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Anne Trépanier

Associate Professor

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
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Anne Trépanier

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

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

I am an historian born in Québec city, and associate professor in the School, where I started teaching in 2009. I am on the board of the Association internationale d’études québécoises.

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.

J’enseigne en anglais pour le moment, mais je serai heureuse de développer des travaux, des cours de lectures dirigées, et même une supervision en français si le coeur vous en dit.

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

  • Rhetoric and Discourse analysis
  • Satirical Images (pre-confederation)
  • Québec’s political and cultural history
  • National representations in Public History
  • History and Memory narratives
  • Christian rituals and symbolism (paleo-christian to our days)
  • North American Francophonie(s)
  • Histoire de la Nouvelle-France
  • 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 (less than 5 years)

My new book will discuss 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).

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 with Amanda Murphyao, «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 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 with Richard Nimijean, «A Passport to Identity», dans Études canadiennes, Canadian Studies, Revue interdisciplinaire des études canadiennes en France, N. 78. p. 25-48.This article , 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.

I was the editor of the first annual peer-reviewed online journal in the School, giving a fist publishing experience to graduating students and a first editorial board experience to graduate students

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

Courses taught

  • CNDS 5003 Language Culture and Power in Canada
  • CNDS 5002 Interdisciplinary methods
  • 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
  • And several directed studies graduate courses: Quebec feminism, Communication in Canadian Environmental Study, Current issues in the Canadian francophonie…