Maxime Gohier is professor of history at Université du Québec à Rimouski (UQAR) and a specialist in First Nations history. His research focuses in particular on the relations between the Native peoples of the American Northeast and the State (French and British colonial, then Canadian), as well as on the place and role of the written word and the archive in the structuring of these relations. Since 2019, he has been directing Nouvelle-France numérique (Digital New France), a partnership and collaborative project that studies the mechanisms of documentary production and its networks of actors in New France. Exploiting the Handwritten Text Recognition (HTR) technology, the project also seeks to develop new practices for managing archival research data, in order to facilitate their large-scale sharing and to enable the use of digital technologies in the analysis of documentary heritage. Over the past three years, this project has developed the first efficient public recognition models adapted to 17th and 18th century French manuscripts. It also trained numerous researchers in the humanities and social sciences, students and professionals in the conservation of documentary heritage (archivists and librarians) in handwriting recognition software.
A member of the Centre Interuniversitaire de Recherche sur la Première Modernité (CIREM 16/18) and of the Regroupement des chercheurs en patrimoine de l'UQAR (ARCHIPEL), he is also associated with the projects Donner le goût de l'archive à l'ère numérique, Écrire l'Amérique dans le Mercure galant and Les collections du Séminaire de Québec : cerceau de la civilisation canadienne. In collaboration with these different projects teams, Maxime Gohier has organized the first edition of the Summer School on Digital Culture and Research Data Management as well as the History and Digital Culture workshop, both held in Rimouski in June 2022 on the theme "Maritime New France".