lundi 17 novembre 2014

One Country Two National Capitals?

One Country, two national capitals? Explore national identity performances in Ottawa and Québec city!
CDNS 4510/5002 [0.5 credit] Early Summer (May-June)
Culture, language and power in Canada. Field trip special edition.
Prof. Anne Trépanier
This year again, CNDS 4510/5003 provides a unique learning opportunity for students by offering a portion of the course to take place in Quebec City, with the collaboration of great partner institutions, namely Laval University, Collège François de Laval and the Musée de la Civilisation, among others. This course will include lectures, seminars, guest speakers, field visits and individual research projects to examine a topic related to the study of power relations in Canada as they connect to language and culture embodied in the socio-political organisation of a city which is home to a national government.

In this edition of CNDS 4510/5003, the specific objects of study will be the two national capitals contained in Canada:  Ottawa and Québec City, and their relation to History, Language and Culture, with a focus on the other National Capital, representations and public history.
Such a course is designed to help meet student demand for additional research and practical experience outside of the classroom and be challenged in an “international” context. Québec City offers a francophone environment filled with history. It is the place to learn about how language has become a defining tool for culture in Québec and its power in a Canada still defining itself as a multicultural and bilingual country. The term ends with a student symposium.

·      Overarching themes: Language, culture and power in Canada

·      Our focus: the two national capitals within Canada

·      Our method: immersion and comparison

The concepts:

1. Semiotics: uncover the underlying meaning-making system
2. "Archeology" dimension: locate the "Truths" historically and socially to reveal political contingencies and relations of power.

·      Understand how the nation (the idea) is expressed in the local and in doing so, secure specific relations of power.
·      Understand how the "meaning making system" of nationalism in the Canadian and the Québécois contexts tie together specific relations of power between language and culture...
·      Acknowledge similarities and differences in the definition of nation supporting each national capital comprised in Canada and the existence of a parallel complex network of institutions and public histories.
·      Develop a sensibility for "meaning making strategies": Heritage conservation, Public History and National narratives
·      Fine tune reading and writing skills inspired by the study of semiotics and immersed observation
·      Be able to efficiently present complex ideas
·      Be able to efficiently present results of a research project in a student symposium

TEXTS REQUIRED BEFORE COURSE STARTS (See calendar of reading discussion)

Mandatory: Course pack for CNDS 4510/5003
Will be available at Haven Books in April 2015
43 Seneca  Ottawa, ON K1S 4X2
(613) 730-9888

Suggested additional readings:
v Marcel Martel and Martin Pâquet Speaking up, A HISTORY OF LANGUAGE AND POLITICS IN CANADA AND QUEBEC, Between the Lines, publication date: May 10th 2012.
v Paul Ricoeur, History, Memory, Forgetting, University of Chicago Press, 2006.


While rigorous, the writing-intensive and interdisciplinary approach not only fostered a deep engagement with the subject, but also provided students outside Quebec with an accessible framework through which to examine Quebec's cultural, historical and identitary complexity.
Valerie Luchak

The experience of the colloquium sums up the rigor, the sense of community, and your ability to mentor a variety of interests ranging from military history to critical theory. All the presentations reflected an intensity on the part of the students. In the time leading up to the colloquium I remember having conversations with my peers not only on their topics but on the mentorship Dr. Trépanier provided. This sort of dissemination and reverberation of ideas underlines her ability to teach and create an environment where creativity, learning, and ultimately a desire for success are incubated.
Benjamin T.H. Derksen