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Class and Contention: Legacies of the Maple Spring

Critical Sociology Webinar 2022

This session was held in French with simultaneous translation in English as part of the 2022 Canadian Sociological Association Conference / Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences Congress.

2022 marks the 10-year anniversary of a mobilization wave that shape Québec’s and Canada’s recent contentious history: the Printemps Érable. In 2012, activists fought against the liberal government’s tuition hike. Mobilising thousands of students through strikes and street protests, the movement lasted several months, and mobilisations included artistic political engagements, pots and pans neighbourhood protests and the creation of local participatory democracy assemblies. For this panel, we invite important actors of the movement to spark a conversation about its legacy. What do prominent actors of the movement consider to be the most important outcomes of the 2012 protests? What new insights about the movement do they have 10 years later? In doing so, we engage in the role of what Judith Taylor has called movement scribe (2017), contributing to writing in the public and academic record the significance and legacy of the Printemps Érable.

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Co-Moderators: Barry Eidlin, McGill University and Marie-Lise Drapeau-Bisson, University of Toronto


Dimitri Della Faille, Université du Québec en Outaouais
Jaouad Laaroussi, Université du Québec à Montréal
Camille Robert, Université du Québec à Montréal
Arnaud Theurillat-Cloutier, Collège Jean de Brébeuf