John Porter Lecture: Dr. Geneviève Zubrzycki

Keynote Speakers

Beheading the Saint: Nationalism, Religion and Secularism in Quebec

This award winning book analyzes the discursive, ritual and visual genesis of a Catholic French-Canadian ethnic identity in the 19th century, and its transformation into a secular Québécois nationalism in the second half of the 20th century. In this lecture, Geneviève Zubrzycki will discuss how that trajectory informs current debates about the place of religious symbols in Quebec’s public sphere.

Dr. Geneviève Zubrzycki is the 2018 recipient of the John Porter Tradition of Excellence Book Award for her book Beheading the Saint: Nationalism, Religion, and Secularism in Quebec.  (2016) University of Chicago Press