On June 11th, ICUF Trustee, Professor Maeve Conrick, was awarded the the Governor General’s International Award in Canadian Studies which was presented to her in the University of Ottawa by the The International Council for Canadian Studies (ICCS). Each year, this award honours a researcher who has made an outstanding contribution to scholarship and to the development of Canadian Studies internationally.
Professor Maeve Conrick is Professor and former Principal of the College of Arts and Humanities at University College Dublin, Ireland. She was educated at UCC (First Class Honours BA and MA), the Université de Neuchâtel, Switzerland (Swiss Government Scholarship) and the Université Aix-Marseille, France (National University of Ireland Travelling Studentship in French). She completed her doctorate in Linguistics at Aix-Marseille, under the direction of Professor Georges Mounin. Her research interests are in the areas of Sociolinguistics and Applied Linguistics, with particular reference to French and English, and include Language Policy and Language Planning, Language and Gender, Canadian Studies and Québec studies. She has published extensively in those areas in books, book chapters and articles in international journals. Among her recent publications are co-edited books, Landscapes and Landmarks of Canada: Real, Imagined, (Re)Viewed (Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2017) and Multiculturalism and Integration: Canadian and Irish Experiences (Ottawa, University of Ottawa Press, 2010) and a co-authored book, French in Canada: Language Issues (Oxford, Peter Lang, 2007). She has published articles in a range of peer-reviewed international journals including the Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, International Journal of Francophone Studies, British Journal of Canadian Studies, Québec Studies and Canadian Journal of Irish Studies / Revue canadienne d’études irlandaises. In 2012 she was awarded the degree of Doctor of Literature (DLitt), a higher doctorate on published work, by the National University of Ireland.
Career distinctions to date include an appointment as Specialist Advisor to a UK House of Commons Committee and the Prix du Québec awarded by the Government of Québec. She has contributed actively to many national and international professional associations and has held office on the Executive Committee of the European Second Language Association (Treasurer) and the British Association of Applied Linguistics, as a Director of the Association internationale des études québécoises and the International Council for Canadian Studies, and as President of the Association for Canadian Studies in Ireland (two terms). She is currently a Membership Secretary of the Association of University Professors and Heads of French in Universities in the United Kingdom and Ireland (AUPHF). In 2011, she was appointed by the Irish Government as a member of the Higher Education Authority (HEA), the statutory funding authority for Irish Higher Education, and was its Deputy Chair from 2012 to 2014. She was appointed as a Board Member of the National Library of Ireland by the Irish Government in 2015.
The International Council for Canadian Studies is a not-for-profit organization that brings together twenty-three national and multinational Canadian studies associations and five associate members in thirty-nine countries. ICCS’ mandate is to promote worldwide research, teaching and publications on the study of Canada.