Dr Steve Hewitt

Dr Steve Hewitt

University of Birmingham

2017 – 2018

Thanks to the Foundation Dr. Hewitt was able to make a research trip the Quebec national archives in Montreal to access original material which greatly added depth and detail relating to the history of the Front de libération du Québec (FLQ), a group that engaged in acts of violence in the 1960s and early 1970s.


He found original letters, written by two key intellectual leaders of the FLQ, Charles Gagnon and Pierre Vallières particularly interesting; some of them written by Vallières while he was in jail in New York and while he was working on drafts of his famous book, Nègres blancs d’Amérique , the struggle of the Quebecois in relation to the struggle of African Americans in the United States and to wider notions of colonisation and decolonisation. The book also represented the intellectual foundation of the FLQ.


While in Montreal he also gave a talk about his research to the Montreal History Group at McGill University and received invaluable feedback that will be incorporated into his scholarship.


Dr. Hewitt is currently working on a major research project that will result in a history of terrorism and counterterrorism in Canada that will eventually be published as a book (tentative title is Terrorising History: A History of Terrorism and Counterterrorism in Canada) by McGill-Queen’s University Press.