This is a busy time for QuÃ©bec Studiesl Several special dossiers are in the
works and a good number of hors-thÃ¨me articles have been submitted in reÂ
cent months. Thanks to the hard work of Kevin Christiano we have seen a
significant increase in the social science content of the journal, including the
important dossier on contemporary religious practice in volume 52.
This issue presents a special dossier on "Les Fictions de la francoamÃ©ricanitÃ©" compiled by Jean Morency of l'UniversitÃ© de Moncton and
Jimmy Thibeault of l'UniversitÃ© Sainte-Anne. While I will let their excellent
prefatory text introduce this collection of articles, I am pleased to note that
this dossier brings together articles on Franco-Canadian and Franco-AmeriÂ
can topics, as well as Amerinidian writers and FloribÃ©cois (QuÃ©bÃ©cois in
The Social Sciences are not overlooked in this issue. There is James
Trepanier's article dealing with the history of the dispute between the Ordre
de Jacques Cartier and the Knights of Columbus. This study complements
the dossier on franco-amÃ©ricanitÃ© in that it considers the relationship beÂ
tween the Franco-American experience and French-Canadian nationalism.
Alexandre Pelletier and Philippe Cousineau-Morin's article analyzes the
"mÃ©moires" submitted to the Bouchard-Taylor Commission by various civil
society groups during the reasonable accommodations debate and tells us
much about the uneasy nature of intercultural relations in contemporary
We encourage ACQS members to think about proposing special dosÂ
siers based on panels for the upcoming ACQS conference in Sarasota, but
individual articles are always welcome.
On a somber note, the ACQS officers and QuÃ©bec Studies editors (past
and present) want to pay tribute to Marjorie Fitzpatrick, former Book ReÂ
view Editor of QuÃ©bec Studies and a loyal and early supporter of ACQS and
ACSUS. Many of us at the ACSUS Conference in Ottawa this past NovemÂ
ber were shocked and saddened to hear about her untimely death.
And I end, as usual, expressing my gratitude to my outstanding ediÂ
torial team â€” Kevin Christiano, Roseanna Dufault, Patrice Proulx â€” and
the many anonymous reviewers who devote their time to assisting us in
publishing the journal. I also thank Danielle BeauprÃ© at the ACQS SecreÂ
tariat in Orono for her hard work.