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Dr. Dave Poitras

Dr. Dave Poitras
E-Mail poitras.uni@gmail.com
Current Position Research Officer (Institut national de santé publique du Québec)


Nationhood at Work: An Ethnography of Workplaces in Montreal and Brussels

(Supervisors: Martin Endreß, Trier / Barbara Thériault, Montréal)

For now more than two decades, scholars have produced admirable knowledge on everyday nationhood––the nation from below. Few nevertheless based their investigations on ethnographic fieldwork; an avenue I propose to explore. My thesis investigates the experienced meanings of nationhood in the working environments of the bi-ethnic context milieus of Montreal and Brussels. By focusing on people living in areas targeted by nationalist projects, my research aims to understand the enactment of nationhood in individuals’ everyday practices and expressions. This I argue, will allow me to shed light on how nationhood is (re)produced on a daily basis and identify what is (re)produced. In doing so, I wish to deepen our understanding on the contemporary lived salience of the nation in two distinctive sociopolitical contexts.

Current Activities

Thesis Defense
Dave Poitras successfully defended his thesis on 01 July 2016. See also: http://irtg-diversity.com/index.php?page=retrospect_retrospect-2016&article=185


2013 – 2016
Doctoral Degree in Sociology, Universität Trier
Grade Summa Cum Laude for the Thesis: Nationhood at Work: An Ethnography of Workplaces in Montreal and Brussels
Visiting researcher at l'Institut de sociologie, Université Libre de Bruxelles
Master Degree in Sociology, Université de Montréal
Grade Excellent for the Thesis: Une sociologie du nationalisme vécu en Flandre
Bilateral exchange program, Université Libre de Bruxelles
Bachelor in Sociology, Université de Montréal
Mention d’excellence

Work Experience

2013 – 2016
Member and Doctoral Researcher of the International Research Training Group on Diversity: Mediating Difference in Transcultural Spaces (Universität Trier – Universität des Saarlandes – Université de Montréal).
Guest Speaker at the Université du Québec à Montréal (Summer School in Berlin, July 2015)
Co-organisator of the Panel "Becoming and Belonging" of the International Conference of the IRTG Diversity Espaces de Différences / Spaces of Difference, Université de Montréal
Teaching Assistant of the Course “Sociologie générale,” Université de Montréal: Corrector.
Teaching Assistant of the Course “Méthodes de travail universitaire,” Université de Montraé: Lecturer and Corrector
Teaching Assistant of the Course “Initiation à la recherche sociologique,” Université de Montréal: Tutor and Corrector
Fellow Researcher with the Research Group Les paysages culturels de la modernité du Centre canadien d’études allemandes et européennes
Teaching Assistant of the Course “Sociologie politique,” Université de Montréal: Corrector
Teaching Assistant of the Course “Sociologie générale,” Université de Montréal: Tutor and Corrector
Research Assistant in Sociology at l’Université de Montréal

Awards and Fellowships

Postdoctoral Scholarship of the International Research Training Group on Diversity and the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft: 7000€
2013 - 2016
Doctoral Scholarship of the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture: 60,000$
Research Scholarship of the Wallonie-Bruxelles international: 10,000€
Mobility Scholarship for Research of the Centre canadien d’études allemandes et européennes
2011 - 2012
Master Degree Scholarship, Joseph-Armand-Bombardier of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council: 20,000$
2010, 2012
Mobility Scholarship of the Ministère de l’éducation, du sport et des loisirs du Québec
2010, 2011
Mobility Scholarship of the Office franco-québécois pour la Wallonie et Bruxelles jeunesse


Nationhood at Work: An Ethnography of Workplaces in Montreal and Brussels (Bielefeld: transcript).
(upcoming) "Immigration et politiques migratoires aux Pays-Bas: Du laissez-faire de la polarisation à l’intégration obligatoire", in: Frédérick Guillaume Dufour (ed.), La Multicultiphobie: Enjeux théoriques et trajectoires historiques (Montréal: Presses de l’Université du Québec).
Nationhood as Context for Staging Personas, in: Ursula Lehmkuhl et al. (eds.), Spaces of Difference: Conflicts and Cohabitation (Münster: Waxmann).
Une mise en scène du rapport à la nation en Cacanie: Le déclin d’un empire à l’ère des nationalismes européens, Eurostudia 9:1, 22-39.
Book Review - Ireneusz Pawel Karolewksi: Citizenship and Collective Identity in Europe, London, New York, Routledge, 2010, ISBN 978-0-415-49658-2, Eurostudia 9:1, 51-54.
Le cas de la Tour d’Yser en Flandre. Mémoire, monuments commémoratifs et aménagement urbain, Eurostudia 8:1-2, 209-226.

Conference Presentations

Jun. 2015
The Dynamics of Nationhood in Working Environments: An Histoire Croisée Between Montreal and Brussels
Canadian Sociological Association Congress, University of Ottawa, Canada 04/06/2015.
Mar. 2015
De la multicultiphobie aux Pays-Bas : immigration et citoyenneté néerlandaise
Colloque pour étudiants et jeunes diplômés du Centre d’études ethniques des universités montréalaises: Penser les défis de la diversité, Université de Montréal, Canada, 20/03/2015.
Dec. 2014
The Man without Qualities: Staging Lived Nationhood
Interdisziplinäre Konferenz der DAAD-geförderten Zentren für Deutschland- und Europastudien: Wende-Punkte 1914-2014: Internationale Perspektiven auf Deutschland und Europa, Berlin, 12/12/2014.
Sep. 2014
Lived Nationhood in Flanders: From a Vulnerable Past to Today’s Success
Human Rights, Human Wrongs: Vulnerability in Comparative Perspective, University of Manitoba, Canada, 26/09/2014.
Sep. 2014
The (in)significance of Nationhood and Ethnicity in the Everyday Bi-ethnic Context of Montreal and Brussels
IRTG Diversity International Conference: Spaces of Difference: Conflicts and Cohabitation, Université de Montréal, Canada, 25/09/2014.
Jun. 2014
Shadowing Experiments as a Means to Investigate Everyday Life
Ethnography and Qualitative Research Conference, University of Bergamo, Italy, 05-07/06/2014.
May 2014
Investigating Lived Everyday Nationhood: Conceptual and Methodological Issues
Canadian Sociological Association Congress: Borders without Boundaries, Brock University, St. Catharines, Canada, 24-30/05/2014.
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