Please join us in the Gaspé Peninsula for the first bilingual English-French conference headquartered in Gaspé, Québec.
For more informations : http://www.crcprb.chaire.ulaval.ca/en/vernacular-architecture-forum/
Located on the northern tip of the Appalachians just at the Gulf of Saint Lawrence, the municipality of Gaspé covers an area of 1,100 square kilometers with a population of about 15,000. Residents in Gaspé and Percé are excited to welcome us into their towns and invite us to learn what makes this region unique. VAF activities will be focused throughout the town center of Gaspé with main activities located at the facilities at the Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Îles, the local college and former Catholic seminary. Tour days will move beyond the town, in the area of Percé and Gaspé, to focus on the cultural landscapes and built environment of the tip of the peninsula.
During the 4-day conference, registrants will have the opportunity to see firsthand how the ebb and flow of religion and economy in the Gaspé Peninsula fundamentally shaped settlement patterns, ethnic institutions, government policies, gender asymmetries, and power relations, all of which left their mark on the cultural landscapes of the region. It is through this overarching theme that conference participants will explore the everyday and the spiritual environments of “Land’s End.”
Tour stops highlight the unusually rich and varied landscapes, Catholic and Anglican parishes, outdoor sacred sites, interpretation of traditional Mi’gmaq practices, sites of former fisheries, a national park, and optional tours of Gaspe and Boneventure Island; all sites illustrate the regional patterns and unique significance of towns and villages shaped by the fluctuations of a natural resource-based economy and mass tourism. For details, follow : Schedule and Tours .
In another VAF first, the public forum workshop will bring together preservationists, scholars, and design professionals from across North American and local stakeholders to discuss the region’s particular heritage conservation challenges. Intersectorial and interdisciplinary working groups will each focus on a specific site visited on the tours. Interested citizens are also invited to discuss with the Forum participants. Along with the public forum, registrants will have the opportunity to hear an afternoon of scholarly papers, partake in traditional seafood meals, and listen to traditional stories and songs. A Mi’gmaq purification ceremony opens the Tuesday evening opening reception and closes the Friday evening banquet. For details, follow : Forum Workshop and Papers .
All conference registrants will receive a copy of historian Mario Mimeault’s, Gaspésie, Regions of Quebec Collection, A brief history 6 (Québec : Presse de l’Université Laval, 2005). This book serves as the contextual essay. Registrants will also receive two bilingual field guides, one for each of the North and South Tours.
A note about travel and costs
Reaching the Gaspé Peninsula will take some planning but we promise it is worth the trip! Travel options vary depending on the cost and amount of time you have to travel. Options include driving directly to Gaspé (especially for those in the northeastern United States and Eastern Canada); flying to Québec or Montréal and then taking second flight to Gaspé; or taking the train, bus, or renting a car for the second leg of the trip.
Once in the region, costs will be minimal – hotels are relatively inexpensive compared to more urban conferences, and all meals, with the exception of Tuesday night, the Friday evening banquet and Saturday are included in either base registration or tour registration. For details, follow : Registration , Travel and Accommodations , Practical Information , Prolonging Your Stay .
If you have any questions please contact Pascale Deschamps and Catherine McInnis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Patrimoine Gaspésie : A non-profit organisation was founded in 2000 whose mission is the protection and interpretation of the built, natural and human heritage of the Gaspé Peninsula.
Chaire de recherche du Canada en patrimoine religieux bâti de l’Université Laval
Vernacular Architecture Forum (VAF) : is an American non-profit organization founded in 1980 to encourage the study and the preservation of vernacular architecture and the everyday landscape.
All day bus Tours are included in the conference. Here's some historical informations concerning those Tours.
Dependent on the region’s rich natural resources, those who settled the narrow strip of arable land situated between forested, sharply sloped mountain and an unpredictable, though productive sea, continue to eke a living on the point of land at the mouth of the Saint-Lawrence River. The rosary of villages located on the capes and coves that define the perimeter of the peninsula tell the story of competing world views and Christian denominations; unequal access to merchant and industrial capital and political power, whether held by ecclesiastical or civil authorities; and the heroic efforts to revitalise a region impoverished by generations of out-migration through tourism and culture. The tours highlight these themes. Both Gaspé and Percé are comprised of a number of disparate villages that were annexed in the 1970s. According to the 2011 Canadian census, their combined population is less than 20,000 people and together they cover some 1,500 square kilometres, or 580 square miles. The tours range as far north as Rivière-au-Renard and as far south as Anse-à-Beaufils.
From Gaspé through Haldimand along the old 132 to Douglastown, Bougainville, Point-Saint-Peter, Malbay, Barachois, Val-d’Espoir, Percé, and Anse-à-Beaufils, the South Tour reveals the layering of Irish, Jersey and Guernesey, Loyalist, and French-Canadian occupation. Each group built particular institutions and establishments. Their material culture translates individual and collective social status, often reinforced according to linguistic division and denominational belonging. Mass tourism has replaced many of the traditional economic mainstays of fishing, foresting, and farming. New immigrants large cities erected prefabricated summer homes that look out onto the sea, changing the meaning of what was formerly regarded as a dangerous workplace while reinforcing the seasonal nature of the economy. Motels have replaced former shore lots; new businesses have been built to look like the buildings of yore.
From Gaspé centre to Rivière-au-Renard, Anse-au-Griffon, Cap-des-Rosiers, Grande Grève in Forillon National Park of Canada, Saint-Majorique and Pointe-Navarre, the North Tour is a window into the changing organisation of the fishing industry, from the subsistance activity of the Micmac to the quasi-monopolies of a few dominant cod-fish barons, to Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s centralisation of this important economic activity to a limited number of state-of-the-art harbours. Some buildings survive; others have been converted to other uses. The North Tour also examines the homes and farmsteads of people of different sociocultural and religious backgrounds, who worked in some fashion within the orbit of the historic cod-fishing enterprises. The decline in cod catches coincided with the creation of Forillon National Park of Canada. Out-migration from the region compounded with the expropriation of hundreds of families had an impact on housing typologies and land use, not to mention the parish structures of diverse Christian denominations.
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