Experts in: Science
Professeur associé, Professeur émérite
- International relations
- Religions, identities and politics
- Soviet Union
- 19th century
- 20th century
- Russia (Russian Federation)
My research interests are as follows:
- The history of the Soviet Union and the consequences of its dismantlement, in particular the history of science and intellectuals, the transformation of research systems and the de-modernization of post-Soviet societies and socio-economic polarization and other effects on societies outside the post-Soviet space.
- The contemporary history of Jews and the history of Zionism and the state of Israel, in particular the connections between the Zionist movement and the political right in the West, Jewish opposition to Zionism, the development of the Jewish identity since the turn of the 20th century and the origins and spread of Christian Zionism.
- Science and higher education as factors in international relations, in particular scientific exchanges, the internationalization of education and the role of scientists in international politics.
The themes of some recently completed and current theses and dissertations:
- History textbooks in three post-Soviet states
- The historiography of some Cold War conflicts
- Franco-Romanian relations: between tradition and necessity (1949-1974)
- Pro-Israeli activities in Canada
- Jewish political and religious opposition to Zionism
- Colonization and decolonization
- Atlantic world
- New France
- 17th century
- North America
- Indigenous people
- Collective memory
My research concerns all aspects of the history of New France, and its European ramifications. I am interested in the circulation of people, goods, knowledge and information between Native and French America and Europe (1660-1800). I am continuing my work on North American fur trade routes, in a hemispheric space extending from Native American lands eastward all the way to Asia.
A project on the circulation of knowledge considers natural history as a means of appropriation, for the moment through the work of Jean-François Gaultier (1708-1756), the King's physician in Quebec City and correspondent for the Académie royale des sciences.
I am also exploring the field of historiography and popular memory, and in particular the fate of the French Regime in Canada after the Conquest of 1759.