This work uses historical, theoretical, and experiential lenses to examine the Québec
Student Strikes of 2012. The first section of the work offers a condensed history of the evolution
of post-secondary education (PSE) in Québec followed by a parallel review of student activism.
The second chapter focuses on different conceptions of political and public space. By focusing
on public space and the university as a changing spatial milieu and space of politics, I underline
the multiplicity and polyvalence of space, and the ways in which people like students act upon
and within spaces
to renegotiate and reclaim them. The final chapter presents conversations from
seven interviews with individuals who participated in the strike actions followed by theoretical
reflections that relate back to the central themes of citizenship, representation, and political
action and autonomy.