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Laurence Cros

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Title: Associate professor


Research Themes:

  • Canadian historiography
  • Canadian foreign policy
  • The building of national identity in Canada
  • History and fiction

Current Projects:

  • Politics and national identity in Canada
    • Presentation scheduled for October 2019 as part of the annual Congress of the Institute of the Americas. It will examine the influx of illegal asylum seekers from the Us to Canada since January 2017, when President Trump signed a series of executive orders that restricted access to refugee status. It will show that this trend is the result, not only of American political decisions, but also of the international agreements between Canada and the US as well as the political cultures currently prevalent in the two countries.
  • Historical fiction
    • With Marie-Jeanne Rossignol, coordinator of the LARCA research project on the theme “Taking a Closer Look at Historical Fiction” ,and organization of the first in a series of conferences in June 2019. Detailed project here:
    • My personal contribution to the project will be a study of the representation of Canadian history in two popular historical romances:
      • New France and he Anglo-French rivalry in 17th century North America in the French historical romance Angelique by Anne Golon
      • English Canada and late 19th century Ontario in the family saga Jalna by Mazo de la Roche

Education and Academic Positions:

Dr. Laurence Cros is an associate professor in the Department of English Studies of the Université Paris Diderot, where she teaches American and Canadian history and culture. She received the Agregation d’Anglais in 1991 and a Ph.D. in Canadian Studies from the Université Paris III- Sorbonne nouvelle in 1998. After working on the interaction between the writing of Canadian history and nation building, she went on to study how Canadian identity is defined and promoted through Canada’s foreign and domestic policies, including migration policies. While she continues to be interested in the various interactions between Canadian policies and national identity, she is beginning to develop a new research theme on historical fiction.

Administrative Responsibilities:

  • Coordinator of international relations, UFR d’Études Anglophones
  • Editor-in-chief of Études Canadiennes/Canadian Studies
  • Member of the editorial board of IdeAs – Idées d’Amérique

Research Supervision:

  • Canadian history and culture
  • National identity of Canada
  • History and fiction

Selected Publications:

  • “The Syrian Refugee Crisis, Multiculturalism Issues, and Integration in Canada”, The Oxford Handbook of Migration Crises, Cecilia Menjívar, Marie Ruiz, and Immanuel Ness eds., Oxford University Press, New York, published online September 2018,
  • “The narrative of Canada as a peacekeeping nation since the 1990s: permanence and evolution of a national paradigm”, International Journal of Canadian Studies, Fall 2015, vol. 52, p. 83-106.
  • Co-direction avec Françoise Le Jeune, Études Canadiennes, vol. 78, juin 2015 : « Presque dix ans déjà : le nouveau Canada de Stephen Harper ». Introduction : « Le Canada conservateur de Stephen Harper », p. 7-24.
  • « L’antiaméricanisme au Canada : une étude de caricatures politiques », Études Canadiennes, vol. 76, juin 2014, p. 103-132.
  • “Canada’s Entry in the Organization of American States: Change and Continuity in Canadian Identity”, International Journal: Canada’s Journal of Global Policy Analysis, September 2012, 67: 725-746.

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