Still today, nearly 90 years after the end of the conflict that led to the creation of the state of Ireland, indelible traces of this civil war remain in the memory of later generations. Deleted from multiple archives and overlooked by historians, this nonetheless important period is defined by silence, absence and deliberate forgetfulness.
The goal is to analyze the long-term repercussions of this combat on the lives of the local inhabitants and those who chose to emigrate.
A project by Gavin Foster of Concordia University proposes to explore the memories that live on in the descendants of those who were a part of Ireland's Civil War and the Irish Diaspora.
The goal is to analyze the long-term repercussions of this combat on the lives of the local inhabitants and those who chose to emigrate. "By comparing the data obtained in Southwest Ireland with that from the US and Canada, it will be possible to understand the impact of emigration and exile on the construction and mediation of the historical memory related to this war", explains the researcher.
The method he is using to achieve this goal is original, to say the least: the creation of a Web-based virtual community where people around the world can react to publications and share their thoughts, memories and knowledge on the subject. Analyzing these exchanges will lead the researcher to a better understanding of the way location, uprooting, home and exile influence the marks left by national conflict.