Lisa Ndejuru

PhD Individualized Study

Project Title: Honoring story: speaking, listening, creating in the aftermath of violence.

Lisa was born in Butare, Rwanda in 1970. Her parents were able to leave the country when she was still an infant and Lisa grew up in Cologne, Germany. Her family moved to Quebec in 1982. Representing Isangano, a Rwandan-youth organization, Lisa was a key member of the Montreal Life Stories Project between 2005 and 2012, which recorded 500 life stories of Montrealers displaced by war, genocide and other human rights abuses. She was active in the project’s Rwandan working group as well as within the Living Histories Ensemble, a playback theatre troupe embedded within the project. She also sat on the project’s coordinating committee. She is currently writing a PhD dissertation on what she learned through her performance-based work in the project. She will elaborate a theoretical basis for a dramatically alternative way to address traumatic memory in communities already doing their best to get on with life in the aftermath of genocide, mass violence and displacement.

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Selected Publications:

HIGH, Steven, Lisa NDEJURU, and Kristen O’HARE. Guest Editors. Special Issue on “Sharing Authority”. Journal of Canadian Studies. 43, 1 (Winter 2009).

SAJNANI, Nisha, Warren LINDS, Lisa NDEJURU, Alan WONG et autres membres du Living Histories Ensemble “The Bridge: Toward Relational Aesthetic Inquiry in the Montreal Life Stories Project”. Canadian Theatre Review, Volume 148, numéro 1, 2011, p.18-24.

SAJNANI, Nisha, Lisa NDEJURU, Warren LINDS et Alan WONG. 2013. Un chapitre (titre à venir) dans Creating together: Participatory, community-based and collaborative arts practices and scholarship across Canada, Diane CONRAD et Anita SINNER (éds.), Wilfrid Laurier University Press , 2013.

SAJNANI, Nisha, Alan WONG et Lisa NDEJURU. “Turning Together: Playback Theatre, Oral History, and Arts-Based Research in the Montreal Life Stories Project”. Remembering Mass Violence: Oral History, New Media and Performance, Steven HIGH, Edward LITTLE and Thi Ry DUONG (éds.), Toronto, University of Toronto Press, 2013.

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