Biopolitical issues and minority groups

Dissolving fractured head

This research axis focuses on the study of the right for a citizen to dispose of his or her life, body and sexuality. The study of this "right" can only enter into conversation with a general change that can be seen in society, where there has been a break with former moralizing explanations, often religious, for the benefit of non-moralizing interpretations of what is normal and what is not. In particular, we can think of suicide, assisted suicide, induced abortion, and assisted procreation, sterilization, non-procreative sexual practices, voluntary and voluntary physical changes and others subjects.

It is therefore at the crossroads of eugenic (positive and negative) policies, the right to life and death and non-procreative sexual practices that this research axis will allow us to question Canadian biopolitics from traces found in archives, traces that emanate from the contact between an individual and a medical, judicial or police institution. We will pay close attention to minority groups, such as the francophone minority, and to groups minoritized by their living conditions and histories.



Isabelle Perreault, Associate Professor, Department of Criminology, University of Ottawa


Doctorate Program

  • Philippe Desmarais, Criminology Department, University of Ottawa
  • Michèle Diotte, Criminology Department, University of Ottawa
  • Laura Maude Moitoso-Grenier, Criminology Department, University of Ottawa


Master's Program

  • ​​​​​​​Stéfanie-Lee Fortin, Criminology Department, University of Ottawa
  • ​​​​​​​Bryan Hamel, Criminology Department, University of Ottawa
  • Khaled Kchouk, Criminology Department, University of Ottawa
  • Cécile Guignard, Criminology Department, University of Ottawa
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