Congratulations to Serge Miville, new chair in Franco-Ontarian History at Laurentian University

Dear colleagues in History,

It is a pleasure for me to confirm that Serge Miville has accepted a tenure-track position and research chair in Franco-Ontarian History at Laurentian University. Serge’s doctoral dissertation, supervised by Prof. Marcel Martel, is entitled “Écrire un pays: récits et identités au Canada sous la plume des historiens (1945-1982)". This work compares French- and English-Canadian intellectuals in the post-World War Two era, an era in which a “second founding” of Canada was arguably brought about. By studying together thinkers rarely put in conversation with one another, Serge explores ideas of nationalism within this fractured country. He is combing the personal archives and documenting the written and broadcast contributions of figures such as Fernand Dumont, Pierre Elliott Trudeau, George Grant, and Donald Creighton.

Serge has been awarded doctoral scholarships from both OGS and SSHRC as well as a Rene Lupien Award for the best Master’s thesis written in French at the University of Ottawa. This thesis has recently been submitted to the University of Ottawa Press with the title "Un pays qui ne sait pas mourir: l’imaginaire canadien-français dans la presse franco-ontarienne (1969-1986)". In addition to publishing a number of scholarly articles, Serge has been highly active as a conference presenter and in 2009, co-founded a pan-Canadian Francophone magazine, La Relève.

On behalf of the grad program, it’s my pleasure to send congratulations to Serge!