Cogut Institute for the Humanities

2023. New Perspectives on New France

The webinar series, convened by Lewis Seifert, reflected the vitality of the scholarship on the 17th- and 18th-century French colonial presence in North America.

Over the past two decades, insights from the history of religion, the history of the book, environmental history, and Indigenous studies, among others, have allowed scholars to refine, but also to reframe, what we know about New France and how it diverged from the metropole, France’s later colonial projects, and the British colonies in North America. 

The series, which featured recent work by scholars Marie-Christine Pioffet (York University and Glendon College), Bertrand Van Ruymbeke (Université de Vincennes-Saint-Denis – Paris VIII), and Micah True (University of Alberta), was presented by the Center of Excellence at Brown with the support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in Washington, DC, and a gift from Pierre Sorel ’92 and Mary Ann Sorel ’92.

Image: Detail from "Carte geographiqve de la Novvelle Franse / faictte par le sievr de Champlain, Saint Tongois cappitaine ordinaire pour le roy en la marine" (1612), John Carter Library Map Collection.