Gérard Bouchard

  • Keynote Speech: Europe in Search of Europeans: The Road of Identity and Myths


    Gérard Bouchard is a Canadian intellectual and scholar. Historian and sociologist, Gérard Bouchard is Professor at the Humanities Department of Université du Québec à Chicoutimi and the holder of the Canadian Research Chair on Collective Imaginaries. He is a prolific contributor to the study of identities, social myths, inter-cultural societies and ethno-cultural diversity with a substantive record of publications and academic presentations all over the world. He also authored fictional writing publishing until now 3 novels.


    Gérard Bouchard was appointed to the French Legion of Honor in October 2002 and became a member of the Académie des Lettres du Québec in November 2003. He has received numerous awards and distinctions, including the 2000 Literary Award of the Governor General of Canada for his book, Genèse des nations et cultures du Nouveau Monde: Essai d’histoire comparée, the 2001 Gérard-Parizeau Prize for Québec History, and Honoris Causa doctorates from McGill, New Brunswick, Guelph University, Laval University and Sherbrooke University. His novel, Uashat, was chosen as one of the ten finalists for the Readers Prize (Montréal Book Fair, November 2009). His book, The Making of the Nations and Cultures of the New World, was selected as one of the five best Québec essays of the last decade (2000-2009). He was also the winner of the best lecture for The Next Big Question contest, organized by the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) in Montreal (May 2010).


    In 2007, Gérard Bouchard was named, together with Charles Taylor, as Co-President of Quebec’s Commission de consultation sur les pratiques d’accommodement reliées aux différences culturelles (CCPARDC) and together with Charles Taylor wrote the landmark 2008 Bouchard-Taylor report about reasonable accommodation of Quebec’s ethnic and religious minorities.


    In 2008-2009, Gérard Bouchard held the William Lyon Mackenzie King Research Chair of Canadian Studies (Weatherhead Center for International Affairs) at Harvard University. He was also visiting professor at Harvard University (Sociology) in 2008-2009.