with Aboriginal Territories in Cyberspace has won multiple awards.

He received his MPhil from the Royal College of Art for Dynamic Poetry: Introductory Remarks to a New Medium.


MPhil Design (Royal College of Art), B.S. Symbolic Systems (Stanford), B.A. German Studies (Stanford)

Areas of expertise

Digital text, electronic literature, computational typography, Aboriginal new media, critical history of digital media

A Very Special Thanks to Dr. Lorna Roth for her support and much-needed guidance. 

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