Chaires de recherche sur le monde francophone

The program “Chaires de Recherche sur le Monde Francophone” (CRMF) aspires to consolidate the position of the University of Ottawa as a leader in research on Francophonie in Ontario, Canada and around the world.

The program is intended to be one of the most important generators of research on the Francophonie not only on the campus, but also in French-speaking Ontario, Canada, and around the world. It will help to position the University of Ottawa as the uncontested leader in Francophonie studies in Ontario and Canada, and as one of the leading institutions on research in French and on Francophonie studies in the world

Program’s objectives:

  • Uphold and pursue the University of Ottawa’s tradition of excellence in research on Francophonie in Ontario, Canada and around the world.
  • Promote Francophonie research in connection with the strategic areas of development in research at the University of Ottawa.
  • Encourage interdisciplinary collaboration in Francophonie research.
  • Foster the development and inclusion of new researchers on the Francophonie from here and elsewhere, at every level (master’s and Ph.D. students, postdocs, interns, researchers and professors).
  • Ensure the internal and external visibility of the CRMF research activities, especially through knowledge mobilization.

The chairs will focus on the following research areas:

  • 3 research chairs on Ontario Francophonie
  • 3 research chairs on Francophonie in Canada and the Americas (excluding Ontario)
  • 4 research chairs on Francophonie in the World
  • Francophone Mobility Chair


List of chairholders

University of Ottawa Senghor Chair

The Réseau international des Chaires Senghor de la Francophonie (RICSF) has awarded the first Senghor Chair at the University of Ottawa. With its 21 chairs, the RICSF is active in Africa, America, Asia and Europe, with a mission to develop independent research and advance knowledge about the francophone world. It aims to increase research in this area, to encourage discussion of ideas on the Francophonie and its evolution while promoting cooperation among francophone partners.

List of chairholders

Francophone Mobility Chair – Program and chairholders

As part of the CRMF program, the University of Ottawa has created a Francophone Mobility Chair to provide support to guest international researchers during their stay (two months to one year) at the University of Ottawa. 

2020-2021 chairholders

Ahmed Boubeker is a professor in the Department of Sociology at Université Jean Monnet à Saint-Étienne, Université de Lyon (France) and assistant director of the Centre Max Weber. His research focuses on migration, ethnicity in France and post-colonial issues. His work will contribute to expanding research into the migration of Haitian and Berber Francophones to Canada.

Éloïse Brezault is a professor of Francophone and African studies at Saint Lawrence University (U.S.). Her research, which will be conducted in collaboration with faculty and students from a variety of institutions across the French-speaking world, will study the construction of race and identity.

Professor Julia Ndibnu-Messina Ethé, from the University of Yaoundé I (Cameroon), will explore bilingual and multilingual teaching, as well as the use of information and communication technology (ICT) in first and second language teaching at the elementary and high school levels, with an eye to strengthening learners’ professional skills and language fluency.

Nicolas Peyre is a teacher and researcher in communications and information science at the Institute in Space, Territories, Culture and Communications Law (IDETCOM), Toulouse 1 Capitole Université (France). His research will examine French soft diplomacy in Ottawa from a Francophone perspective and the global branding of France’s public museums within the Francophonie.

Denis Provencher, a professor of French and Francophone cultural studies and director of the Department of French and Italian at the University of Arizona (U.S.), will conduct research on the experiences of diasporic racialized or immigrant Francophones who are queer and living in Canada.

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