Fran­co­phone Aca­demics pon­der English-speak­ing Que­bec

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Mon­treal Len­noxville

The­world’s largest French-lan­guage mul­ti­dis­ci­plinary aca­demic congress will for the sec­ond year in a row host a two-day con­fer­ence on English-speak­ing Que­bec as part of its pro­gram. Last year’s event was the first time a French-lan­guage event of this scale was held on this topic. Or­ga­niz­ers are con­fi­dent that the 2011 ver­sion will con­tinue the pre­vi­ous ac­com­plish­ments of forg­ing new per­spec­tives and av­enues for in­quiry as Fran­co­phones and An­glo­phones learn about the com­mon chal­lenges they face as mi­nori­ties.

The As­so­ci­a­tion fran­co­phone pour le savoir (Ac­fas) is host­ing the con- fer­ence on May 10 and 11 as one com­po­nent of a larger, multi-con­fer­ence congress held at Université de Sher­brooke and Bishop’s Univer­sity. The con­fer­ence is co-or­ga­nized by the Que­bec English-Speak­ing Com­mu­ni­ties Re­search Net­work (QUESCREN) and the East­ern Town­ships Re­source Cen­tre. Launched two years ago by Con­cor­dia Univer­sity (Mon­treal) and the Cana­dian In­sti­tute for Re­search on Lin­guis­tic Mi­nori­ties (Monc­ton), and funded in part by Cana­dian Her­itage, QUESCREN is a net­work of aca­demic re­searchers, com­mu­nity or­ga­ni­za­tions and gov­ern­ment part­ners en­gaged in re­search on English-speak­ing Que­bec. The East­ern Town­ships Re­source Cen­tre (Sher­brooke), for its part, is a re­source cen­tre for the study of the East­ern Town­ships with a spe­cial fo­cus on the English-speak­ing com­mu­nity. Town­ship­pers’ As­so­ci­a­tion and the Équipe de recherche in­teruni­ver­si­taire sur la lit­téra­ture an­glo-québécoise have also col­lab­o­rated in the or­gan­i­sa­tion of this event.

“ These ETRCQUESCREN con­fer­ences pro­vide rare op­por­tu­ni­ties for re­searchers to meet their peers in academia and be­yond,” says QUESCREN co­or­di­na­tor­re­searcher Dr. Lor­raine O’Don­nell. “There are more Fran­co­phones do­ing re­search on English­s­peak­ing Que­bec than you’d think, many of them work­ing in iso­la­tion from each other and English­s­peak­ing re­searchers. We are de­lighted with the wel­come AC­FAS has once again ex­tended to us.”

Con­fer­ence pre­sen­ters hail from many uni­ver­si­ties and re­search in­sti­tutes from Que­bec and Canada, How­ever, the con­fer­ence goes be­yond the aca­demic realm by fea­tur­ing sev­eral pre­sen­ta­tions from com­mu­nity or­ga­ni­za­tions as well. The con­fer­ence will fo­cus on dif­fer­ent re­gions and a broad range of themes, in­clud­ing the East­ern Town­ships, ed­u­ca­tion, health, his­tory, iden­tity, lit­er­a­ture, lan­guage and so­cio-eco­nomic con­di­tions. Within these themes are in­di­vid­ual pre­sen­ta­tions cov­er­ing ev­ery­thing from Leonard Co­hen to life ex­pectancy.

Those in­ter­ested in at­tend­ing may con­sult a de­tailed pro­gramme un­der “col­loque 641” at www. ac­fas.ca . It is also pos­si­ble to reg­is­ter on­line.

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