On March 14–16, 2019, the Association for Canadian Studies in the United States (ACSUS) and SUNY Plattsburgh’s Institute on Québec Studies, in partnership with Fulbright Canada, the Centre interuniversitaire de recherche sur les relations internationales du Canada et du Québec (CIRRICQ), the Groupe d’études et de recherche sur l’international et le Québec (GERIQ) at École nationale d’adminstration publique (ÉNAP), the Chaire Raoul-Dandurand and l’Observatoire sur les États-Unis at Université du Québec à Montréal (UQÀM), and the Quebec Studies Program at McGill University convened a three-day scholarly colloquium in Montreal that explored current trends in Quebec society and how these developments—political, social, cultural, economic, and others—are likely to impact the province in the future.
The colloquium, entitled “Québec Society in 2019 : Current State and Future Prospects,” was held on the campus of ÉNAP, featuring single discipline, multidisciplinary, and comparative scholarly inquiries, in English and French, dedicated to defining, examining, and evaluating contemporary Quebec society. We asked participants to identify fundamental forces that propel current societal trends, and to consider whether these trends are fleeting or long lasting (even permanent), and whether they will have a significant impact on the fabric of life in Quebec. In addition to presentations, the colloquium featured a special roundtable forum, organized by the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research on Montreal (CIRM) at McGill University, entitled “Comment accroȋtre et favoriser la participation citoyenne à Montréal,” that examined contemporary issues confronting Montrealers in 2019. “Québec Society in 2019 : Current State and Future Prospects” featured 45 participants from across the United States and Canada, including junior and senior scholars from 18 institutions of higher education.
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