Nomination of a director and new research chairs to study the Francophone world
The University of Ottawa is proud to announce the nomination of four new research chairs to study the Francophone world as members of the Chaires de recherche sur le monde francophone (CRMF). Two of these researchers will work jointly with the Institut du Savoir Montfort, the research arm of Montfort Hospital.
The University is also pleased to announce that E.-Martin Meunier has been named director of the Collège des chaires, the collective organization for these chairs.
E.-Martin Meunier, who is himself a CRMF chair holder, is a professor at the School of Sociological and Anthropological Studies (Faculty of Social Sciences). He will orchestrate the development of synergies between the researchers in this network of Francophone chairs and other researchers working on the Francophonie.
“As a bilingual university, we should be proud of this new program. It is a significant contribution to the Francophonie in Ontario, across Canada and around the world.”
“I am very happy and honoured to accept this challenge,” said Professor Meunier. “This is the largest Francophone research chair program ever established in Canada.” As the person charged with promoting the program’s goals, he added that “as a bilingual university, we should be proud of this new program. It is a significant contribution to the Francophonie in Ontario, across Canada and around the world.”
While updating the mandate of the Chaires de recherche sur la francophonie canadienne program, established in 2003, the CRMF program pursues similar objectives. It will strengthen the University of Ottawa’s position as a leader in research on the Francophonie.
New research chair holders
Four new research chair holders will now be members of the Collège des chaires de recherche sur le monde francophone. They are:
- Luisa Veronis (Faculty of Arts) – Research Chair on Immigration and Franco-Ontarian Communities
As a researcher in the Department of Geography, Environment and Geomatics, Professor Veronis is known for her expertise in how immigrant populations settle in Canada. This chair will foster a better understanding of the opportunities and challenges that arise when established Francophone communities interact with immigrant populations in Ontario.
- Louise Bouchard (Faculty of Social Sciences) and Jacinthe Savard (Faculty of Health Sciences) – University of Ottawa/Institut du Savoir Montfort Joint Chair on the Health of Francophones in Ontario
Louise Bouchard is a professor at the School of Sociological and Anthropological Studies who conducts research on the health of populations and its social determinants. Jacinthe Savard is a professor at the School of Rehabilitation Sciences whose expertise lies in adapting services to the needs of Francophone minority communities in Canada. Professors Bouchard and Savard are also researchers at the Institut du Savoir Montfort.This multidisciplinary joint chair was co-created with the Institut du Savoir Montfort. The chair aims to improve our understanding of the living conditions and health of Francophones in minority communities and the language barriers they face when seeking services.
- Jonathan Paquette (Faculty of Social Sciences) – International Francophonie Research Chair on Cultural Heritage Policies
Jonathan Paquette is a researcher at the School of Political Studies who studies colonialism and cultural heritage policies in Francophone regions. This chair seeks to apply political analysis to deepen our understanding of the links between heritage policies and the decolonization of cultural heritage in Francophone areas of the world, the latter being a major issue in relations between France, Belgium, and several member states of the International Organization of la Francophonie.
Chair in Francophone Mobility
The first Chair in Francophone Mobility has been awarded to Ahmed Boubeker, a researcher at the Department of Sociology, Jean Monnet University, Saint-Étienne, University of Lyon (France). Professor Boubeker conducts research on migration, ethnicity in France and postcolonial issues. His expertise on migration-related cultural issues, and on the complexity of successive migrations (transmigrations) will contribute to our knowledge of francophone Haitian and Berber communities who take up residence in Canada.