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12 Dec 2014

50 years of France-Québec relations in the literary world

As part of the activities marking its 50th anniversary, the Québec Government Office in Paris (DGQP) recently partnered with the Université Sorbonne-Nouvelle – Paris 3 and the International Association of Québec Studies (AIEQ) to host a colloquium on literary exchanges and cooperation between France and Québec. The colloquium was geared to instructors, students, writers, journalists and researchers.

Catherine Pont-Humbert, a journalist, literary critic, writer and producer affiliated with France Culture, moderated the day-long event. Participants had an opportunity to hear some ten specialists, academics, poets and writers from Québec, France and Europe present their ideas on three main topics:

  • Québec literature in France’s cultural, teaching and research sectors
  • Québec literature’s contribution to heightening awareness about the Francophone world and beyond
  • The role of Québec literature in teaching and research. What works should be taught and why?

AIEQ president Annick Resh opened the colloquium by outlining the teaching and cooperation networks that have been created over the past 50 years. Invited guest Dany Laferrière delighted everyone at the end of the day with an amusing and witty presentation about his personal “Québec library.”

Québec Delegate General in Paris Michel Robitaille joined Marie-Christine Lemardeley, president of the Sorbonne-Nouvelle – Paris 3, to provide information on a major partnership that is being established between their two institutions. Paris 3 founded a Centre for Québec Studies that will support the Chair on Contemporary Québec created in 2005. In addition, Paris 3 will house the Gaston-Miron collection in the main library of its Censier campus beginning in the spring of 2012.

It should be noted that this activity was made possible through the support of the Ministère des Relations internationales and funded by the France-Québec Permanent Cooperation Commission (CPCFQ), the Québec Government Office in Paris, AIEQ and the Université Sorbonne-Nouvelle – Paris 3.

Québec Government Office in Paris
Colloquium program (in French)

International Association of Québec Studies (in French)
Université Sorbonne-Nouvelle – Paris3 (in French)
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