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Inaugural colloquium | Elbira-Zipitria Chair in Basque Studies

Friday, September 9, 2022 09:00to17:30
Faculty Club Billard Room, 3450 rue McTavish, Montreal, QC, H3A 0E5, CA

Just like Québec, Euskal Herria (Basque Country) distinguishes itself by its language, culture, and history. The Elbira-Zipitria Chair in Basque Studies inaugural colloquium proposes a day filled with discussions and workshops on Québécois and Basque perspectives when it comes to language teaching, planning, and usage. It is aimed at researchers, students, and practitioners who are interested in minority/minoritized languages. 

The establishment of the Elbira-Zipitria Chair in Basque Studies within the faculties of Arts and Engineering is the product of a collaboration between the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research on Montréal (CIRM), the Etxepare Euskal Institutua, and McGill University 

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  • 9:00 a.m.: Registration
  • 9:30 a.m.: Opening words — Nik Luka (CIRM / McGill University)
  • 9:45 a.m.: Opening talk — Daniel Weinstock (CIRM / McGill University)
  • 10:30 a.m.: Workshop — Language Teaching
    • “Elbira  Zipitria, un  pont  entre  l’école  basque  d’avant-guerre  et  le mouvement  des ikastolas du  Pays  basque” — Idoia Fernandez (University of the Basque Country)
    • “Vers une approche intégrée en immersion française au Canada” — Roy Lyster (McGill University)
    • Sharing experiences and expertise
      • Yvette Mollen (Université de Montréal)
      • Caroline Payant (Université du Québec à Montréal / Association québécoise des enseignant·e·s de français langue seconde)
      • Kawennanoron Lisa Philipps (Kanien’kehá:ka Onkwawén:na Raotitióhkwa Language and Cultural Center)
    • Discussion
  • 12:00 p.m.: Lunch
  • 1:00 p.m.: Workshop — Language Planning
    • “Our great challenge: crossing the bridge from knowledge to use” — Miren Azkarate (University of the Basque Country)
    • “Language planning in Québec: Demographic and institutional vitality of the Anglophone and Francophone communities of Québec” — Richard Bourhis (Université du Québec à Montréal)
    • Sharing experiences and expertise
      • Mélikah Abdelmoumen (Author / Editor-in-chief, Lettres québécoises)
      • Virginie Hébert (Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières)
      • Gilles Grondin (Fédération des travailleur·se·s du Québec)
    • Discussion
  • 2:30 p.m.: Break
  • 3:00 p.m.: Workshop — Language Use
    • “Euskaraldia: a new attempt to change the social norms for the use of languages” — Pablo Suberbiola (Soziolinguistika Klusterra)
    • “Les jumelages interculturels à l’enseignement supérieur” —Marie-Cécile Guillot (Université du Québec à Montréal) and Philippe Gagné (Vanier College)
    • Sharing experiences and expertise
      • Sylvie Pigeon (Union des municipalités du Québec)
      • Wim Remysen (Université de Sherbrooke)
      • Olivier Roy (Ministère de l’immigration, de la francisation et de l’intégration)
      • Fabio Scetti (CIRM / Université Paul-Valéry-Montpellier)
    • Discussion
  • 4:30 p.m.: Closing remarks, acknowledgements, and signing of the collaboration agreement
  • 5:30 p.m.: End of the event

Registration is mandatory to attend the colloquium. Spots are limited to respect social distancing. The discussions will also be livestreamed.

Please criem.cirm [at] (contact CIRM) if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms to cancel your registration.

Steering committee

  • Julie Auger (CIRM / Université de Montréal)
  • Pascal Brissette (CIRM / McGill University)
  • Stéphan Gervais (CIRM / McGill University)
  • Garbiñe Iztueta Goizueta (Etxepare Euskal Institutua)
  • Irene Larraza Aizpurua (Etxepare Euskal Institutua)
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