Based at Concordia University, the Life Stories of Montrealers Displaced by War, Genocide, and other Human Rights Violations (Montréal Life Stories), is a community-university research alliance which involves a team of more than 150 people and 18 partner organizations.
On March 18, American Fulbright student Jenny Montgomery put on a bilingual play called Uprooted/Déraciné at La Balustrade du Monument-National à Montréal. Created from interviews with refugees, Québécois, and people “in between,” Uprooted/Déraciné explores themes of cultural belonging, identity, and concepts of “home”. The objective of this five-year long project has been to collect and disseminate the interviews of 500 persons who have found a new home in Montreal.
To pay tribute to these interviews, Montreal Life Stories organized Rencontres, which took place at various locations throughout the city of Montreal during the month of March. Rencontres included an international academic conference, a press conference, exhibitions, a multimedia installation, round table discussions, various artistic displays and performances and workshops.
Visit Jenny’s Podcast. It has excerpts from the reading as well as interviews with the audience and the cast.