Professor Maeve Conrick receives Governor General’s International Award in Canadian Studies

Posted June 28, 2017

  • First time Irish person awarded Governor General’s International Award in Canadian Studies
  • Professor Conrick also previously won the Prix du Quebec

Professor Maeve Conrick has received the Governor General’s International Award in Canadian Studies in recognition of her outstanding contribution to scholarship and to the development of Canadian Studies internationally.

This is the first time an Irish person has received this honour since it was first awarded by the International Council for Canadian Studies in 1995.

Professor Conrick’s interests are in the areas of Sociolinguistics and Applied Linguistics, with particular reference to French and English, and include Language Policy and Planning, Language and Gender, Canadian Studies and Québec studies. 

She has published extensively in those areas. Her most recent publication is a co-edited book, Landscapes and Landmarks of Canada: Real, Imagined, (Re)Viewed.

Professor Conrick, UCD College of Arts and Humanities, has held office in several national and international professional associations, including the European Second Language Association (EuroSLA) and the British Association of Applied Linguistics (BAAL).

She has also held office at the Association Internationale des Etudes Québécoises (AIEQ) and served as President of the Association for Canadian Studies in Ireland (ACSI). 

She served a term as a member of the Higher Education Authority (HEA), appointed by the Irish Government, and a term as its Deputy Chair. 

Other career distinctions include an appointment as a Specialist Advisor to a UK House of Commons Committee. Professor Conrick also previously won the Prix du Quebec.

She is currently a Trustee of the Ireland-Canada University Foundation (ICUF) and Membership Secretary of the Association of University Professors and Heads of French in the UK and Ireland (AUPHF). She is also a Board Member of the National Library of Ireland

Previous winners of the Governor General’s International Award in Canadian Studies (2016) include Alain-G. Gagnon, full Professor of Political Science at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM).

Wolfgang Klooß (2015) is Professor Emeritus of English and Canadian Studies at Universitat Trier

Claude Couture (2014) has been Professor of Social Sciences and Canadian Studies, Campus Saint-Jean, University of Alberta, since 1988. 

The International Council for Canadian Studies (ICCS), founded in 1981, is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the promotion and support of research, education and publication in all fields of Canadian Studies around the world.

The ICCS is a federation of national and multi-national Canadian Studies associations and its network links over 7,000 academics and researchers. 

By: Jamie Deasy, digital journalist, University College Dublin