Two languages, one history

Historical truth is not absolute. Our vision of history depends on our language, cultural identity and gender. The Groupe d'histoire de Montréal (Montreal History Group), directed by Denyse Baillargeon from Université McGill, brings together close to twenty researchers from nine universities in Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia who share an interest in the history of la Belle Province. The group distinguishes itself through its socialist and feminist perspective, the privileged place given to student participation and its commitment to promoting exchange between French and English historiographical traditions. The presence of researchers from the two linguistic communities has allowed the group to develop an original perspective on the history of Quebec and to propose new interpretations that take into account the interactions between the different groups that make up Quebec society, from the standpoint of gender and social class as well as ethnicity.

The researchers organize several knowledge transfer activities, including the Jeudis d'histoire, an annual series of seminars where historians from Quebec, Canada and abroad, including students, come to present the results of their work. They also organize seminars called "Muffins & Methodology", where questions relating to the use and criticism of sources are debated. In addition, the group holds an annual May Day Colloquium based on a theme related to its research activities. In 2005, under the editorship of Bettina Bradbury and Tamara Myers, the group published a collection of articles, Negotiating Identities in 19th and 20th Century Montreal (UBC Press), presenting the results of its latest research. Since that time, the group's members have published eight monographs on the theme of modernity in Montreal and Quebec, as well as numerous articles.


Groupe d'histoire de Montréal / Montreal History Group


Denyse Baillargeon, Université McGill

Regular members

  • Magda Fahrni, Université du Québec à Montréal 
  • Donald Fyson, Université Laval 
  • Karine Hébert, Université du Québec à Rimouski 
  • Suzanne Morton, Université McGill 
  • Jarrett Rudy, Université McGill 
  • Sylvie Taschereau, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières 
  • Brian Young, Université McGill