Jacques Cherblanc

Jacques Cherblanc, Ph.D., in Religious Studies (Université du Québec à Montréal) and Political Science (Sciences Po Bordeaux), is Associate Professor and Director of the teaching unit in Religious Studies, Ethics and Philosophy at the Université du Québec in Chicoutimi. He has been working for nearly 20 years on the issues and modalities of the integration of religion and spirituality with users and stakeholders of public education, health and social services in Quebec. He is in charge of the Laboratoire d’expertise et de recherche en Anthropologie rituelle et symbolique (LERARS-UQAC). Within LERARS, he has conducted several research projects on the transformations of funeral rites, symbolic practices surrounding death and anthropological representations of death, dying and mourning. In particular, he has published Contemporary Rites and Symbols at PUQ. He is currently collaborating on a research program on the population of Lac-Mégantic and its management of the consequences of the 2013 railway disaster. He works on the meaning of Death, from an anthropological (practical) and sociological (critical) perspective.