Étudiante-chercheure étoile January 2014

Lélia Nevert, étudiant-chercheur étoile, FRQSC

Lélia Nevert

PhD student in Social and Public Communication
Université du Québec à Montréal

Award-winning publication: Les caricatures de Mahomet entre le Québec et la France

Published at: Presses de l'Université de Québec, 248 pages, 2013


"My book highlights the ways in which a French and a Québec newspaper handled the crisis over the caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed, especially with regards to the representation of religion. Through a communicational, historical, sociological and semiotic multidisciplinary approach, I analyzed all the information tools that were released, including the photographic material, titles of articles, presentations of stakeholders and editorials. The study revealed how freedom of expression and the staging of the controversy were key for Libération, while Le Devoir, seeking interfaith cohabitation, politicized the debate to a greater degree by focusing on the ethical aspect of the caricatures and the consequent issue of respect for religious beliefs."

The matter of religious representation and its place in society has sparked many public debates in recent years. In addition to developing a press analysis tool, Lélia Nevert aimed to incite media stakeholders to reflect on their practices and communicational and ideological choices. The study can be of interest to sociologists, historians and philosophers, as well as politicians faced with questions pertaining to multiculturalism and national identity. The book is also inviting to members of the clergy concerned with the image of religion and its place in France and Québec.