Indigenizing New France: Where Are We Now?

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Friday, January 25th, 2019

Friday, January 25, 20193:00PM - 5:00PM108N, North House, Munk School of Global Affairs
1 Devonshire Place
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From whatever subject position we “indigenize”, we are always indigenizing something–something deeply entangled with colonial processes. What has this meant in the case of New France? As early modern spatial or political phenomenon, it was elusive even to contemporaries. As historiographic artifact, it has been naturalized in startlingly different ways. Efforts to recreate the lived experience and vantage points of indigenous polities have been ongoing for decades now; in recent years, they have been deeply enriched by deliberate, community-based cultural revitalization projects. But the politics of cross-cultural knowledge remain complex, and play out differently in France, the United States, Quebec, and elsewhere in Canada. Efforts to dismantle colonialist understandings of New France are correspondingly fractured. Still, they have been fruitful, and shed important light on the workings of the early modern empires.


Catherine Desbarats

Associate Professor
Department of History and Classical Studies
McGill University

Main Sponsor

Centre for the Study of France and the Francophone World (CEFMF)


Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies

Glendon College, York University

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