Second critical and narrative mapping workshop


3 April 2019

On March the 19th, between 9am and 5pm, the second critical and narrative mapping workshop was organized by TRYMONTREAL. The meeting took place at the INRS, following the previous one which had taken place in Mexico city in March 2018. The objective was to encourage practical exchanges on mapping techniques and to foster inspiration between ongoing TRYSPACES city projects. Fully bilingual, the event began with Ahmad Gharbieh and Dounia Salamé’s (the American University of Beirut’s) keynote : « Refugees as City-Makers : On mapping and Research in co-production ». The idea was both the present results from the research project « Refugees as City-Makers » and to share broader methodological and theoretical considerations on mapping and its uses.

The next presentation was given by Violaine Jolivet (Université de Montréal). The focus was on the ongoing project of « cartographie collaborative avec Instagram et Snapchat » (collaborative mapping with Instagram and Snapchat) conducted with Montréal-Nord youth as part of the broader case study « Pratiques et tactiques dans l’espace public de jeunes nord-montréalais » (practices and tactics in the public space of young montrealers). After lunch, mexicans Francisco Erazo and Karina Lopez, from Cultrans, took over the workshop to deliver the afternoon’s first presentation, « Oasis : Co-producing well-being and creativity in interstitial spaces ». The last presentation was given by Sébastien Caquard (Concordia University), who shared a series of thoughts on his research which involves mapping Rwandan Refugees’ life stories entitled “Methodological, Ethical and Technical Aspects of Mapping Life Stories of Exile”.
Finally, the day ended with an open discussion on the more practical aspects of mapping in the social sciences and geography, its conditions of possibility, its technical constraints and its scientific value.