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Photograph taken on the Lachine Canal (Montreal) in October, 2018.

The Concordia University Ethnography Lab was established in 2016 to promote and explore innovative ethnographic research. The Lab gathers ethnographic expertise from across Concordia to foster creative thinking about methodology, to enhance the possibility of research collaboration, and to act as a resource for researchers inside and outside the university who wish to use ethnography to ask questions about the world around them.

My involvement with the lab began in Fall, 2018. I am a contributing member of both the Montreal Waterways research group, where our current research project is looking at the ways in which gentrification and environmental changes are impacting Montreal’s Lachine Canal. I work with a research sub-group that is looking at the changing biodiversity of the canal with a specific focus on fish species and fishing practices. I am a lens-based researcher on this project, working between photography and video to document our findings.

I am also the co-founder of the lab’s Visual Ethnography Group. Myself and my collaborator Alejandra Melian-Morse work together in hosting a series of screenings with follow-up discussion of ethnographic films - these run at the lab on a monthly basis, and are open to the public as well as the Concordia community.

In addition to our screenings, the Visual Ethnography group also runs bi-weekly lens-based skills workshops. These workshops are a chance for us to experiment and engage with visual storytelling from an ethnographic perspective. While the workshops predominantly serve as a resource for students to develop their individual practices as visual storytellers, we also seek to discuss, explore and challenge the role of the camera in our work as ethnographers. 

To learn more about the lab, click here.