Montreal Book Launch: Fear, Love, and Liberation

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 - 19:00


Join the Montreal Chapter for a book launch of Fear, Love, and Liberation in Contemporary Quebec by Alexa Conradi

When: Wednesday, April 17, 2019 from 19:00-21:00
Where: Concordia University, JMSB, 1450 Guy, facing Metro Guy-Concordi
a, corner de Maisonneuve W. Room MB-04.206 on the 4th floor

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In response to rapid and unsettling social, economic, and climate changes, fearmongering now features as a main component of public life. Right-wing nationalist populism has become a hallmark of politics around the world. No less so in Quebec.
Le Québec aime beaucoup ses lunettes roses. Elles lui permettent de chérir son image de société égalitaire, accueillante, juste et non violente. Mais il faut parfois les enlever, ne serait-ce que pour vérifier l’état du monde. Ce geste est devenu une spécialité d’Alexa Conradi.

Alexa Conradi has made it her life’s work to understand and to generate thoughtful debate about this worrisome trend. As the first President of Québec solidaire and the president of Canada’s largest feminist organisation, the Fédération des femmes du Québec, Conradi refused to shy away from difficult issues: the Charter of Quebec Values, religion and Islam, sovereignty, rape culture and violence against women, extractive industries and the treatment of Indigenous women, austerity policy and the growing gap between rich and poor. This determination to address uncomfortable subjects has made Conradi—an anglo-Montrealer—a sometimes controversial leader.

Elle se penche dans cet essai sur des sujets qui font détourner le regard: culture du viol, austérité, islamophobie, colonisation, exclusion. Avec courage et générosité, elle nous invite à jongler avec une pluralité de perspectives, pour résister à la division. Car c’est en tenant compte des savoirs féministes et postcoloniaux que nous pourrons résoudre les conflits et affronter dignement les crises qui guettent le Québec.

In Fear, Love, and Liberation in Contemporary Quebec, Conradi invites us to take off our rose-coloured glasses and to examine Quebec’s treatment of women with more honesty. Through her personal reflections on Quebec politics and culture, she dispels the myth that gender equality has been achieved and paves the way for a more critical understanding of what remains to be done.

Alexa Conradi
A passionate believer in social justice, Alexa Conradi has been actively involved in Quebec politics for 20 years. She holds a master's degree in communication on reconciliation with First Peoples and was the first elected president of Québec Solidaire from 2006 to 2009 and then of the Fédération des femmes du Québec, Canada’s largest feminist organization, from 2009 to 2015. Alexa is an award-winning author, speaker, trainer, and feminist activist.

Éprise de justice sociale, Alexa Conradi participe activement à la vie politique québécoise depuis 20 ans. Titulaire d’une maîtrise en communication portant sur la réconciliation avec les Premiers Peuples, elle a assuré la présidence de Québec Solidaire de 2006 à 2009, puis celle de la Fédération des femmes du Québec de 2009 à 2015.

  • Paperback / softback, 240 pages
  • ISBN 9781771134149
  • Coming April 2019

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