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11 Oct 2013

First Québec studies forum in Italy

The Québec Government Office in Rome and the Centre interuniversitaire d’études québécoise de l’Université de Bologne, known as the Centro Interuniversitario di Studi Quebecchesi (CISQ) in Italian, held the first Québec studies forum in Italy in early October 2012.

Trends and constants

In addition to the many participants, the directors of Québec studies research centres in Italy and the rest of Europe attended this event. The forum provided an opportunity to take stock of progress, identify new trends, note achievements and consider future prospects.

Future prospects: new joint projects

It should be noted that Québec studies have mainly been confined to the field of language and literature for nearly half a century. Today, new joint projects between universities are taking shape across Europe.

The fact that this conference was held in Bologna had special significance. After all, Italy was one of the first European countries to show interest in Québec studies. In 1984, the University of Bologna formalized its interest in Québec studies by creating the Centro di Studi Quebecchesi. Next, the CISQ was created and is still the only interuniversity centre for Québec studies outside Québec. There are currently nine Italian universities that form an expansive network of Québec culture specialists: Bari, Bologna, Florence, Genoa, L’Aquila, Rome San Pio V, Turin, Trento and Venice.

Based on this federation model, the forum’s organizers hope that the forum will pave the way to the creation of a European network of Québec studies researchers in order to help advance interuniversity and international research.

Québec Government Office in Rome
Centre interuniversitaire d’études québécoises (CISQ) (in French)
Association Internationale des Études Québécoises (AIEQ) (in French)

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