The intensification of research relating to Canada and Québec as well as the support of young researchers in this area are among the major tasks of BICQS, which, owing to its interdisciplinary structure, will provide a sound basis for innovative projects employing multi-perspective approaches.

Interdisciplinary research groups have been formed in order to establish bilateral research. In the area of Cultural Studies – as part of our scientific cooperation – the interdisciplinary research project Regards croisés has been established by Helga Bories-Sawala at the University of Montréal with support from CERIUM. This project is intended to interrelate from a contemporary historical perspective the views of Canada and Québec in several European countries as well as the perception of Europe in different segments of Canadian society, as portrayed in the media and in literature.

In another research project which also involves several young scholars, Norbert Schaffeld is examining processes of identity construction in both individual and national phases of transformation against the backdrop of Shakespeare adaptations. Norbert Schaffeld is the only European scholar to have been appointed to the Advisory Board of the Canadian Adaptations of Shakespeare Project (CASP) at the University of Guelph, Ontario. CASP is one of the largest online archives on Shakespeare.