Revealing Democracy: Bill 94 and the challenges of religious pluralism and ethnocultural diversity in Quebec

Concordia University, November 18-20, 2010

In March, 2010, Quebec's Minister of Justice introduced in the National Assembly bill 94, An Act to establish guidelines governing accommodation requests within the Administration and certain institutions. It states:

that the practice whereby a personnel member of the Administration or an institution and a person to whom services are being provided by the Administration or the institution show their face during the delivery of services is a general practice, and that if an accommodation involves an adaptation of that practice and reasons of security, communication or identification warrant it, the accommodation must be denied.

[Full text of Bill 94, PDF 64 KB]

This conference will take the ongoing debates around bill 94, reasonable accommodation and laïcité as a point of departure to explore questions that have arisen within society with a view to inform the public debate in a dispassionate fashion and reflect on the nature of citizenship.

Keynote Lecture

Civilizational Delusions:
Secularism, Tolerance and Equality

Dr. Wendy Brown, University of California, Berkeley

Day: Thursday, November 18, 2010
Time: 7:00-9:00 pm
Place: Concordia University
EV 2.260
Engineering, Computer Science and Visual Arts Integrated Complex
1515 St. Catherine W. (corner of Guy)

Wendy Brown is Heller Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley. She is the acclaimed author of States of Injury (1995), Power and History (2001) and Regulating Aversion (2006). Her most recent book, Walled States, Waning Sovereignty, has been released this fall. For Dr. Brown's biography, please visit the Department of Political Science at UC Berkeley.

Revealing Democracy is an international conference sponsored by Concordia University and the Centre de recherche interdisciplinaire sur la diversité au Québec (CRIDAQ) at L'Université du Québec à Montréal (UQÀM).

The conference is open to the public. Registration is required.


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