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Anne Trépanier

Associate professor (cross-appointed with the School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies and French)

Degrees:B.A. (Laval); M.A. (McGill); M.A. (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris France); Ph.D. (Laval)
Office:1204 Dunton Tower
* Please note that Dr. Jennifer Adese is currently using this office space. Please contact me by email.

Associate professor in the School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies (100%);

Cross-posted to the Department of French and the Department of History.

This year I am teaching online this summer and again in the Fall!

IN ENGLISH! (Closed-captioned if you fear my accent!)

Here is a teaser for the Winter 2017 course Introduction to Quebec society

Anne Trépanier

I am an historian born in Québec city, and associate professor in the School, where I started teaching in 2009. I see my role in academia as a builder of intellectual and cultural bridges between the two solitudes. I enjoy talking about Quebec, its society and myths, its distinctions, its literature and its tensions.

I am a passionate teacher, who enjoys spending my energies promoting both rigorous critical thinking, and intuitive approaches to learning. I am constantly finding new research and teaching material in myths, religious rituals, and tales. I just submitted a manuscript on historical representations of Confederation before 1867, making the most of a four years of research at the National archives.

Summer 2017 CDNS 2510 Introduction to Quebec Society (online)

Fall 2017 Introduction to Quebec Society (online)


If you are a new student at the Master’s or PhD  level and would like to develop a research project, please get in touch!

Current interdisciplinary research interests

  • Imaginations of Canada (pre-Confederation)
  • Competing National identity narratives
  • Québec’s political and cultural history
  • National representations in Public History
  • History and Memory narratives
  • Experiential learning and Epedagogy

My books

La rénovation de l’héritage démocratique : entre fondation et refondation, University of Ottawa Press, 2009, 340 pages.This book is an edited collection of chapters discussing the relevancy of «refoundation» and the use of this notion in Canadian history and political philosophy.

Un discours à plusieurs voix : la grammaire du oui en 1995, Presses de l’Université Laval, 2001. This book (my master thesis) reveals the common grammar (values and rhetoric) between the main voices of the OUI camp during the 1995 referendum.

Most recent publications are listed below.

My new History book will approach the 1867 Confederation as a representation; a projection of dreams and anxieties beyond provincial boundaries, cultures, religions, nations, and ethnicities of 19th century British North America as seen in Satirical newspapers (1864-1867).

Two recent publications on the same object:

2016 «Représentations de la Confédération: perspectives de recherche», in Eugénie Brouillet, Alain-G Gagnon et Guy Laforest (dir.), La Conférence de Québec de1864. Comprendre l’émergence de la fédération canadienne, Presses de l’Université Laval, coll. Prismes,  p. 331-369.

2015 «Représentations de la Confédération comme mise en abyme du Canada-à-renaître : perspectives de recherche», in Recherches sociographiques, Québec, Presses de   l’université Laval,  vol. 56. no 1, p. 23-52.

2015 «Canadian Maplelea’Girl Dolls: the Commodification of Difference» in Miriam Forman-Brunel (eds.), Deconstructing Doll: the Meanings of Girls’ Toys and Play, Peter Lang Publishers, p. 257-281.This chapter, co-written with a PhD student, studies the most recent Canadian Maplelea dolls (the doll from Quebec and the doll from Nunavut) as tools of Canadian nation building.

2016 Carrés rouges: 100 jours pour la fin de la représentation in Martin Meunier (dir.), Sept idées pour l’avenir du Québec, collection «Amérique française», Presses de l’Université d’Ottawa. This chapter discusses the difference between representation and representativity during the social crisis lead by the student strike movement Carrés rouges in 2012.

2015 Introduction + Special dossier Where is Québec in Canadian Studies? International Journal of Canadian Studies, Toronto, University of Toronto Press, vol. 50.This dossier, compiled with Richard Nimijean, is a collection of essays that followed an international conference organized at Carleton with Richard Nimijean about the place Quebec and the French language have in Canadian Studies.

2015 «A Passport to Identity», dans Études canadiennes, Canadian Studies, Revue interdisciplinaire des études canadiennes en France, N. 78. p. 25-48.This article co-written with Richard Nimijean, is an analysis of the nation building images found in the new Canadian passport and a reflection on the end of dualism.

2013 Refondation matérielle et spirituelle en Nouvelle-France: récits pour une incarnation de l’imaginaire canadien in Sébastien  Côté et Charles Doutrelepont (eds.), Relire le patrimoine lettré de la   Nouvelle-France, collection « Les voies du français », Presses de l’Université Laval, 2013, p. 97-120.

This chapter explores the change of attitude amongst the French settlers of the province of Canada in New France following the earthquake of 1663 and the great fire of 1682.  The narrative of Marie de l’ Incarnation describing the effects of the 1663 earthquake on the population exposes both material and spiritual reconstruction. I consider these texts to also speak about the birth of a specific identity coined at a moment when this community becomes a coherent group : French catholic settlers become Canadiens.D’abord interprété comme une mise en garde divine, le tremblement de terre de 1663 a agi comme accélérateur d’une refondation matérielle et spirituelle dans la province du Canada. Le récit qu’en fait Marie de l’Incarnation évoque des conséquences matérielles et spirituelles pour la jeune communauté canadienne. Cet article analyse le changement des comportements que ses récits décrivent; j’y lis la naissance d’un imaginaire canadien en  Nouvelle-France.

2013 Introduction + Special dossier “Just Watch Me”: Les faces cachées de la crise d’octobre 1970. Quebec studies, 2013, n. 55.

This dossier, compliled with Patrizia Gentile, is a collection of essays that followed a  conference organized a Carleton with Patrizia Gentile to commemorate 40 years of the War Measures Act and the October Crisis.

2012 « De la sécularisation de la nation », Argument, vol.14, no2, 2012, p. 13-21.

This article is an essay on the loss of faith in the idea of the Quebec nation and its resemantisation in the idea of Quebec culture.

2011 « L’héritage est une fiction intime », Liberté, revue littéraire de création et de critique, numéro thématique : L’Abdication, n. 293, p. 49-55.This is a very personal text on what legacy might mean. I ask, is legacy an autobiographical fiction?

Editor of the first annual peer-reviewed online issue of Capstone Seminar Series:

2015 Disturbing Representations: Citizenship, Medias, and Identity
2014 (Re)Negotiating Artifacts of Canadian Narratives of Identity
2013 Stains, Stones and Stories: Unsettling Confederation
2012 Belonging in Canada: Questions and Challenges
2011 Capital Issues

Teaching awards

2015               Carleton Teaching with Technology  Award

2013               Carleton FASS Teaching Award

2013               Carleton Graduate Students Association Excellence in Teaching Award

Master of Arts Theses and Research essays supervisions

  • Jessica Helps, Tying the Nation Together from Railroads to Pipelines (1946-1956), Master Major Research Paper, School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies, completed May 2013.
  • Tiffany Douglas, Visions of Canada: Utopian Exposition in 1967, Master Major Research Paper, School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies, completed May 2013.
  • Danielle Lorenz, Representation of the Aboriginal at the Toronto Zoo, Master Thesis, School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies, completed April 2012.
  • Valerie Luchak, Representing Unity in the National Capital Region: Québec through Confederation Boulevard, Master Major Research Paper School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies, completed April 2012. Senate medal.
  • Lindsay Steele Snider, Lifting the Curtain: the Effects of Canada’s and Québec’s Cultural Integration Policies on the Representation of Majority group Identity and Ethno-cultural Groups, Masters Major Research Paper, School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies, completed May 2010.

Courses taught

  • CNDS 5003 Language Culture and Power in Canada
  • CNDS 5002 Interdisciplinary methods
  • CDNS 6901 Directed study– Quebec feminism
  • CDNS 5901 Directed study- Communication in Canadian Environmental Study
  • CDNS 2511R/FINS 2511R Introduction à la société et à la culture québécoises (Online)
  • CNDS 2550/FINS 2550 Interfaces between French and English Canadian cultures
  • CNDS 2510R/FINS 2510R Introduction to Québec society (Online)
  • CNDS 3550/FINS 3550 Seminar Interfaces between French and English Canadian cultures
  • CNDS 3510/FINS 3510 Travel and Representation in Quebec
  • CNDS 4000 Capstone Seminar in Advanced Research in Canadian Studies
  • CNDS 4510/FINS 4510 The October crisis, its sources and its consequences on Quebec’s nationalism
  • CNDS 4520 Québec-Canada comparative historiographies
  • CDNS 4510 Quebec Studies