Alexandra Martin

martin_a Alexandra holds a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and a Master’s degree in Museology from the Université de Montréal. Interested in community museums and “first voice” museums, she undertook an internship at the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco during her Master’s degree. Under Élise Dubuc’s direction, she led a project on African American museums and examined the notion of cultural auto representation in museum institutions. In 2012, she started a PhD in sociology at the Université de Montréal under Sirma Bilge’s supervision. Her project is concerned with military simulations. More specifically, she’s interested in the construction of false Afghani and Iraqi villages on American military bases. She is addressing dominant discourses on the representation of the enemy in the context of the “war on terror.” Questions of representation are thereby a major component of her research. In parallel, she founded the Karatini Theatre company, a research-creation centre seeking interplay between art and social research. Alexandra joined the TSHIUE-NATUAPAHTETAU-KIGIBIWEWIDON project because she remains interested in relationships between museums and First Nations, in Aboriginal museology as well as in repatriation issues.