Quebec Studies

Feeling, Doing, Acting, Seeing, Being Queer in Québec: Michel Marc Bouchard, Rodrigue Jean, and the Queer Québec Colloquium

Quebec Studies (2015), 60, (1), 3–22.

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Feeling, Doing, Acting, Seeing, Being Queer in Québec: Michel Marc Bouchard, Rodrigue Jean, and the Queer Québec Colloquium Charles R. Batson and Denis M. Provencher Union College Denis M. Provencher University of Maryland Baltimore County Being Queer in Québec “Let’s” That was what we said, after we talked to each other back in 2012 about a queer Québec. Outstanding, ground-breaking research on the expressions of a queer Québec showed these themes to be exciting, with brilliant scholars like Dominique Fisher, Jane Moss, Robert Schwartzwald, and Tom Waugh, for example, offering exemplary writing and arguably establishing the field. We knew that journées d’études and other conferences led by important initiatives, institutions, and graduate programs had kept related conversations and scholarship alive in many places and spaces. We wanted to experience some of that energy, learn more ourselves, and, maybe, just maybe, play a role in bringing together new explorations of a queer Québec from scholars and practitioners from across several borders – artistic, generational, linguistic, disciplinary, national. So: “A conference?” “Let’s.” During a walk in downtown Montreal in the fall of that year, Robert Schwartzwald pointed to the hotel slotted to host the next biennial meeting of the American Council for Québec Studies and recommended we talk with the ACQS’s Executive Board to explore a joint venture. That recommendation, as well as a great many others Robbie made along the way, proved invaluable: almost immediately, the Board responded with their own “Let’s.” And the Queer Québec Colloquium, held within the October 2014 meeting of the ACQS, came to be, with more than sixty participants – artists, seasoned scholars, Québec Studies, 60 doi:10.3828/qs.2015.14

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Batson, Charles R.

Provencher, Denis M.