Jean-Louis TRUDEL


Jean-Louis TRUDEL
Part-Time Professor

1990 — B.Sc., Physics, University of Ottawa
1991 — M.Sc., Astronomy, University of Toronto
1995 — M.A., History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, University of Toronto
2006 — Ph.D., History, Université du Québec à Montréal

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55 Laurier Avenue East, Room 9109
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Domain: History of science and technology; cultural history

Area: Europe, Canada

Period: Early Modern, Modern, Contemporary


Ongoing research:

Technological inventions; science and technology in Canada, including astronomy and video games; 19th-century French-Canadian patents; future-oriented imaginaries, utopias, and science fiction in French-speaking Canada


Biographic Profile:

Jean-Louis Trudel lives and work on the dividing line between Québec and Ontario, French and English, technology and history, science and science-fiction.  After graduating from the University of Ottawa in physics, he earned a couple of master’s degrees at the University of Toronto (in astronomy and in the history and philosophy of science and technology) and went on to complete a doctorate in history at the Université du Québec à Montréal on the theory of invention.  His research delves into the history of science and technology in Canada as well as the history of representations of the future in French-speaking Canada.  Topics of publications have included post-World War II engineering education in Canada, disaster scenarios in Canadian science fiction, and the history of science-fiction and fantasy in French-speaking Canada.  Topics of research include French-Canadian patents in the 19th century; Canadian instrument makers, astronomy, and chronography; and video game development in Canada.  He is also the author of over twenty books of fiction in French, both for adults and younger readers, as well as numerous short stories.

Selected Publications

  • "Science Fiction in Francophone Canada (1839-1989)", in Out of This World: Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature, Allan Weiss and Hugh Spencer, eds.  Kingston:  Quarry Press and the National Library of Canada, 1995.


  • "Born in War:  Canada's Postwar Engineers and Toronto's Ajax Division", Scientia CanadensisXXI, Numéro 50 (1997).


  • "De l'ère post-atomique au déclassement de l'humain : Imaginer le désastre total dans la science-fiction canadienne d'expression française", Ponti/Ponts 4 (2004).


  • "Une littérature de passage : la science-fiction et le fantastique franco-ontariens de 1885 à nos jours", in @nalyses : Revue de critique et de théorie littéraire, Volume 8, Numéro 2 (Printemps-été 2013)



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