Our research project—Three Centuries of Francophone Migration in North America, (1640–1940)—contributes to a better understanding of issues related to immigration, cultural diversity, and coexistence by exploring the emergence and development of French-speaking populations.
Funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), this partnership project aims to highlight the central role that Francophone migration has played in the emergence and development of North American populations across three centuries. Our team is composed of community and academic partners, scholars and students. Together, we seek to explore the collective and individual experiences of Francophones in North America over the course of 300 years.
Team members adopt innovative perspectives as they coordinate their research on Francophone migrations. These efforts involve combining heritage and academic expertise in an interdisciplinary approach; considering a diversity of spatial, social, and temporal scales; and pursuing diverse interactions between macro- and micro-level studies.
Three Research Axis
Migration Flows and Processes
We define migration patterns in terms of the territorial mobility of individuals. As for migration processes, they correspond to the factors that shape and structure mobility.
Cultural and Linguistic Flows
Linguistic practices and ideologies are defined by migration patterns and interactions between various groups serve to reveal cultural and linguistic flows. Such flows carry ideas, material culture, traditions, practices, and consumption patterns.
Migration narratives provide insight into how migrants experienced mobility and settlement in new places.