The FQRSC-funded research project Zones of Tension: Expressions of Conflict in Québécois and Canadian Literatures 1981-2006 was created in 2007 and brings together five leading researchers at universities in the Greater Montreal area and Sherbrooke.

Zones of Tension creates a space for interdisciplinary research on representations of conflict in recent Québécois and Canadian cultural productions. The members of this team have broken away from euphoric perceptions of multiculturalism and cultural identity, which are too often perceived as a condition for the emancipation of the Subject. They wish to explore how conflict constitutes a space of interaction for contemporary subjectivities.

 news from the team

Pierre Ouellet, Full Professor in the Département d’études littéraires / Department of Literary Studies (UQAM), Chairholder, Canada Research Chair in Esthetics and Poetics, and researcher for the Zones of Tension team, has been elected member of the Académie des lettres du Québec (Québec Academy of Letters). The Academy's goal is to use and protect language, French cultural expression, and the place of literature in our society.

Sherry Simon, Full Professor at Concordia University's Department of French Studies and researcher in the Zones of Tension team, is the recipient of a Killam Research Fellow from the Canada Council for the Arts for the project Cities in Translation: Calcutta, Trieste, Barcelona 1850-2000.

Simon Harel, Director of the Zones of Tension research team, member of the CELAT, and Full Professor at UQAM's Département d'études littéraires / Department of Literary Studies, has been named a member of the Royal Society of Canada.


Part documentary / part interview, these videos present the members of the Zones of Tension research team discussing some of the principal issues related to conflict.


The articles in the Text-dépôt (Text-Depot) are by members of the Zones of Tension research team as well as by Québec, Canadian, and international collaborators.

A recent addition to the Text-dépôt (Text-Depot): an essay by Montréal psychoanalyst David Benhaïm on questions of mass murder, genocidal trauma and cultural transmission.