“Visual Storytelling and Graphic Art in Genocide and Human Rights Education” awarded SSHRC Partnership Grant

The Public Humanities Hub is a co-applicant on the newly awarded Survivor-Centred Visual Narratives (“Visual Storytelling and Graphic Art in Genocide and Human Rights Education”), a SSHRC Partnership Grant led by Charlotte Schallié, University of Victoria, which will gather and commemorate the experiences of genocide and mass atrocity survivors, including survivors of the Holocaust, as well as from Rwanda, Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq, Syria, and Indigenous genocides in Canada. Building on a SSHRC PDG, “Narrative Art and Visual Storytelling in Holocaust and Human Rights Education”, the expanded project will produce 5 graphic narratives co-created by survivors and artists, as well as a documentary film, traveling exhibitions for museums and galleries, and educational materials.

The project brings together 52 scholars across 16 countries, who will partner with 11 survivors, 13 artists, and 34 museums, schools, human rights groups, and other organizations. The project involves UBC colleagues in Education (co-director Andrea Webb, co-applicant Shannon Leddy, and collaborators Cash Ahenakew, Vanessa Andreotti, and George Belliveau) and in Arts (co-applicants Mary Chapman, Peter Klein, Elizabeth Shaffer, Dallas Hunt, and Shelly Rosenblum and collaborator Biz Nijdam).

Learn more about this project through an interview with PI Charlotte Schallié. See also the recent PDG-funded collection of graphic narratives, BUT I LIVE: THREE STORIES OF CHILD SURVIVORS OF THE HOLOCAUST, which was published with University of Toronto Press in May 2022.

Illustrated profiles of human faces in a gradient of blue hues enclosed in a circle, representing the University of Victoria's Survivor-Centred Visual Narratives project, beside bold text of the 2024 webinar mini-series title, "Art and Testimony"

Co-hosted by the UBC-V Public Humanities Hub and the University of Victoria’s Visual Storytelling and Graphic Art in Genocide and Human Rights Education project.

January 25, 2024 | “Listening, Telling, Showing (and back): The Practice of a Holocaust scholar-teacher-playwright-actor” with Dr. Hank Greenspan and Dr. Charlotte Schallié

March 7, 2024 | “Why Comics?” with Dr. Véronique Sina, Dr. Fransiska Louwagie, and Dr. Elizabeth “Biz” Nijdam

March 20, 2024 | “Drawing Memories – Barbara Yelin in Conversation with Charlotte Schallié