A common future. Cross-cutting perspectives and possible convergences between Acadian, Quebec and Aboriginal peoples (Annual conference of the French Canadian Studies Association and Colloquium dedicated to the 40th anniversary of the Institute of Acadian and Quebec Studies, Poitiers)

Annual Congress of the Association for French Canadian Studies (AFEC),

Anniversary Colloquium of the Academy and the Institute of Quebec Studies (IEAQ) – 40th anniversary, 1982-2022 (+1)

22, 23 and 24 June 2023 – MSHS, University of Poitiers

A common future.

Intersectional perspectives and possible convergences among Acadian, Quebec and Aboriginal peoples.

supported by

In collaboration with the MIMMOC laboratory, CRIHAM, FORELLIS, RURALITES laboratories, FE2C (federation for the study of modern civilizations) and the Senghor Chair of North American Francophonie (University of Poitiers);
CRHIA laboratory, University of La Rochelle and Montesquieu Research Institute, University of Bordeaux.
Canada Research Chair in Linguistic Minorities and Power, Université de Moncton Canada

The organizing committee: Marlene Belly, Stéphane Bikialo, Ariane Le Moing, André Magord

Scientific Council:
Hélène Albert, University of Moncton
Laurence Arrighi, University of Moncton
Chedly Belkhoja, Concordia University
Stéphane Bikialo, University of Poitiers
Clint Bruce, St. Anne University
Stéphanie Chouinard Royal Military College (Kingston) / Royal Military College (Kingston)
Laurence Cros, University of Paris
Hélène Devarennes, University of Moncton
Hélène Destrempes, University of Moncton
Michelle Landry, University of Moncton
Françoise Le Jeune, University of Nantes
André Magord, University of Poitiers
Christophe Traisnel, University of Moncton
Philippe Volpé, University of Moncton, Edmunston Campus

For documents call:

Work on minority groups is often viewed from the perspective of the relationship with the majority group, who must negotiate their status and/or terms of existence. In Canada, so-called ethnic minorities negotiate within the official policy of multiculturalism, while indigenous peoples are called First Nations and Francophones are called founding people.[1] seeks to be recognized on the basis of various levels of political, territorial, linguistic and organizational autonomy in the fields of education, culture, health, justice, immigration, economic development. however, the practices tested by each of these groups have been the subject of very few cross-validations, aggregations, or comparative studies.

The 2022 edition of the Canadien française d’études Association (AFEC) annual conference will focus on the possibilities of a shared future between Acadian, Quebec and Aboriginal communities. every community. Existing projects between these communities can be presented (they are rarely highlighted), as well as the follow-up of such projects, renewed proposals and ideas for cooperation, possible convergences in terms of mutual assistance or sharable utopias… This symposium is therefore about shared ideas. , will focus on mutual understandings, innovative proposals that can support a shared future for the three communities.

Although the proposed theme focuses on the Acadian territories of the Atlantic provinces and Quebec, it is open to collaborations between or with other francophone and aboriginal minorities.

The following topics may be covered, but this list is not exhaustive:

– Common projects, inventory: studies and/or presentations on common projects among these minority peoples (rarely highlighted). However, they are indicators that collaboration can be effective;
– Adoption of policies: adoption and/or implementation and/or impact study of majority policies in these “communities”: mutual contributions;
– Linguistic policy and preservation of minority languages. Development of linguistic and cultural policy;
– Economy: general economic development projects, social and solidarity economy, short circuits, etc.
– Education: first language training and resources; innovative teaching practices; sports: common organized sports experiences?
– Law and territory control: problems of territory and environmental protection; autonomy of decision-making in a given area by more or less autonomous bodies…
– Health: local medicine, medicine in an isolated environment; suicide and addiction prevention programs;
– Culture: comparative approaches to maintaining cultural uniqueness in the context of globalization – general cooperation projects in the cultural-artistic field; the media; expansion of the common heritage;
– How is literature, the provisions of this common future, its representations put into discourse? How do they participate in the expression of the renewal of literary aesthetics/forms?
– History and deletion of common practices. – the history of other occultation processes and the absence of light. How to convert blind spots between French-speaking groups (Quebec and non-Quebec) and French-speaking and Aboriginal groups? What approaches, practices, re-reading of history… will be needed? What are the innovations in historiography?
– Innovative epistemologies: – in the field of research: what constructive interactions, what mutual contributions, what effective cooperation? what mutual understandings? What new methods, approaches, epistemologies? Co-development, co-development and co-evaluation methods = the intersection of knowledge (ATD Fourth World, University of Oxford). Critique of decolonialism and neoliberalism – first coming to terms with oneself;
– Alternative approaches: exchange of good practices on the viability of minority communities: – lifestyle change: different settlement in the area: short circuits (local agriculture); slow food, cooperative organization, rational exploitation of resources, participatory democracy, empowerment…ecological and ethical tourism; – “climate” sustainability: shared, integrated habitats.
– Social movements: general participation, mutual support for protest movements, alliances… activism (support for the uncertain?)…- approaches to autochthonization of campuses; …
– Reconciliation: the “truth and reconciliation” commission, its effects and its future? – Getting to know each other, – How much rapprochement can there be in the fight against discrimination and racism.

Communication drafts (15-20 lines) and biographical notices (5 major publications) should be sent to andre.magord@univ-poitiers.fr by November 30, 2022.

After the meeting of the Project Selection Committee, an answer will be sent to colleagues who responded to this call no later than the end of January 2023.

[1] The concept of founding people, more than a trademark! Linda Cardinal Youth Responsibility Issue 99, November 1998 URI: https://id.erudit.org/iderudit/41632ac

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