Shannon Lecture Series with Jean-Philippe Warren: “Quebec as a Woodstock Nation: When counterculture meets mainstream”

October 13, 2017 at 2:30 PM

Location:Multi-Media Lab (room 482), Discovery Centre, MacOdrum Library MacOdrum Library
Key Contact:Paul Litt
Contact Phone:613-520-2828

This lecture will take place in the Multi-Media Lab (room 482), Discovery Centre, MacOdrum Library starting at 2:30PM followed by a reception in the History Lounge (433 Paterson Hall).

About Professor Jean-Philippe Warren (Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Concordia University)

headshot of Jean-Phillipe WarrenProfessor Warren is a professor of sociology at Concordia University in Montreal, and he holds degrees from Université Laval, the University of Montreal and the Ecole Normale Supérieure, in Paris. He has published over 150 articles in intellectual and scholarly journals and has published on a wide range of subjects related to the history of Quebec – including indigenous peoples, social movements, popular culture, youth, the Catholic Church And the arts. His works have appeared in journals of sociology, history, studies of religions, literature and anthropology. His book L’Engagement sociologique (Boréal) received the Clio Award and the Michel Brunet Award in 2003.  He is also the author of several books, notably Discours et pratiques de la contreculture au Québec (Sptentrion, 2015), with Andrée Fortin, and Autour de Paul-Émile Borduas (Boréal, 2011).


The 1960s can be situated on the horizon of a global wave affecting all Western societies and which included the democratization of higher education, the rise of the consumer society, and the consolidation of the middle class. However, these profound changes had specific repercussions depending on the national context, so that one can contrast the historical experiences of the United Kingdom, the United States, France and Quebec to measure the degree to which the “Sixties” were, indeed, a universal phenomenon. How did the decade lead to singular appropriations? What were the principal adaptations, interpretations and translations? By comparing Quebec with other Western societies, it is possible to shed light on a multifaceted and complex historical period that has had enduring influence on its cultural, intellectual, and social development.

Please contact Paul Litt at ideally at least two weeks in advance of this event, and at the very least one week in advance, should you wish to request interpretation services.

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