Québec-Norway (2012-2015)

Dirigé par Helge Vidar Holm (Université de Bergen, Norvè) et Daniel Chartier (Université du Québec à Montréal)

Financé par le Senter for internasjonalisering av utdanning (2012-2015)


This project will develop an original research field for the comparison of two northern cultures, Qué́bec and Norway, in an international context of circumpolar studies. It will also reinforce the expertise and the leadership of the University of Bergen in French language and Francophone studies. It will lead to a better knowledge of Norwegian studies in Canada among French-speaking students and scholars. Finally, it will continue and institutionalize a unique tradition of academic relationship in French between Québec and the University of Bergen, initiated in the 1990s.

It is also to mention that this project will greatly improve students and staff mobility between Norway and Québec. It has a high level of support both at the Department of Foreign Language, the University of Bergen and at the UQAM, where the Faculty of Arts, the CRILCQ and the Laboratoire are all enthusiastic about reinforcing this collaboration, and to find permanent ways to continue it in the future.

Our immediate plan involves permanent formation in Québec and Northern studies, through the participation of Norwegian professors and students in the numerous Higher Education seminars, workshops and collaboration sessions in Montréal, and of Québec professors and students in Norway. We will also try, in our domain of expertise, to encourage Master and PhD students to choose a collaborative supervision (UQAM-Bergen) for their master and thesis. We also hope that those activities will lead to the creation of a research project on Comparative Northern Studies at the end of this actual plan. We will also work on the signature of cooperation agreements with UQAM which would allow University of Bergen students to spend one or two semesters without having to pay tuition fees in Qué́bec universities. Both initiatives (a research project and agreements) will ensure the continuity of this collaboration.