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McGill launches new Interdisciplinary Research Centre to study Montreal

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Published: 6 Nov 2013

The Faculty of Law is pleased to be part of a new interdisciplinary research initiative, the first of its kind to be devoted to the study of Montreal.

Launched on October 18, the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research on Montreal (CIRM) draws on the Faculties of Art, Engineering, Law, and Science and also from the Schulich School of Music. Its members – representing such disciplines as architecture, communication studies, economics, geography, history, literature, law, philosophy, psychology, and urban planning – will conduct research on a wide range of Montreal subjects, ranging from the city’s architecture, culture, democratic institutions, ethnic makeup and relations, to its governance, history, languages, literatures, politics, and urban dynamics. 

CIRM members will study Montreal’s unique characteristics, as well as those it shares with other national and international urban centres.  Professor Hoi Kong, whose own research on urban governance and federalism will be relevant to the centre’s research activities co-organized the conference that launched the CIRM.

Professor Daniel Weinstock is one of the co-directors of the Centre, along with Professor Gillian Lane-Mercier (Dép. de langue et littérature françaises) and Professor Will Straw (Art History and Communication Studies). Weinstock, whose research interests include social philosophy, ethics of public policy, as well as democracy, citizenship, and pluralism, indicates that « Montréal est un intéressant laboratoire... l’idée de braquer un regard sur une ville en particulier, c’est quelque chose de très original. Le pari du [CRIEM] c’est de comprendre à fond, de voir arriver les choses. »

The launch was featured in Le Devoir, 12 octobre 2013: « Montréal à l’étude – McGill lance le premier Centre de recherche interdisciplinaire sur la métropole québécoise » http://www.ledevoir.com/politique/montreal/389898/montreal-a-l-etude

Find out more by visiting the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research on Montreal website at : http://www.mcgill.ca/centre-montreal

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