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Secularism and the Religious Signs Debate in France and Québec: A Politics-Centered Approach


Wednesday, June 2, 2021

11:00 - 12:00
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Dr. Laxer received the 2020 John Porter Tradition of Excellence Book Award for her book, Unveiling the Nation: The Politics of Secularism in France and Quebec (McGill-Queens University Press, 2019).  The  book uses a comparative lens to examine how party-political conflict shapes state responses to religious diversity in France and Québec. Both societies have seen the proliferation of highly-mediatized campaigns to restrict the wearing of (mainly Islamic) religious signs in public spaces and institutions.  This lecture proposes an alternative account, underscoring how populism, and party competition more broadly, influence the terms of belonging in immigration societies.

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  • Emily Laxer, Assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at Glendon College, York University