The Program Committee is pleased to announce the following presentation for the York Sunbury Historical Society. Presentations take place at 7:30pm in the basement of Government House (51 Woodstock Road). A reception follows the presentation and are free and open to the public.
Speaker: Dr. Chantal Richard
Topic: Nation-building and the Language of Collective Identity in Loyalist and Acadian Speeches of the 1880s
Date: January 21st, 2016
Dr. Chantal Richard, a professor at the Department of French of the
University of New Brunswick (Fredericton), has published numerous books and articles on topics such as Acadian studies, cultures and languages in contact, and computer-assisted text analysis. She is the Principal Investigator of “Vocabularies of Identity” and “Vocabularies of
Identity II”, both funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. These projects aim to digitize and analyze texts from New Brunswick newspapers in French and English published between 1880 and 1940 and include many prominent researchers from five universities in Atlantic Canada and Maine. More information can be found at https://voi.lib.unb.ca.
Dr. Richard’s topic will focus on the emergence of Loyalist and Acadian collective identities and how it provides unique insights into nation-building in New Brunswick at the end of the 19th century. These two groups, by negotiating a shared cultural space, laid the groundwork for what would eventually become the only bilingual province in Canada.