Local Records
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Source: Government of Canada Publications

Tuesday, March 20, 2:30 – 4:30 pm

Speaking of Surveillance: Canadian Communists in the Global Cold War

Elena Razlogova, Associate Professor, History, Concordia University

For this workshop, Elena Razlogova examines the surveillance of Canadian communists from a transnational Cold War perspective and shows how to research the national security state under conditions where government records are often classified and difficult to obtain. She brings her own archive on state surveillance in the US and the USSR to compare with records from Merrily Weisbord’s cache of interviews, court documents, police records, and political publications collected for her book The Strangest Dream: Canadian Communists, the Spy Trials, and the Cold War (Vehicule Press, 1983) and now housed in Concordia University’s Special Collections.

At the Gallery

Local Records is a program that pairs exhibitions with relevant archival holdings in Montreal. Animated by a guest researcher each seminar coordinates encounters and discussions around a selection of primary documents, offering a local lens through which to consider the exhibition and a point of departure for new research.


March 7 – April 21, 2018

Curator: Katrie Chagnon

Jo-Anne Balcaen, Raymond Boisjoly, Moyra Davey, Suzy Lake, Isabelle Pauwels, Krista Belle Stewart and Ian Wallace