Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Caroline-Isabelle Caron joined the Queen's University History department faculty in 2002. Her specialty is 19th and 20th-century Acadian and Québec cultural history and popular culture. In her research, she looks at representations of the past, in the form of genealogies and commemorations, and at representations of the future, in the form of science fiction, to get a better sense, a closer glimpse, at collective encyclopedias, in Umberto Eco's sense of the word, i.e. the sum of the experiences and representations possessed by a person, and more generally, by a collectivity, which enables them to understand their world, and act and react to various experiences. She is currently working on a book studying Acadian commemorations in 19th and 20th century Nova Scotia. Another current project focusses on the evolution of fannic creative production among women since the 19th century. An upcoming project will look at how science fiction in Québec has been used to exorcise collective anxieties about nationalism and ethnicity.