Eric Fillion

PhD Candidate, Concordia University

Fillion is a doctoral candidate in the Department of History at Concordia University. His research focuses on the origins of Canada’s cultural diplomacy and, more specifically, on the use of music in Canadian-Brazilian relations between 1938 and 1968. This project builds on his experience as a musician – he played drums and percussion for several Montreal-based groups between 1995 and 2010 – and on his ongoing study of Quatuor de jazz libre du Quebec, a separatist free jazz ensemble associated with the Quebec left of the 1960s and 1970s. This work earned him the 2017 Political History Prize (best French language article) awarded by the Political History Group of the Canadian Historical Association. Eric Fillion is also the founder and director general of Tenzier, a nonprofit organization, whose mandate it is to preserve and disseminate archival recordings by Quebec avant-garde artists. He is the recipient of a Keith Lowther Graduate Award, a Concordia University Graduate Doctoral Fellowship, and a Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGS). In 2017, he completed a three-month research trip in Brazil with a Concordia Mobility Award and a CGS Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement.


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