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Colloquium 2018Québec Past and Present:

Colloquium on Québec Studies

SPECIAL ISSUE – Journal of Eastern Townships Studies/Revue d’études des Cantons-de-l’Est (JETS/RECE)

We are very pleased to announce the annual State University of New York College at  Plattsburgh Institute on Quebec Studies and Bishop’s University Eastern Townships Resource Centre student and faculty research colloquium.  The colloquium, to be convened March 23-24, 2018 on the campus of Bishop’s, will result in the publication of select edited scholarly essays in the Journal of Eastern Townships Studies/Revue d’études des Cantons-de-l’Est (JETS/RECE).


This memo is an official call for scholarly essays, in English or French, on any and all topics featuring significant Québec content.  Paper proposals will be accepted from undergraduate/graduate students and faculty from SUNY Plattsburgh, Bishop’s University and all universities in Québec and across Canada. We especially encourage faculty to identify and encourage talented students to submit a proposal for consideration.  While proposals are encouraged from any academic discipline, we are most interested in contributions from history, sociology, political science, public policy, linguistics, education, health, art and architecture.  Proposals must present original research and must not have been previously published.   Selected submissions will be included as part of the 2018 colloquium.  Please note that the working language of the colloquium, including paper presentations, is English. Revised select contributions from the colloquium will be featured as an issue of JETS/RECE, dedicated to focusing on new, creative scholarship of faculty and talented students working on Québec-focused research.

If you are interested in submitting a proposal, please electronically forward an abstract not to exceed 300 words (explaining the theoretical approach/empirical evidence to be examined), relevant title and current vitae/resume no later than January 31, 2018.  Please submit your proposal to Dr. Christopher Kirkey at SUNY Plattsburgh (kirkeycj@plattsburgh.edu) and Dr. Cheryl Gosselin at Bishop’s (cgosseli@ubishops.ca). All submissions will be examined by a peer review panel and individuals will be contacted no later than February 5, 2018 regarding their submission.  If accepted, contributors will be provided with a style sheet/detailed writing guidelines (length, format, footnote/reference style requirements, etc.) and further information on the structure and content of the colloquium. All essays must be completed and electronically submitted no later than March 15, 2018.


The colloquium will be convened March 23-24, 2018 at Bishop‘s University in Sherbrooke, Québec. Shortly after the conclusion of the colloquium, contributors will be provided with a formal written commentary/analysis of their contribution, specifically designed to encourage, where needed, revision and general editing.  Contributors will have until July 1, 2018 to undertake any requested revisions and to electronically re-submit their papers to our offices.  Proceedings from the conference will be edited by editors Christopher Kirkey & Cheryl Gosselin.  Selected papers will then be forwarded to JETS/RECE where they will undergo a second round of academic blind peer-review.  Those essays which are formally selected for publication will be featured in the summer 2018 issue of JETS/RECE.  Please note that publication preference will be given to papers that clearly demonstrate the relevance of their research to the Eastern Townships. To facilitate your involvement in this project, SUNY Plattsburgh and Bishop’s University are pleased to be able to provide the following support for those individuals selected to participate:

  • breakfast, breaks, lunch and dinner on Friday, March 23, 2018;
  • breakfast, break and lunch on Saturday, March 24, 2018; and,
  • shared lodging (double occupancy) for participating faculty and students (exclusively for individuals residing outside of Sherbrooke), for two evenings, arriving Thursday, March 23 and departing the morning of Saturday, March 24, 2018.

This initiative is being sponsored by SUNY Plattsburgh, Bishop’s University, the United States Department of Education, and the Québec Ministry of International Relations and la Francophonie.

We trust that you will agree that this is an exciting initiative, one which can lead to a peer-reviewed publication of your scholarship in an internationally respected multidisciplinary academic journal.  We encourage you to contact us with any inquiries you may have.  We look forward to receiving your proposal!


Christopher Kirkey, Ph.D., Director, Institute on Québec Studies (IQS)
State University of New York (SUNY) College at Plattsburgh
Director, Eastern Townships Resource Center (ETRC), Bishop’s University
Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Eastern Townships Studies/Revue d’études des Cantons-de-l’Est (JETS/RECE)

Cheryl Gosselin, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Sociology
Director, Eastern Townships Resource Center (ETRC), Bishop’s University
Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Eastern Townships Studies/Revue d’études des Cantons-de-l’Est (JETS/RECE)

Gordon Barker, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of History
President, Eastern Townships Resource Center (ETRC), Bishop’s University

Fabian Will, Executive Director, Eastern Townships Resource Center (ETRC), Bishop’s University