Irlandais, francophones ... et oubliés? Investigating Irish Lifeworlds in La Beauce, Québec
Complex diasporic factors brought successive waves of immigrants from Ireland to Quebec in the period 1750-1900. Today, the descendants of these immigrants comprise forty percent of French-speaking Québécois. Based on a micro-study conducted in La Beauce in rural Quebec, this lecture will explore the acculturation of Irish pioneers in a New World geographic and linguistic milieu. Cultural transfer, survival and transculturation are pivotal themes in this Québécois-Irish lifeworld—not least, ethnic (French, Irish, Scottish, English), religious (Catholic, Protestant) and linguistic (Francophone, Gaelophone, Anglophone) co-existence in an isolated diasporic habitus. Tracing the continuance of Irish traditions in French-Canadian society, the lecture will underscore the need for “deep reading” topographical analyses of Irish material and non-material culture in Québec—and elsewhere throughout the Irish diaspora.
Professor Noémie Beck holds an MA in English, a Higher Diploma in Irish Folklore, an Agrégation in English Language, and a dual Ph.D. in Irish and Celtic Studies from University College Dublin (Ireland) and Université Lumière Lyon 2 (France) for a thesis entitled: Goddesses in Celtic Religion: Cult and Mythology. A Comparative Study of Ancient Ireland, Britain and Gaul. A cultural historian, folklorist and mythologist who specializes in Irish, British and Celtic studies, she is Maître de Conférences in British and Irish Civilisation at Université Savoie Mont-Blanc (Chambéry, France). She conducted postdoctoral research on the Irish diaspora in La Beauce, Québec at the School of Irish Studies at Concordia University (2011-2013). Her most recent work focuses on Anglo-Irish relations, notably, the commemoration of the Troubles and the role of women in Irish paramilitary organizations.