Appel à articles N°94 (juin 2023) Etudes canadiennes : 70 ans après le Rapport Massey : État des lieux de la culture et des politiques culturelles au Canada

Deadline: December 1, 2022

The journal Études Canadiennes/Canadian Studies is pleased to announce a special issue on Canada’s cultural policies directed by Guest Editor Dr. Sandrine Ferré-Rode (Université de Versailles-Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines), in association with Editor-in-Chief Dr. Laurence Cros (Université Paris Cité). Seventy years ago, the Report of the Royal Commission on National Development in the Arts, Letters and Sciences 1949-1951 , headed by Vincent Massey, was published. It was both the first investigation of the state of the arts and culture as well as cultural policies in Canada, and the first major plea in favor of a strategic and financial support from the federal government for culture and cultural institutions across the country. The objectives of this special issue are to take both a retrospective and prospective look at the state of cult ure and cultural policies in Canada. This will contribute to assessing the state of knowledge on the following topics, among others:

− the role played in defining objectives and priorities in Canadian cultural policy-making by the Massey Report and later reports like the Reports of the Federal Cultural Policy Review Committee (commonly known as the Applebaum-Hébert Reports) of 1981 and 1982 or, more recently, Justin Trudeau government’s Creative Canada Strategic Framework (2017);

− the history and role of cultural and heritage institutions in Canada before and after the Massey Report, but also the history and role of private foundations, corporate sponsorship and voluntary associations in culture and the arts in Canada;

− the evolution of public policies in the cultural field at the federal level, but also at the provincial level (intensified in particular by the Mulroney government in the 1980s) and at the municipal level (with the creation of Arts Councils in major Canadian cities, Public Art programs, etc.);

− the evolution of the condition of artists and creators in Canada, the impact of public policies on their agency and the role of defense associations like CARFAC (founded in 1968);

− the development of indigenous arts and culture, as well as indigenous cultural institutions ;

− the impact of free trade agreements on cultural public policies in Canada, and Canada’s leading role in championing “cultural exemption,” especially since the Mont real Declaration of 2005;

− Canada’s role in the definition and practice of cultural diplomacy (soft power).

Proposals are to be sent as a single document (Word format), to both editors ( and ), and should contain:

-a working title and an abstract (250 to 300 words )

– a brief biography (no more than 100 words).

The deadline for submission of proposals is December 1st, 2022. Notification of decisions will follow shortly afterwards.

Full articles (about 8,000 words) will need to be submitted by February 1st, 2023.

Articles should follow the formatting guide of the journal, available at

Articles will be submitted to a double peer-review process. For their articles to be published, authors must be members of the French Association of Canadian Studies (AFEC – ). Selected articles will be published in issue 94 (June 2023) of Études Canadiennes/Canadian Studies , simultaneously in printed form and as an electronic publication (open access) on

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