Apocalypse WW1: Free Panels

(90 mins)
Both panel discussions are free events.


Panel: Cinema, War, Commemoration, Memory and the Archive

Saturday, June 14, 7:00 PM

Moderator: Colin Browne, SFU.

Participants: Josette Normandeau, CEO and producer - Idéacom International; Roxanne Panchasi, Associate Professor - Department of History, SFU; Nicolas Kenny, Assistant Professor - Department of History, SFU

Panel: History Now: New Media and the Ever Present Past

Sunday, June 15, 7:00 PM

Moderator: Jeannette Kopak, Centre for Digital Media.

Participants: Josette Normandeau, CEO and producer - Idéacom International; Nik Palmer, Zeros to Heroes


Jeannette Kopak
Associate Director, MDM Program / Director of Operations & Business Development, Centre for Digital Media, Vancouver, BC. Jeannette is a digital media veteran with 16 years of experience at the CBC in roles that ranged from designing and implementing the corporations first local newsroom editorial system to facilitating and spearheading the original CBC.ca website to leading a multi-million dollar, multi-year project to catalogue, restore, digitize and preserve the CBC radio and television archives across Canada. In her current role at the CDM, she is responsible for ensuring the Centre continues to adapt to the needs of the students and digital media community by developing programs and initiating relevant projects and events.

Nik Palmer
After spending 12 years in the console games industry, Nik joined Zeros 2 Heroes in 2012 to work on cutting-edge transmedia projects for television, comics, books, software, analytics, and, of course, games. A long term goal has been to explore ways of getting information, activities, and experiences to new audiences. His interest in the retelling of the story of the WWI through newer forms of media such as Twitter and Google Glass led to the formation of Z2H's Centenary project.

Josette Normandeau
Josette D. Normandeau began her career as a journalist and radio host. She then entered the emerging multimedia world, and set up the New England Audio Multimedia Division in Boston (8 years). Normandeau joined Ideacom in 1994. Thanks to her initiatives, the company became a pioneer in TV/WEB convergence. President of Ideacom since 2000, she heads up the development and international positioning of the ensemble of Ideacom’s productions. In 2010, Normandeau founded Zenith ABC, the software and digital production sister company of Ideacom.

Roxanne Panchasi is an Associate Professor in the Department of History at Simon Fraser University whose research focuses on twentieth-century France. She is the author of Future Tense: The Culture of Anticipation in France between the Wars (Cornell University Press, 2009) and the host of “New Books in French Studies,” a monthly podcast featuring interviews with scholars of France and the Francophone world about their new books.

Nicolas Kenny is a member of the History Department at Simon Fraser University where he teaches Quebec and Canadian history. He is the author of The Feel of the City: Experiences of Urban Transformation (University of Toronto Press, forthcoming June 2014), which examines the way city dwellers interacted with the changing urban environment at the turn of the twentieth century. He is currently conducting research on emotional experiences of World War I in Canada.

Colin Browne is a poet, writer, documentary filmmaker and film historian whose work has often touched on WW I as it touched the lives of his family. He has a particular interest in the preservation of archival media and until recently taught in the School for the Contemporary Arts at SFU. He is currently working on a book addressing the history and legacy of the Surrealist fascination with Northwest coast art.

Apocalypse WWI is presented with the support of the following consulates general based in Vancouver: Germany, Italy, Poland, Portugal, United States of America.