CCEAE/CCGES-Université de Montréal

IRTG Diversité

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The International Research Training Group (IRTG) "Diversity" proposes an innovative research program in the contested fields of diversity, multiculturalism, and transnationalism by examining paradigmatic changes and historical transformations in interpreting multicultural realities in North America (Québec and Canada in particular) and Europe (Germany and France in particular) since the 18th century. Through the transversal analytic lenses of politics, practices, and narratives, the IRTG investigates the mediation and translation of cultural differences in micro-, meso- and macro-level empirical constellations. On the theoretical level, the IRTG will help to untangle the conceptual confusions characterizing the current state of debate and contribute an empirically saturated, historicized operationalization of core concepts such as diversity, transculturalism, and space.

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Plusieurs étudiants candidats au doctorat séjournent à Montréal, invités par le CCEAE dans le cadre de l’IRTG. Nous vous proposons ici quelques extraits de leurs commentaires sur leur recherche et leur séjour à Montréal :

Sarah Larsen-Vefring

Diversität im Theaterwerk Robert Lepages
Rechercheaufenthalt : 05.01.-28.03.2014

Ziel meines ersten Rechercheaufenthalts in Montreal war die Sammlung von Material, welches in Deutschland nicht vorhanden ist, sowie die Diskussion meines Projekts mit Quebecer Professoren. So recherchierte ich in den Bibliotheken der UdM und der Université Laval, im CRILCQ, im CERT (Centre de recherches théâtrales, UQàM) und erhielt Zugang zu den Archiven von Ex Machina in La Caserne in Quebec Stadt. Hier war die Sichtung von Videomitschnitten von Robert Lepages Theaterstücken sowie der dazugehörigen Pressespiegel für mich von großer Bedeutung. Neben Gesprächen mit meinem Mentor Prof. Robert Schwartzwald traf ich mich u.a. mit Prof. Yves Jubinville (École supérieure de théâtre, UQàM) und dem Theaterautor und Dramaturg Larry Tremblay. Der Austausch mit den kanadischen Mitdoktoranden kam natürlich auch nicht zu kurz. Vielen Dank an das CCEAE für alle Unterstützung !

Xymena Wieczorek :
Time frame : 31st October 2013 – 15th December 2013

During my stay in Montreal, I met with IRTG and non-IRTG professors and researchers from various fields of expertise in order to discuss and advance the conceptualization and methodology of my project. So I did with Prof. Dr. Dembinska, Ania Kurpiel, Dr. Misiorowska, and Prof. Dr. Van Rahden. This was followed by frequent encounters with my supervisor Prof. Dr. Barbara Thériault, during which we exchanged and discussed emerging issues before, during, and after my fieldwork on site. In my fieldwork I was able to conduct 15 biographical-narrative interviews with Polish-Canadians, which lasted from 45 minutes up to 4 hours. My interviewees were either born in Poland or Canada, and between 21 and 36 years old. This part of my fieldwork provided me with first empirical insights concerning their (trans)migration status and its implication on their education and profession. It was a truly inspiring time with lots of work and progress. Thank you !

Njeri Rahab
Shades of Blackness
IRTG “Diversity”
Archival Research : Montreal 14.01.14-26.01.14

I had the privilege of meeting Dr. Dorothy Williams, a Black historian and president of the Black Community Resource Centre (BCRC). The BCRC is a depository for cultural, historical and bibliographic information originating from the Black community in Montreal. Also, Dr. Williams is the author of The Road to Now : A History of Blacks in Montreal (1997). The book remains the only chronological study of Blacks on the island of Montreal. Furthermore, I met Mr. Ivan Cumberbacth and Mrs. Marguerite Mukarurema of the La Ligue des Noirs du Quebec (Black Coalition of Quebec). The Coalition was formed in 1969 as one of the principal speakers of the Black community in defense of human rights. In addition to talking to some Black community speakers, I also spoke to IRTG Prof. Laurence McFalls about some possible directions and changes for my project. We also came up with possible titles for my chapters that were connected to the different histories of Blackness in Canada. Additionally, I spoke to Prof. Michele Dagenais as well. Prof. Dagenais gave me a list of some books, journals and contacts of people with expertise on the history of Black Canadians. One of them was Prof. Sean Mills at the University of Toronto, whom I met once in Toronto. *******************************************


1st Transatlantic Research Seminar in the context of the opening of the IRTG Diversity in Montreal (video conference) : Monday 17 June, 9:00-11:00 (Montreal), 15:00-17:00 (Trier)

2nd Transatlantic Research Seminar during the summer term (video conference) : Monday 15 July, 9:00-12:00 (Montreal), 15:00-18:00 (Trier)

Summer School in Otzenhausen Europäische Akademie : October 1 to 7, 2013

1st Transatlantic Research Seminar during the winter term (video conference) : Monday, October 21st, 9:00-13:00 (Montreal), 15:00-19:00 (Trier)

2nd Transatlantic Research Seminar during the winter term (video conference) : Monday, January 17, 9:00-13:00 (Montreal), 15:00-19:00 (Trier)

Winter School 2014, Europäische Akademie Otzenhausen : March 29 to April 4, 2014

Spring Lecture Series 2014 on Mondays, 10 -12:00 in Montreal and 16 - 18:00 in Trier and Saarbrücken
Of Contact Zones and Liminal Spaces : Mapping the Everyday Life of Cultural Translation
April 14 to July 14, 2014.