Canadian Studies in France
The French Association for Canadian Studies (AFEC) was created in 1976, immediately after the creation of the Association for Canadian Studies in the United States and the British Association for Canadian Studies. From their respective beginnings, these three national associations have been concerned with the major challenges Canada has faced, in particular the relations between Quebec and the “rest of Canada,” the recognition of First Nations and the US–Canada relationship. In France, Canadian studies programs have been established at several universities since the 1970s. The institutionalization of Canadian studies has been reflected through the creation of AFEC and 18 centers of Canadian studies, the creation of a professional journal, Études canadiennes/Canadian studies, published for over 40 years, an annual conference, and extensive research contacts between scholars and institutions in France and those in Canada and Quebec. This dense and vibrant network of Canadian studies received a setback as a result of the Canadian government’s 2012 decision to end support for Canadian studies abroad. Nevertheless, France’s Canadian studies community has shown remarkable resilience, due largely to the personal and professional relationships that have been forged between academics and institutions in the two countries for over 40 years.
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