October 1999

No 191

The Emergence of a New Quebec is the theme of the first one-day conference to be held by the University of Leicester Centre for Quebec Studies on 23 October 1999.

The conference will explore new trends in contemporary Quebec culture and society and is aimed at students, specialists, and the general public.

An exciting line-up of speakers will be headed by MARCO MICONE, the celebrated Montreal writer of Italian extraction who will be talking about the contribution of so-called allophones (non francophone ethnic groups) to Quebec society. As an immigrant writer himself, Mr Micone reflects on the question of the immigrant contribution to mainstream cultures, an essential issue in this era of globalization and multiculturalism.

His own contribution to Quebec's literary scene includes a theatre trilogy about the difficulties encountered by a group of immigrants in their new home, an essay on immigration and a prize-winning translation of Goldini's La Locandiera.

Other speakers will be addressing current trends in the French language in Quebec, and - linking up with a later activity - contemporary Quebec cinema. As a prologue, Dr Robert Kenny, from the University of Leicester, will be talking about Comic perceptions of New France in Eighteenth-Century France.

Finally, At 6.30, in collaboration with Phoenix Arts, the conference will present Robert Lepage's witty and compelling film, No, after a reception hosted by the Delegation generale du Quebec.

NOTE TO EDITORS The Emergence of a New Quebec will take place on 23 October 1999, from 10 am - 5 pm, in the New Building, University of Leicester. Press are welcome during the late morning.

Please contact Celine Gagnon (Adjointe administrative, Centre d'etudes quebecoises), Centre for Quebec Studies University of Leicester, University Road, Leicester LE1 7RH UK, tel: +44 (0)116 252 2685 fax: +44 (0)116 252 3633.

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