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A December 6th Political Sound Memorial – Tamara Vukov


25 years later, I will never forget December 6th, 1989, a day that irrevocably changed my life and politics. Each year on this day, I am flooded with remembering of the women whose lives were lost, the survivors, the hundreds of missing and murdered first nations women across the occupied Americas, and the more anonymous forms of violence that too many women are subjected to…

The irony that I have recently become a professor and am now teaching in the same institution, the Université de Montréal, where this happened is not lost on me (though it could have been any other educational institution). Every day on the job, I now notice on a different level and face the very real daily challenges of what it means to try to take up space in such sites of power in a world that I had hoped would have changed a lot more and for the better in these twenty-five years. Every day all the daily erasures and quieter forms of violence that are just as unacceptable now as then…

Every year I revisit this sound piece from the deep archives we did as the Hersay Radio Collective at CKUT in 1993: A December 6th Political Sound Memorial. It captures the impact of that day on many of us, young women living in Montréal and/or deeply affected by the event’s political ramifications (so quickly suppressed) when the shootings happened.

I co-produced this sound piece in 1993 with Minelle D’Souza and Marisa Antonaya (sound engineer: Sarah Toy) for Hersay on CKUT and the NCRA Remembering December 6th compilation which played at community radio stations across the country (it also got some CBC radio play on the morning show Daybreak). I just digitized it off an old cassette tape, & even though the sound has gotten pretty distorted and muddied with time, & even though some of it very much carries the marks of the early ’90s (sometimes embarrassingly so), I think it’s worth a re-listen & I can’t help but return to it today…

Others who were involved or were around for the production of the piece: Penny Pattison, Maneesha Deckha, Katarina Soukup, Katrina Abarcar, and Sarah Toy.

Tamara Vukov is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at l’Université de Montréal, and is a core faculty member in the new bidisciplinary program in Political Communication jointly administered by the Departments of Communication and Political Science at l’U de M. From 2011 to 2012, she was a Visiting Research Professor and a SSHRC postdoctoral scholar at the Center for Mobilities Research and Policy in the Department of Culture and Communication at Drexel University, and was a FQRSC postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Art History and Communication Studies at McGill University from 2008-2010.

Tamara holds a joint PhD in Communication from Concordia University (jointly with the Université de Montréal, and l’Université du Québec à Montréal). Her articles have been published in such journals as the International Journal of Cultural Studies, Social Semiotics, the Canadian Journal of Communication, Public, Recherches Féministes, and Topia. Tamara is also in  post-production on a feature length documentary film following the experiences of workers and refugees under the post-socialist economic transition in Serbia.

Tamara has an ongoing involvement in independent/alternative media, participatory and movement-based research, and arts-based research methods/research creation. She has  produced independent media and media arts (film, video, digital media) individually and as a member of the Volatile Works media arts collective.