Queer Québec Colloquium

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American Council for Québec Studies (ACQS)
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In early 2013, forty years after Montreal's Théâtre de Quat'Sous first staged the queer themes of Michel Tremblay's ground-breaking Hosanna, Sans Tabou productions announced the creation of Coming Out, "la première websérie gay au Québec." For their upcoming biennial conference, the American Council for Quebec Studies joins
Contemporary French Civilization, Québec Studies, and Liverpool University Press in inviting scholars to examine and re-examine the place, role, use, and power of Québécois queer expressions as new media begin to take and shape them. For some decades, Québécois writers, artists, activists, performers, and film directors have imagined verbal, visual, and virtual forms to present queer differences to the world. Scholars from a variety of locales have also been investigating issues of queer identification, accommodation, and determination in Québec, often analyzing these queer specificities in terms related to Québec's own cultural particularities and differences. Our goal at this
colloquium is to bring together practitioners and scholars involved in a variety of creative and academic fields to examine these questions for this still-young twenty-first century and its changing expressions. As we examine and re-examine queer pasts and presents, we wish to explore what creative and scholarly tools give life to a future in/of a queer Québec.