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Fri, 8 Jul 2016, 17:00 – Sat, 9 Jul 2016, 17:00 BST
Suburban, ex-urban and peri-urban spaces in Quebec and francophone Canada
According to Roger Keil, if the twentieth century was marked by urbanisation, the twenty-first is characterised by suburbanisation (‘A Suburban Revolution?’ conference, York University, September 2013). In recent years, a number of authors and filmmakers in Québec have chosen to set their work within the suburbs, including Xavier Dolan, Michael Delisle, Martine Delvaux, Stéphane Lafleur, Catherine Mavrikakis and Pierre Yergeau. There have also been special journal issues partly or wholly devoted to the theme, such as British Journal of Canadian Studies (‘Heartlands and Hinterlands’, 2011) and Liberté (‘Pour rénover nos banlieues’, 2013), as well as collections of articles and creative texts such as that by the research centre Figura entitled, Suburbia. L’Amérique des banlieues (2015). Whilst some of this literature and criticism contains an ambivalence towards or critique of the suburbs that is found in earlier works (e.g. Hamelin 1989, Monette 1995) there is also affection and nostalgia, as in Delvaux’s Rose amer (2009). These sentiments can be found in other forms of cultural production in Québec, including Arcade Fire’s hugely successful 2010 album, The Suburbs. This interdisciplinary conference looks at a variety of francophone Québécois and Canadian ‘suburban’ spaces. Given that one feature of the suburb is a difficulty in determining its borders, it will encompass a range of different ’urbs; focusing on suburban, exurban and peri-urban spaces.
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