The Journal of Eastern Townships Studies (JETS)/ Revue d’études des Cantons-de-l’Est (RECE) is a bilingual, multidisciplinary, refereed journal published biannually. Since its creation in 1992, JETS/RECE has served to disseminate scholarly knowledge on the Eastern Townships region and its inhabitants to scholars and to a general audience interested in Townships issues. Our articles offer multiple perspectives on the past, present and future conditions within this unique area of the world from historical, sociological, environmental and scientific viewpoints.

For more information, please contact our Editor-in chief, Claude Charpentier.

Guidelines for Contributors

The Journal of Eastern Townships Studies is a bilingual, multidisciplinary, referred journal published by the Eastern Townships Resource Centre (ETRC). JETS is indexed in the Canadian Periodical Index, Canadian Index and CBCA. The journal is accessible online in Micromedias’s CBCA Fulltext database and Information Access Company’s Canadian Periodical Index database.

We welcome articles relating to the Eastern Townships in all disciplines. Typescripts in English or French should be between 2000 and 7000 words and conform to the style guides used in the author’s field of study. Articles should be sent by email in a Word document to the Editor-in-chief. Articles and works in progress should be accompanied by an abstract, in both French and English, of approximately 100 words.

Current Issue

JETS/RECE 42 (Spring 2014)

Religious Freedom, Gender Equality and the Secular State

The current debate surrounding Bill 60, the Charter Affirming the Values of State Secularism and Religious Neutrality and of Equality between Women and Men, and Providing a Framework for Accommodation Requests, has caused much ink to flow. The debate is generating a massive amount of often divergent opinions based on social, religious, political and demographic issues, among others. The Eastern Townships Resource Centre (ETRC) deemed it useful to devote an issue of its Journal of Eastern Townships Studies (JETS) to this topic because universities are fertile grounds for enriching discussions on such issues. For content, we sent a call for papers to faculty and administrators at Bishop’s University and Université de Sherbrooke. This issue has been guest-edited by Michael Goldbloom, Principal of Bishop’s University and Luce Samoisette, Rector of Université de Sherbrooke. The articles published in this issue warrant careful attention as much for their diversity in approach as for the arguments they engender. They are not meant as an end but rather as a contribution to a debate which is far from over.

  • The Quebec Charter of Values: A Solution in Search of Problems / Trygve Ugland
  • Quand les femmes musulmanes interpellent le féminisme québécois – Débats, féministes, liberté religieuse et Vivre ensemble au Québec  / Michèle Vatz Laaroussi and Naoual Laaroussi
  • Égalité femme-homme, religions et laïcité : regards d’étudiantes de la Faculté de théologie et d’études religieuses de l’Université de Sherbrooke / Patrick Snyder
  • Saving Appearances: Religious Invisibility and State Secularism – The Myth of Gyges Revisited / Dale Stout
  • La Charte de la laïcité et la mission universitaire : une contradiction / Victoria Meikle
  • La Charte de la laïcité : une entrave au développement de l’Université de Sherbrooke / Sébastien Lebel-Grenier and Pierre Noël

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JETS/RECE 41 (Fall 2013)

The collection of essays that comprise this special issue of the Journal of Eastern Townships Studies (JETS) is the result of a decidedly rich interuniversity collaborative initiative between the Eastern Townships Resource Centre (ETRC) at Bishop’s University and the Institute on Québec Studies (IQS) at the State University of New York College at Plattsburgh (SUNY Plattsburgh). In the fall of 2012, a call for papers was issued to students and faculty at Bishop’s and SUNY Plattsburgh (with select submissions also welcomed from the larger Quebec university community) to participate in a scholarly colloquium dedicated to the presentation and examination of original research broadly focused on Quebec. Submissions, which were encouraged from all academic disciplines, were reviewed by an academic review panel. Thirteen papers, by a total of seventeen authors, were ultimately selected. The colloquium, titled “Quebec Past and Present: An International and Domestic Colloquium on Quebec Studies,” was convened at Bishop’s, March 14–16, 2013. In addition to presentations from members of the Bishop’s and SUNY Plattsburgh campuses, the colloquium also featured contributions from emerging and established scholars at Concordia University, Université Laval, École nationale d’administration publique (ENAP), and Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). Expert commentary on each paper was provided by senior scholars from Bishop’s, Université de Sherbrooke and Concordia.

  • Quebec’s Minority English-Speaking Population: Identity Formation and Affirmation through Institutional Vitality / Amanda Pichette and Cheryl Gosselin
  • Cross-Border Schooling and the Complexity of Local Identities in the Quebec-Vermont Borderland Region: A Historical Analysis / Anthony Di Mascio
  • The Architecture of Villégiature on Lake Memphremagog, 1860–1890 / Jody Robinson
  • Cherry River’s Wetlands: an Unintentionally Created Ecoscape / Caroline Beaudoin
  • Les effets de la francophilie sur les élites politiques canadiennes-françaises : l’exemple de la famille Marchand (1855–1942) / Alex Tremblay
  • Extra Border Security and its Impact on Canada-United States Trade and Investment: A Focus on the Quebec-Northern New York Corridor / Prem Gandhi and Neal Duffy

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JETS/RECE 40 (Spring 2013)

Guest editor Lorraine O’Donnell and editor-in-chief Claude Charpentier are pleased to present this special issue of JETS featuring research on the history, culture and politics of the Eastern Townships including the English-speaking communities within and beyond its boundaries to the whole of Quebec. For the third time in as many years, we are pleased to publish conference proceedings resulting from a fruitful partnership between the Eastern Townships Resource Centre (ETRC) at Bishop’s University and Quebec English-Speaking Communities Research Network (QUESCREN), located at Concordia University. A joint initiative of Concordia and the Canadian Institute for Research on Linguistic Minorities, located in Moncton, QUESCREN is an alliance of researchers, community members and institutions dedicated to developing research capacity related to Quebec’s minority Anglophone communities. One of QUESCREN’s mandates is to organize research events and to this end, QUESCREN coordinator-researcher Lorraine O’Donnell co-organized with ETRC president Cheryl Gosselin (Bishop’s University) three conferences presenting the latest research on the subject. These events were part of the annual Association francophone pour le savoir (Acfas) congresses. Proceedings of the 2010 and 2011 events were published in JETS/RECE 36 and 38 respectively, and those of the 2012 conference are presented here. The 2012 conference, entitled “Linking research on Quebec’s English-speaking communities to policy & action”, took place in Montreal on May 7–8 at the 80e Congrès de l’Acfas.

  • What do “participation” and “action” really mean in participatory action research? Some observations from a community development project with minority English-speaking communities in Quebec / Mary Richardson, Joëlle Gauvin-Racine, Shirley Jobson, Nathalie Sasseville, and Paule Simard
  • Un patrimoine bâti identitaire. L’architecture religieuse protestante dans les Cantons-de-l’Est / Monique Nadeau-Saumier
  • In the know: results of a three-year study on the relationship between English-speaking, bilingual and ethno-cultural community groups and the Government of Quebec / Frances Ravensbergen and Sandra Sjollema
  • Bilan politique des Cantons-de-l’Est 2006–2012 / Jacques Gagnon
  • Beyond business: interactions between English and French through the archives of the Douglas Family, an overview / Jody Robinson
  • La collection de livres rares de la bibliothèque du Cégep de Thetford, un ensemble représentatif d’une époque / Stéphan Garneau

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JETS/RECE 39 (Fall 2012)

JETS 39 introduces some of the research presented during the 2011 ARIC Conference. Within its covers, you will be introduced to the new faces of ethnic, cultural and linguistic diversity in the Eastern Townships while encountering the challenges attending the socioacademic integration of immigrant students into local secondary schools. Research documenting the state of religious diversity in the Eastern Townships underscores its role as a space of socialization and integration of newcomers. Also discussed are the ways in which the Eastern Townships English-speaking community members can become significant actors in the welcoming and retention of immigrants. A final article describes the membership and activities of the Sherbrooke/Lennoxville Branch of the Canadian Institute of International Affairs (1945–1988) founded by local men interested in international political affairs and the role of Canada on the international scene. Regions, countries and continents are all dealing with multiple diversities. Scholars and practitioners around the world are working on and challenged by contextual analyses of these historical processes and their impacts.  We trust that this special issue will help you better understand the ways in which some of the area’s researchers are uniquely shaping the discourse on cultural diversity in the Eastern Townships.

  • Quand la diversité change de visage! Les nouvelles vagues d’immigration et leur impact sur la vision contemporaine de la diversité dans les Cantons-de-l’Est / Michèle Vatz Laaroussi
  • L’insertion socioscolaire des élèves issus de l’immigration à Sherbrooke : perspectives transmises par les documents officiels / Alessandra Froelich
  • Integrating secondary students of immigrant origins in the Eastern Townships: How warm is the welcome? / Marilyn Steinbach
  • Profil de la diversité religieuse en Estrie / Claude Gélinas and Lorraine Derocher
  • Capital d’attraction et de rétention des immigrants pour la communauté anglophone des Cantons-de-l’Est / Malanga-Georges Liboy
  • Canadian Institute Of International Affairs – Sherbrooke/Lennoxville Branch Fonds (P051) / Jody Robinson

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JETS/RECE 38 (Spring 2012)

Jets 38, our 2012 spring issue, features articles and reports originally presented as papers at the 2011 congress of the Association francophone pour le savoir (Acfas) during a two-day multidisciplinary conference organized by the Quebec English-speaking Communities Research Network (QUESCREN) with the Eastern Townships Resource Centre (ETRC), in partnership with the Townshippers’ Association and the Équipe de recherche interuniversitaire sur la littérature anglo-québécoise. The QUESCREN and the ETRC are dedicated to disseminating research on English-speaking Quebec and the Eastern Townships respectively. Entitled Quebec’s English-speaking communities: a new research agenda, this exciting second annual conference at ACFAS focused on different regions and featured several sessions covering many themes, including the Eastern Townships, education, health, history, identity, literature, language and socio-economic conditions. Joined by QUESCREN’s coordinator-researcher and JETS 38 guest editor Dr Lorraine O’Donnell, the JETS editorial committee is pleased to offer you this special issue whose rich contents reflect the wealth of knowledge, expertise and experience shared by its contributors.

  • Immigration, settlement and Integration in Quebec's Anglophone communities: A preliminary report / Karen Urtnowski, Lorraine O'Donnell, Éric Shragge, Anne Robineau and Éric Forgues
  • Le SherbrookeLibrary and Art Building, 1887-1927: Un espace et un lieu de rencontre entre les cultures anglophone et francophone / Monique Nadeau-Saumier
  • Report on the BU Art Project: Action research to raise the profile of the Bishop's University Art Collection / Louine Niwa
  • Quebec City's English Language Voluntary Associations, Their Contributions to Public Health, and Options for Further Support / Duncan Sanderson and Richard Walling
  • Exploratory community-based action research: balancing research and action for community development / Mary Richardson
  • From Whence They Came: The Ewing Family Fonds (P018) / Emily Potter

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JETS/RECE 37 (Fall/Automne 2011)

Edged in beautiful purple, the cover photograph of JETS/RÈCE 37 communicates the thematics of this special issue. In 2009, four research clusters were selected to implement Bishop’s University’s Strategic Research Plan. These interdepartmental research units are named the STellar Astrophysics and Relativity (STAR) cluster, the Multi-scale climate and environmental change (MUSCLE) cluster, the Crossing Borders cluster, and the Psychological Health and Well-being (PHWB) cluster. With a view to conveying the vibrancy of the research culture practised within the University’s premises, we have produced a special issue on this theme. Four leading Bishop’s University researchers each linked to one of the clusters were invited to introduce the cluster in terms of its objectives, broad goals, important areas of research and specialized axes, while articulating its relevance to the community at large. Also featured within the covers of JETS 37 are non-thematic articles, an archival section, and a lively book review that will incite all Townships history buffs to dash up the stairs of the nearest bookstore in search of this informative work on regional history.

  • STellar Astrophysics and Relativity at Bishop’s University / Lorne Nelson
  • Climatic and environmental change: monitoring, adaptation, action. The new Multi-Scale Climate and Environmental Change (MUSCLE) Research Cluster / Elisabeth Levac
  • A pollen calendar for the main allergenic pollen types in the borough of Lennoxville (Sherbrooke), Quebec / Elisabeth Levac

  • Crossing Borders: Identity, Difference and Community / Cristian Berco
  • Psychological Health and Well-being: A Research Agenda for the Eastern Townships / Fuschia Sirois
  • Stress et Maladies Osseuses: développement d’un modèle pour l’étude des impacts du stress sur la santé osseuse dans les populations à risque / Estelle Chamoux
  • Un Comté en Héritage ? Les liens familiaux des députés provinciaux des Cantons-de-l’Est de 1829 à nos jours / Jacques Gagnon
  • L’architecture résidentielle du Vieux Sherbrooke, 1870-1915 : l’exemple des maisons Morey et Johnston / Silvie Bernier
  • Maires, conseillers et autres officiers du canton d’Ascot, de la municipalité du canton d’Ascot et de la municipalité d’Ascot (1841-2001) / Jean-Marie Dubois et Gérard Coté
  • Through the Looking Glass : One Hundred Years of Women’s History in the Eastern Townships / Chloë Southam
  • G. Laperrière, Les Cantons-de-l’Est / Recensé par Jean-Pierre Kesteman

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JETS/RECE 36 (Spring/Printemps 2011)

Identification des communautés anglophones du Québec : approche populationnelle dans le cadre de l’évaluation des disparités de santé associées à l’infarctus du myocarde. / Catherine Drouin, Josiane Courteau, Maria Gabriela Orzanco, Denis Leroux et Alain Vanasse.

Availability, Accessibility and Acceptability of English-Language Mental Health Services for the Estrie Region’s English-Speaking Population: Service User and Provider Perspectives. / Claude Charpentier, Dale Stout, Annie Benoit, Edith Poulin and Christopher Philip.

Les Églises Unie et anglicane au Québec anglophone : enjeux contemporains. / Sarah Wilkins Laflamme

Towards Developing an “Anglo-Québécois” Information Resource Book for School History Teachers in Quebec: Thoughts from a Qualitative Study. / Paul Zanazanian

Eastern Townships Community Search Conference. / Donald W. de Guerre, Rachel Garber and Daniel Seguin

IN THE KNOW: A look at the preliminary results of a study on the relationship between community groups serving the English-speaking, bilingual and ethno-cultural communities of the Quebec and the Government of Quebec. / Sarah Blumel and Frances Ravensbergen

This issue also contains three reports: Quebec’s English-speaking Communities: Current Issues and Future Trends. Conference Report.  / Patrick Donovan and Ali Boumoussa

The Availability of Health Professionals in Official Language Minority.  / Roger Farley and Roger Guillemette

Where do the Anglos Work? A Review of Employment, Training and Educational Trends in the English-speaking Communities of Quebec.  / Hugh Maynard

And it includes an article on archives: Biography through Fiction: The Unpublished Writings of Catherine M. Day.  /  Laura Perras

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Past Issues

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