Department of History

Department of History
Department of History

Caroline-Isabelle Caron

Associate Professor
Quebec and Acadian cultural history, commemoration,
intellectual history, popular culture, fan studies


Phone: 613-533-6000, ext: 74366
Fax: 613-533-6298
Office: Watson 228
Office Hours: By appt.



Ph.D., McGill, 2001
M.A., Laval, 1996
D.É.A., E.H.E.S.S. (Paris), 1996
B.A., Laval, 1993


Caroline-Isabelle Caron joined the History department faculty in 2002.

Her specialty is 19th and 20th-century Francophone cultural history. In her research, she looks at representations of the past, in the form of genealogies and commemorations, and at representations of the future, in the form of science fiction, to get a better sense, a closer glimpse, at Acadian and Québec collective encyclopedias, in Umberto Eco's sense of the word, i.e. the sum of the experiences and representations possessed by a person, and more generally, by a collectivity, which enables them to understand their world, and act and react to various experiences. She is recently concluded a major research project on Acadian commemorations in 19th and 20th century Nova Scotia. Her new project looks at Quebec 20th-century societal anxieties as reflected in speculative fiction and media since the mid-20th century.

Courses Taught


HIST 261* History of Acadia, 1604 to today
HIST 309 Modern Québec
HIST 340 French Canada, 1830 to today
HIST 415 Québec Culture and Society, 19th-20th century


HIST 814 The Other Canadas (with Barrington Walker)
HIST 815 Québec Culture and Society, 19th-20th century

HIST 877 History, Memory, Commemoration

Principal fields for graduate supervision:

French Canada
Commemoration, memory making and historiography
Festivals and festivities
North American Popular Culture
Media Culture

Major Publications:


Se créer des ancêtres. Un parcours généalogique nord-américain, 19e-20e siècles. Sillery (Qc), Éditions du Septentrion.


Jerome : Mystery Man of Baie Sainte-Marie/Jérôme: Mystery Man of Baie Sainte-Marie, in coll. with Lise A. Robicheau, on the Great Unsolved Mysteries in Canadian History Website, Launched 15 April 2007.

2008 recipient MERLOT award for best educational website
2008 recipient Pierre Berton Award for an outstanding contribution to the popularization of Canadian history


"Patrimoine, généalogie et identité. La valorisation de la mémoire familiale au Québec et en Acadie au XXe siècle", Enfances, Familles, Générations (No.7, Fall 2007), thematic issue "La mémoire familiale. Les histoires de famille et généalogies au XXIe siècle",

"Se souvenir de l'Acadie d'antan : Représentations du passé historique dans le cadre de célébrations commémoratives locales en Nouvelle-Écosse au milieu du XXe siècle", Acadiensis, 27.2 (Spring 2007) : 55-71

"Translating Trek: Re-writing an American Icon in a Francophone Context", Journal of American Culture, 26.3 (Sept. 2003), 329-55.

"La narration généalogique en Amérique du Nord francophone. Un moteur de la construction identitaire", Ethnologies comparées. Revue en ligne du CERCE, 4 (Spring 2002) :

Book chapters:

"Of Exoduses and Raptures : A Theology of Battlestar Galactica" in Battlestar Galactica: Displacement to the Future, Barbara Silliman and James Iaccino, eds., forthcoming.

"Pour une nouvelle vision de l'Acadie" dans Balises et références. Acadies, francophonies, Martin Pâquet and Stéphane Rivard, eds., PUL (Coll. "Culture française d'Amérique-CÉFAN"), 2007 : 433-460.

"Une fondation "française" de New York? Le Tricentenaire huguenot-wallon de 1924", dans les Actes du Colloque De Québec en Amérique: l'Amérique française : Histoire et mémoire. Textes choisis du deuxième colloque de la Commission franco-québécoise sur les lieux de mémoires communs, Yves Frenette, Cécile Vidal et Thomas Wien, eds. Presses de l'Université Laval, 2006: 175-194.

"Translating Trek: Re-writing an American Icon in a Francophone Context", Journal of American Culture, 26.3 (Sept. 2003), 329-55.
--Reprinted in Television : The Critical View, 7th ed., Horace Newcomb, ed. (New York, OUP, 2006)