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Citizenship, Democracy and Ethnocultural Diversity Newsletter
of the Queen's Forum for Philosophy and Public Policy
No. 15, November 1999



1. Introduction
2. Upcoming Conferences
3. Call for Papers
4. Recent Publications
5. Internet Resources
6. Related Research Programs
7. Job Opening


The Forum for Philosophy and Public Policy at Queen's University is organizing a multi-year, research project on citizenship, democracy and minority rights in multiethnic states, under the direction of Prof. Will Kymlicka. As part of this project, the Forum distributes a quarterly newsletter updating recent developments in the field, of which this is the fifteenth issue. We hope that it will be of interest to anyone working in the field, whether in academia, public service, or various non-governmental organizations.

If you know anyone who would like to be added to the mailing list for this newsletter, or if you would like copies of the back-issues, please contact us at cded@post.queensu.ca . For further information about the research project, you can also reach us by fax at 613-533-6545.


The University of Ottawa is hosting a conference on "Shaping Nations: Constitutionalism and Society in Australia and in Canada", December 7-9, 1999. The conference is organized by the Centre for Australian Cultural Studies (University College, ADFA, Canberra), and the Institute of Canadian Studies (University of Ottawa). The sessions will include "Shaping Nations: Constitutionalism in Canada", "Shaping Nations: Colonial but New", "Republicanism and National Identity", "Governance in Australia and Canada", and others. For more information, contact Chad Gaffield, Director Institute of Canadian Studies, University of Ottawa, P.O. Box 450, Station A, Ottawa Ontario K1N 6N5; tel (613) 562-5111; fax: (613) 562-5216; e-mail: canada@uottawa.ca or visit: http://www.uottawa.ca/academic/arts/cdn/

The Fourth International Metropolis Conference will be held in Georgetown University Conference Center, Washington D.C., December 7-11, 1999. As discussed in previous newsletters, the Metropolis Project is a massive research project examining issues of immigrant integration in many countries of the world. For further information, contact Yasmin Santiago, International Migration Policy Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 1779 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington D.C. 20036; tel: (202) 939-2278; fax: (202) 332-0945; e-mail: Metropolis@ceip.org

The second international meeting of the Teachers for Tolerance will be on the theme "Tolerance, Respect and Human Rights", and will be held at Police Training College Prague, January 20-22, 2000. For further information, contact Ms. Laura Laubeova, HOST/Education for Tolerence, Kettnerova 2052, 155 00 Praha 5, Czech Republic; fax: 4202 651-4442; e-mail: laubeova@iol.cz

The 30th EUROFOR Conference will be on "Ethnic Radicalisation", in Jerusalem, January 20-23, 2000. For further information send an e-mail to migratio@zedat.fu-berlin.de or visit the EUROFOR website: http://userpage.fu-berlin.de/~migratio/

A conference on "Re-Thinking Democracy in the New Millennium" organized by James L. Gibson and Raymond Duch, Department of Political Science, University of Houston with the support of the National Science Foundation will be held at the University of Houston, Houston, Texas, February 16-19, 2000. The scope of the conference will be both retrospective -- assessing the accomplishment of the last decade -- and prospective -- identifying salient and unanswered questions for the field. For further information contact Democratization Conference, c/o Department of Political Science, University of Houston, Houston, Texas 77204-3474; tel: (713) 743-3895; fax: (713) 743-3978 or visit the conference website: http://www.uh.edu/democracy

The Centre for the Study of Human Rights at Columbia University is organizing a conference on "Tolerance and Beyond: Religions, Rights and Civil Society in the OSCE Countries", to be held Berlin, March 13-15, 2000. The conference will focus on themes including international and domestic legislation and institutions, civil society, education for tolerance. The language of the conference will be English. Those interested in presenting papers should submit an abstract (500 words) by December 1, 1999, to Dr. Elizabeth Cole, Research Director, Center for the Study of Human Rights, Columbia University, 1108 IAB, 420 W. 118th Street, New York, NY 10027; tel. (212) 854-7189; fax: (212) 854-6785; e-mail: eac30@columbia.edu

There will be two one-day conferences on multiculturalism organized by the Nordic Association for Canadian Studies (NACS) on March 20, 2000 in Oslo and March 21, 2000 in Bergen, Norway. For further information, contact John Erik Fossum, Department of Administration and Organization Theory, University of Bergen, Norway; e-mail: John.Fossum@aorg.uib.no

The Program for the Study of Germany and Europe at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University, is organizing a conference on "New Citizenship Claims and the Future of the Social Democratic Welfare State", April 7-9, 2000. For further information, contact Lisa Eschenbach, tel: (617) 495-4303 x231 or e-mail: lmeschen@fas.harvard.edu or visit: http://www.fas.harvard.edu/~ces

The 2nd International Symposium on "Aspects of Interculturality Canada and the United States: A Comparison" organized by the Centre for Canadian Studies at the University of Vienna will be held at the University of Vienna, April 12-14, 2000. The aim of the conference is to address the issues of interculturality in a comparative fashion. Proposals are invited for short papers (20 minutes) on various aspects of this topic. Send paper proposals (about 200 words in English, French or German) by December 15, 1999 to Univ. Prof. Dr. Waldemar Zacharasiewicz, Director, Department of English and American Studies, University of Vienna, Universittcampus, Hof 8, Spitalgasse 2, A 1090 Wien, Austria; fax: (43) (1) 4277-42497; e-mail: waldemar.zacharasiewicz@univie.ac.at

A Canadian-European conference on the theme "Recasting European and Canadian History: National Consciousness, Migration, Multicultural Lives" will be held in Bremen, Germany, May 18-21, 2000. The conference is organized by the European Network for Canadian Studies. For further information, contact Dr. Christiane Harzig or Prof. Dr. Dirk Hoerder, University of Bremen, Bibliothekstrasse, 28359 Bremen. Fax: (0421) 218-3625; e-mail: harzig@uni-bremen.de

The Annual Conference of the Association for Canadian Studies will be on the topic "Canadian Cultures: The Challenge of Pluralism", at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, May 27-29, 2000. The conference theme will be "Representing our Differences: Canadian Cultures at Millennium Eve". The conference intends to explore this theme from interdisciplinary angles ranging from history, geography, literary studies, native studies, politics, sociology, and urban studies. Secondary themes will include competing Canadian nationalisms, diasporas in Canada, multiculturalism. For further information, contact Gregory Slogar, Director, Communications and Programmes, Association for Canadian Studies; tel: (514) 987-7784; fax: (514) 987-3481; e-mail: acs-aec.communications@uqam.ca

The Forum for European Philosophy is organizing a conference on the theme of "Recognition: Psychoanalysis and the Politics of Difference", scheduled tentatively for June 3-4, 2000. The conference will bring together philosophers, sociologists and psychoanalysts. For further information, contact Catherine Audard, Department of Philosophy, LSE and Forum for European Philosophy, European Institute, London School of Economics, Houghton Street, London WC2A 2AE; fax: 0171 955-7546; e-mail: c.audard@lse.ac.uk, euro.forum@lse.ac.uk or visit the website of the Forum for European Philosophy: www.philosophy-forum.org

There will be an international conference organized by the Dutch National Foundation for Curriculum Development (SLO) and the Consortium of Institutions for Development and Research in Education in Europe (CIDREE) on "Emerging Democracies and Human Rights Education", Enschede, The Netherlands, June 18-21, 2000. The objective of the conference is to gain insight into democratization processes in countries such as the Eastern Bloc and South Africa as well as into issues faced by Western countries. The conference will focus in particular on the meaning and implementation of an education policy. For further information, contact Jeroen Bron, e-mail: j.bron@slo.nl or Yvonne Schnetz, fax: (31) (0) 53 484-0620; e-mail: y.schnetz@slo.nl

There will be a conference on "Exploring Cultural Differences" organized by the International Cultural Research Network (ICRN), Xi'an, China, June 28-July 3, 2000. The conference organizers welcome paper submissions. For further information, contact Annette Richardson, PhD., 7-104 Education North, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada T6G 2G5 or visit the ICRN website: http://www.telusplanet.net/public/icrn

The 12th Annual Conference on Socio-Economics on the theme "Citizenship and Exclusion", organized by the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (SASE), will be held at the London School of Economics, July 7-10, 2000. The deadline to submit proposals is December 15, 1999. For further information, visit the SASE website: http://www.sase.org.

The Centre for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Brisbane is organizing a conference on "Natural Law and Sovereignty" to be held in Brisbane, Australia, July 8-10, 2000. The conference will focus on the relation between early modern doctrines of natural law and constructions of political sovereignty. For further information or to submit paper proposals, contact Associate Professor Ian Hunter, Director, Centre for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, e-mail: CASH@mailbox.gu.edu.au or visit the Centre's website: http://www.gu.edu.au/centre/cash.html

A workshop on "Managing and Settling Ethnic Conflicts" will be held as part of the 7th ISSEI conference "Approaching a New Millennium: Lessons from the Past Prospects for the Future", Bergen, Norway, August 14-18, 2000. The workshop will focus on different types of ethnic conflict regulation across the European continent, including minority rights, territorial autonomy, federalism, power-sharing as well as bi- and multilateral conflict management. Those who are interested in submitting a proposal on any of these aspects should contact Stefan Wolff, e-mail: S.Wolff@bath.ac.uk


The School Field is an international journal of theory and research in education. The aim of the journal is to present the issue of education and its practices in the context of contemporary theoretical debates by questioning its usual boundaries and by discussing general topics that reflect current social changes and the development of educational theory. The editors of The School Field welcome paper submissions on the topic of "Justice in education" (issue 1/2) and "Education and Human Rights" (issue 3/4). For further information and submission of manuscripts, contact Mitja Sardoc, Managing Editor, The School Field: International Journal of Theory and Research in Education, Mestni trg 17, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia; fax: (386) (61) 120-1266; e-mail: info@schoolfield.com or visit the journal's website: http://www.schoolfield.com


To keep our listing manageable, and in line with the aims of our overall research project, our focus is on those publications which have a strongly theoretical and normative focus, rather than a purely descriptive or historical focus. Also, we are listing only books and journal symposia, not individual journal articles. All prices in U.S. dollars. Most of these books can be ordered through the Amazon electronic bookstore at http://www.amazon.com, which also contains more information about the contents of each book (eg., tables of contents):

Ian Barns, Patricia Harris, Alan Petersen and Janice Dudley, Poststructuralism, Citizenship and Social Policy (Routledge, 1999), $24.99.

Bill Bowring and Deirdre Fottrell (eds.) Minority and Group Rights in the New Millennium (Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1999) $ 111.00.

Alastair Davidson and Kathleen Weekley (eds.) Globalization and Citizenship in the Asia-Pacific (St Martins Press, 1999), $69.95.

Leo Driedger and Shiva Halli (eds.) Immigrant Canada: Demographic, Economic and Social Challenges (University of Toronto Press, 1999), $24.95.

Keith Faulks, Citizenship in Modern Britain (Edinburgh University Press, 1998), $25.00.

Miriam Feldblum, Reconstructing Citizenship: The Politics of Nationality Reform and Immigration in Contemporary France (State University of New York Press, 1999), $17.95.

Robert Booth Fowler, Enduring Liberalism: American Political Thought Since the 1960s (University Press of Kansas, 1999), $35.00.

Andrew Geddes and Adrian Favell (eds.) The Politics of Belonging: Migrants and Minorities in Contemporary Europe (Ashgate, 1999), $61.95.

Jean Grugel (ed.) Democracy without Borders: Transnationalization and Conditionality in New Democracies (Routledge, 1999), $90.00.

Montserrat Guibernau, Nations Without States: Political Communities in a Global Age (Blackwell, 1999), $26.95.

Leslie Holmes and Philomena Murray (eds.) Citizenship and Identity in Europe (Ashgate, 1999), $69.95.

Charles Jones, Global Justice: Defending Cosmopolitanism (Oxford University Press, 1999), $65.00.

Danielle Juteau, L'ethnicite et ses frontieres (Presses de l'Universite de Montreal, 1999)

Caren Kaplan, Norma Alarcon, Minoo Moallem (eds.) Between Woman and Nation: Nationalisms, Transnational Feminisms, and the State (Duke UP, 1999), $18.95.

John Keane, Civil Society: Old Images, New Visions (Stanford University Press, 1999), $13.56.

Andrew Linklater, The Transformation of Political Community: Ethical Foundations of the Post-Westphalian Era (Univ. of South Carolina Press, 1999), $ 19.95.

Alexander J. Motyl, Revolutions, Nations, Empires: Conceptual Limits and Theoretical Possibilities (Columbia University Press, 1999), $18.50.

Daniel Nettle, Linguistic Diversity (Oxford UP, 1999), $19.95.

Anne Phillips, Which Equalities Matter? (Blackwell, 1999), $24.95.

Ross Poole, Nation and Identity (Routledge, 1999), $24.99.

John Rawls, Law of Peoples (Harvard UP, 1999), $15.75.

Ian Shapiro, Democratic Justice (Yale University Press, 1999), $20.97.

Ian Shapiro and Casiano Hacker-Cordon (eds) Democracy's Edges (Cambridge University Press, 1999), $19.95.

Thomas Spragens, Civic Liberalism: Reflections on Our Democratic Ideals (Rowman & Littlefield, 1999), $22.95.

Steven Vertovec and Robin Cohen (eds.) Migration, Diasporas, and Transnationalism (Edward Elgar, 1999), $245.00.

Joel Westheimer and Larry Cuban, Among School Teachers: Community, Autonomy, and Ideology in Teachers' Work (Teachers College Press, 1998), $14.36.

Kosaku Yoshino (ed.) Consuming Ethnicity and Nationalism: Asian Experiences (University of Hawaii Press, 1999), $21.95.

Published Symposia/Special Issues:

The journal Orbis has a special issue on the theme of multiculturalism in history (Vol. 43, N. 4, Fall 1999) with articles by Elizabeth Fox-Genovese, William McNeill, David Gress, Stanley Wolpert, June Teufel Dreyer, and Walter McDougall.

There was a special issue of Citizenship Studies on "Cities and Citizenship in the Global Age" (Vol. 3, No. 2, July 1999), with articles by Engin Isin, Zygmunt Bauman, Martin Thom, Thomas Bender, Richard Ohmann, Iris Marion Young, and Raymond Rocco.

The most recent issue of Globe. Revue internationale d'etudes quebecoises is a special issue on linguistic coexistence, "Les enjeux de la coexistence linguistique", Pierre Coulombe, guest editor. This special issue includes articles by James Tully, Angeline Martel, Jean Dansereau, Michael MacMillan, Ines Molinaro, Luisa Domenichelli, and Tony Simons.


As part of the LGI Managing Multiethnic Communities Project a Virtual Library of Internet resources on national and ethnic minorities in Central and Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union has been created. The aim of this database is to provide guidance and assistance in accessing information on national and ethnic minorities in Central and Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union. The virtual library includes the most comprehensive list of websites on this topic. The electronic library welcomes contributions by users, as well as suggestions and comments. Those who would like to send new entries to the database can do so either directly from the website by using the on-line feedback form or by sending an e-mail to Andrea Krizsn: pphkril14@phd.ceu.hu Visit: http://www.osi.hu/lgi/ethnic/weblibrary/index.html

A new mailing list has been set up to facilitate discussion within the field of Ethnopolitics by encouraging exchange between academics and practitioners on issues related to (non-immigrant) ethnic minorities, minority rights, and the origin, development and settlement of ethnic conflicts. To subscribe, go to: http://www.mailbase.ac.uk/lists/ethnopolitics/

As we noted in newsletter #10, the Council of Europe's "Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities" was a major development in the international protection of minorities, since the Convention has some real legal force, unlike most of the other recent international declarations on minority rights, which remain mere declarations. On the other hand, the vagueness of the concepts contained within the Convention, and the number of reservations made by the signatory countries, shows how difficult it is to find a formula which will cover the very different needs and circumstances of minority groups in different countries. This Framework Convention will be a test-case for the possibility of building minority rights into the general system of human rights and international law. The European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI) has just issued an interesting report entitled "Implementing the Framework Convention", examining what has happened since the Convention came into legal force in 1998. The report can be downloaded from the ECMI website: http://www.ecmi.de/publications.htm For the text of the Convention itself, see http://www.coe.fr/eng/legaltxt/157e.htm


The Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship is a new interdisciplinary centre located in the department of Sociology at the University of Bristol, UK. The Centre, whose aim is to provide a home for interdisciplinary work on ethnicity and citizenship, has been set up in recognition of the importance of ethnicity to the study of contemporary societies and polities, and prospects for social justice and social cohesion. The centre promotes research in two broad areas: a) Ethnicity and state structures, cultural pluralism and its institutionalisation, the politics of multiculturalism and other forms of "difference", including gendered ethnicity and ethno-religious identities, minority rights and human rights, challenges to secularism, the nation-state and other aspects of conceptions of citizenship; b) Ethnicity and socio-economic structures with focus on racialized exclusion, inter-generational poverty, labour markets, health, education, ethnic stratification and social mobility, ethnic competition and ethnic networks as a local, national and transnational economic resources. The Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship promotes the study of ethnicity through funded research, publications, conferences, and seminars. It will host an international journal, "Etnicities", published by Sage from 2001. For further information on the Centre and its activities, contact Tariq Modood, Director, Department of Sociology, University of Bristol, 12 Woodland Road, Bristol BS8 IUQ, UK; e-mail: ethnicity-centre@bris.ac.uk or visit: http://www.bris.ac.uk/Depts/Sociology

A Joint Programme between the European Commission and the Council of Europe has been established on "National Minorities in Europe". This program is a co-operation between European countries in the field of national minorities. This joint program has been created as a follow up to the Action Plan adopted in October 1997 at the Second Summit of Heads of State and Government of Council of Europe member States. An initial Joint Programme between the European Commission and the Council of Europe, entitled "Minorities in Central European Countries", was carried out between the second half of 1996 and early 1998 as a measure to support the Stability Pact. In view of the success of the First Joint programme, a second programme has been launched for the period January 1999 June 2000. This programme has four new aspects: it is open to all Council of Europe member States and applicant States; it is based on a thematic approach (media, education, participation in decision-making processes etc.); it concerns sub-regional or bilateral projects; it envisages greater participation by representatives of national minorities. For further information, contact: Council of Europe, Directorate of Human Rights, Minorities Unit, F-67075 Strasbourg Cedex, France; tel: (33) (0) 3 90-21-49-05; fax: (33) (0) 3 88-41-27-93

The Commission on the Future of Multi-Ethnic Britain was set up by The Runnymede Trust in 1997 and was officially launched in early 1998 by the home secretary, Jack Straw. The Commission's present chair is Bhikhu Parekh. Its purpose is to consider the development of Britain as a multi-ethnic and multi-faith society and to make recommendations for future policy. Its recommendations will be directed not only to central government but also a wide range of other public bodies, including local authorities and police authorities. The Commission's final report will be published in summer 2000. For futher information, contact: Commission on Multi-Ethnic Britain, 133 Aldersgate Street, London EC1A; tel: 0 (171) 600-911; fax: 0 (171) 600-8999

The International Association of Centers for Federal Studies (IACFS) is an association of Centres and Institutes around the world with interests in independent research and publication about political, constitutional, legal, administrative, fiscal, economic, historical, and philosophical issues relevant to political systems which have federal features. The aim of the Association is to promote research on federalism, exchange of information, educational activities, the formation of additional institutions. Visit: http://iacfs.org/


The European Centre for Minority Issues has two job openings: one for the Director of the Centre, and one for a Research Associate. The Director is, in co-operation with the Executive Board, responsible for the management of the Centre. Requirements include a high academic profile in minority-majority relations, with experience in leading research positions. A practical background in conflict management would be an asset. The Research Associate should be able to cover the fields of international law, minority rights and human rights. Requirements include a suitable academic profile and expertise, preferably with an emphasis on south-eastern Europe. Applications should include a c.v., full professional details, a complete list and sample of publications, and be addressed to: Ambassador Peter Dyvig, Chairman of the ECMI Executive Board, c/o Astrid Voss, Schiffbruecke 12, D-24939 Flensburg, Germany, no later than 31 January 2000. For further information, please contact Ms. A. Voss at voss@ecmi.de. The job announcement can be found at: http://www.ecmi.de/jobs.htm


ANNOUNCEMENTS: If you would like to announce a new research project, publication, call for papers, or upcoming conference in a future issue of this newsletter, please contact us at cded@post.queensu.ca , or you can write to the Forum for Philosophy and Public Policy, Department of Philosophy, Queen's University, Watson Hall 313, Kingston Ontario K7L 3N6, Canada. Fax: 613-533-6545.

The Forum gratefully acknowledges the assistance of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada in funding this newsletter. Special thanks to Idil Boran for research help, and to Lise Charlebois for help with the distribution of the newsletter.

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