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Citizenship, Democracy and Ethnocultural Diversity
Newsletter of the Queen's Forum for Philosophy and Public Policy
No. 34, September 2004

 

Contents


1. Introduction
2. Workshop on Multiculturalism and the Welfare State
3. Upcoming Conferences

4. Recent Publications
5. Call for Papers
6. Internet Resources
7. Recent International Initiatives

8. Courses and Fellowships

1. INTRODUCTION

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, of which this is the thirty-fourth 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 would like to be added to the mailing list for this newsletter, please contact us at cded@post.queensu.ca . Back-issues of the newsletter are posted on the Web on Will Kymlicka's home-page: http://www.queensu.ca/cded/newsletter.html


2. MULTICULTURALISM AND WELFARE STATE CONFERENCE

The Forum for Philosophy and Public Policy, in cooperation with the newly-established Research Group on Nationalism, Ethnicity and Multicultural Citizenship (RGONEMC), is pleased to be co-sponsoring a workshop on "Is Multiculturalism Bad for the Welfare State?", at Queen's University, on 29-30 October 2004. It will bring together experts on multiculturalism and the welfare state in Europe and the Americas, to discuss drafts of papers for a forthcoming volume on the topic. The volume will be edited by Keith Banting and Will Kymlicka, and published by Oxford University Press. Contributors include: Willem Assies (Colegio de Michoacán), Geoffrey Evans (Oxford) H.B. Entzinger (Erasmus), Rodney Hero (Notre Dame) and Rob Preuhs (University of Denver), Matt James (Victoria), Peter Kraus (Humbolt) and Karen Schoenwaelder (WZB), Nicola McEwen (Edinburgh), David Miller (Oxford), John Myles (Toronto), Anne Phillips (LSE), Stuart Soroka (McGill) and Richard Johnston (UBC), and Donna Lee Van Cott (Tulane). For further information about the workshop, contact the co-organizers, Keith Banting (bantingk@post.queensu.ca) or Will Kymlicka (kymlicka@post.queensu.ca). Their working paper on this topic, outlining the relevant issues, is posted on the RGONEMC website at: http://www.queensu.ca/politics/rgonemc/workingpapers.html


3. UPCOMING CONFERENCES

The Fifth Pan-European International Relations Conference, organized in cooperation with the Standing Group on International Relations (SGIR) and the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR), will be held at the Netherlands Congress Centre, The Hague, from September 9-11, 2004. The theme of this year's conference is "Constructing World Orders". The section of this event entitled "States, Regions and Regional World Orders" will be of particular interest to newsletter readers. For more details, contact the Conference Organisers by email at: conference2004@sgir.org or visit the detailed conference website at this address: http://www.sgir.org/conference2004/

The Human Rights Initiative of the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs will hold a two-day workshop on the theme "The Case for Cultural Rights" from September 23-24, 2004, in New York City. The workshop will bring together scholars and practitioners to consider why cultural rights have received so little attention for much of the last three decades. The workshop will lay the groundwork for the next issue of the Carnegie Council's semi-annual magazine, Human Rights Dialogue, which is devoted to the issue of cultural rights. For more information, contact: Rebecca Kraley, Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs, 170 East 64th Street, New York NY, 10021; tel: 212-838-4120 X223; fax: 212-752-2432; email: rkraley@cceia.org

The Federal Agency for Civic Education, an agency of the government of Germany, will host a conference called "Networking European Citizenship Education" in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, from September 23-26, 2004. This event will explore concepts and agendas concerning civic education in light of the geographic, political, cultural and economic changes taking place in Europe. For more information, contact: Conference Management and Registration, Anja Ostermann, Reiderweg 18, D-58285 Gevelsberg; tel: +49 (0) 2332 4199; fax: +49 (0) 2332 757056; email: info@apex-management.de

The Forum of Federations is organizing a "Global Dialogue on Democracy and Diversity" that will be held on 25 September 2004 in Barcelona, Spain. This conference is a part of the Universal Forum of Cultures 2004. The overall goal of the workshop is to contribute to the debate on governance methods, and to explore ways to strengthen and consolidate democratic systems from the point of view of federalism and other forms of political organization. For more information on this workshop, contact Diana Chebenova, Program Manager at the Forum of Federations (chebenova@forumfed.org). For more general information on all Forum of Culture events, visit: http://www.barcelona2004.org/eng/

The Centre for Research on Immigration, Ethnicity and Citizenship (CRIEC) at the Université de Quebec à Montreal is organizing an international conference entitled "Mending the Past: Memory and the Politics of Forgiveness" at UQAM in Montreal from October 13-15, 2004. The conference will study the philosophical, social and ethical issues relating to historic memory, reconciliation and dialogue, with speakers from Latin America, the US, Canada, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. For more information, contact Hugues-O. Blouin (blouin.hugues-olivier@courrier.uqam.ca), or visit the conference website at: http://www.criec.uqam.ca/colloquememoire/en/index.htm

A workshop on "The Challenge of Multiculturalism in Eastern and Central Europe" will be held at Iasi, Romania, from October 28-30, 2004, sponsored by the Open Society Foundation of Romania, the AXIS Foundation Publishing House, Al.I.Cuza University, and the Society for the Research of Religions and Ideologies (SACRI). This event will bring together distinct groups of researchers from political science, sociology, philosophy, history and other disciplines, as well as practitioners, from politicians to representatives of NGOs. The conference aims to facilitate dialogue among these different communities. The workshop will be divided into three sections: multicultural and intercultural politics, challenges and realities of multiculturalism in the ECE region, and multicultural education. For details, contact: Sandu Frunza, (Babes-Bolyai University) (email: sfrunza@yahoo.com; tel: + 40-741-676936) or Nicu Gavriluta, (Al.I. Cuza University) (email: Nicolas@uaic.ro; tel: +40-740-545234), or visit the conference website at: http://www.sacri.ro/files/multicult.htm

The 3rd Mercator International Symposium will take place in Ljouwert/Leeuwarden (Fryslân, The Netherlands) from November 25-27, 2004. The theme of this year's symposium is: "Linguistic Diversity and Education: Challenges and Opportunities". Key issues to be discussed include: comparison of educational systems in EU member states, minority languages and policy, and linguistic diversity. For further details, contact Cor van der Meer; tel: (+31) (0)58 2343063; fax: (+31) (0)58 2131409; email: cvdmeer@fa.knaw.nl; or click on "III Mercator Symposium" at the Mercator website: http://www.mercator-education.org/

The Zalman Shazar Center for Jewish History and the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life at Brandeis University will hold a conference on the subject "Justice: Communal, National and International", on December 20-21, 2004, in Jerusalem. This event will address the possible repercussions of the different perceptions of justice in light of the tension(s) between the communal, national, and global interests. For more information, contact: Zvi Yekutiel, Zalman Shazar Center for Jewish History, PO Box 4179, Jerusalem, 91041; email: kuti@shazar.org.il

The topic for this year's annual meeting of the American Society for Political and Legal Philosophy is "Moral Universalism and Particularism". The meeting will be held at the Marriot Hotel in Boston on 29-30 December 2004, in conjunction with the meetings of the American Philosophical Association. Speakers include William Galston, Benedict Kingsbury, Barbara Herman, Frank Michelman, Seyla Benhabib, Gopal Sreenivasan, William Scheuerman, Daniel Weinstock and Robin West. For more information,visit the ASPLP website at: http://www.political-theory.org/asplp.html

A conference honouring Susan Moller Okin's contributions to political theory will be held at Stanford University from February 3-5, 2005. The conference will cover the four major areas of Okin's contributions to contemporary debates: justice and the family, multiculturalism and liberalism, gender and international development and women in the history of political thought. Participants will include: Joshua Cohen, Jane Mansbridge, Iris Young, David Miller, Nancy Rosenblum, Chandran Kukathas and Molly Shanley. For more information, contact Debra Satz at: dsatz@stanford.edu

The Human Rights Initiative at the Georgia Institute of Technology is organizing a conference on "Human Rights in Crisis" on February 18-19 2005. The conference will explore the theory and practice of human rights from historical and contemporary perspectives, including in the area of women's rights, social and economic rights, culture, technology, medicine, globalization and the "War on Terror". Please submit abstracts for proposed papers, not longer than one page, as well as a short CV, to Human Rights Initiative, School of History, Technology and Society, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA 30332-0345. For inquiries, contact humanrights@inta.gatech.edu. Proposals are due by Sept. 25, 2004.

A conference called "Debating Language Policies in Canada and Europe" will be held at the University of Ottawa from March 31-April 2, 2005. This event will address issues related to the development and implementation of language policies in Canada and Europe, focussing on the foundations and aims of language policies, and the criteria used to evaluate them. Papers will be presented in English and French. For details about the conference, or to submit an abstract for consideration, contact: Linda Cardinal, Caire de recherché sur les politiques publiques et la francophonie, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada, K1N 6N5; email: Lcardina@uottawa.ca

The annual international meeting for the Conference for the Study of Political Thought will take place from April 8-10, 2005, at Columbia University, in New York City. The themes for this year's event are "the state" and "state centrism". The event aims to bring together historians, political theorists, sociologists, philosophers, and legal theorists to explore the issue of whether the state has been too central within inquiries in the human and social sciences, and if it has, what effects the state-centred approach has had. Confirmed participants include: Quentin Skinner, Gianfranco Poggi, Knud Haakonssen, Rainer Baubock and Fred Cooper. For more information, contact: David Johnston by email at: dcj1@columbia.edu

The Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism (ASEN) will host its 15th Annual Conference at the London School of Economics (LSE) from April 20-21, 2005, on the topic "Nation and Empire". Suggested themes for this year's event include: myths and memories of empire, the collapse of empire and the rise of nations, the American empire and post-imperialism, and empire's art and image. Papers submitted to the conference will also be considered for a special issue of the journal Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism. Paper proposals should be submitted on-line at the conference website (URL below). For further information, contact the ASEN 2005 Conference Committee, London School of Economics, Houghton Street, London, WC2A 2AE, UK; email: asen@lse.ac.uk; conference website: http://www.lse.ac.uk/collections/ASEN/conference2005.htm

The Centre of Canadian Studies at the University of Edinburgh will host an interdisciplinary conference exploring the theme "First Nations, First Thoughts" May 5-6, 2005, in Edinburgh, Scotland. The conference will examine the significance of Aboriginal Peoples in the development of cultural and intellectual thought in Canada. Presenters will address themes such as: indigenous knowledge and intergenerational transmission, Indigenous perspectives on kinship, Aboriginal approaches to sustainable development, Indigenous ethics, and debates about Aboriginal sovereignty, nationalism and self-determination. For more information, or to submit a paper proposal (prior to November 30, 2004), contact: Grace Owens, Centre of Canadian Studies, 21 George Square, Edinburgh EH8 9LD, Scotland; email: grace.owens@ed.ac.uk For more information visit: http://www.cst.ed.ac.uk/conferences.html

The First Global International Studies Conference will be hosted by the World International Studies Committee (WISC) at Bilgi University, in Istanbul, Turkey, from August 24-27, 2005. The conference theme is: "Bringing International Studies Together: Contrasting Approaches and Agendas". Key themes will be: migration, human rights and needs, ethics and international relations, identity issues, global civil society and the imposition of democratic norms internationally. Proposals for panels and individual paper presentations should be submitted via the conference website. Inquiries should be forwarded to the conference chairpersons committee at: rkwisc@hhh.umn.edu Details about registration, local arrangements and submitting proposals are available on the conference website: http://www.essex.ac.uk/ecpr/events/wisc/proposals.aspx


4. RECENT PUBLICATIONS (all prices in U.S. dollars).

Ackerman, Bruce & James Fishkin (2004) Deliberation Day (Yale UP) $30.00

Ahier, John et. al. (2003) Graduate Citizens: Issues of Citizenship and Higher Education (Routledge) $43.95

Bell, Christine (2003) Peace Agreements and Human Rights (Oxford UP) $120.00

Bell, Derrick (2004) Silent Covenants: Brown vs Board of Education and the Elusive Quest for Racial Justice (Oxford UP) $25.00

Bellamy, Richard et. al. (eds) (2004) Lineages of European Citizenship: Rights, Belonging and Participation in Eleven Nation-States (Palgrave) $69.95

Berdichevsky, Norman (2004) Nations, Language and Citizenship (McFarland) $45.00

Berman, Bruce, Dickson Eyoh and Will Kymlicka (eds) (2004) Ethnicity and Democracy in Africa (James Currey Ltd) $28.95

Boyer, Pierre, et al. (2004) From Subjects to Citizens: A Hundred Years of Citizenship in Australia and Canada (University of Ottawa Press) $29.95

Council of Europe (2004) Minority Rights in Europe. $88.00

Coward, Harold & Gordon S. Smith (2004) Religion and Peacebuilding (SUNY Press) $24.95

Croucher, Sheila (2004) Globalization and Belonging: The Politics of Identity in a Changing World (Rowman and Littlefield) $22.95

Darder, Antonia & Rodolfo Torres (2004) After Race: Racism after Multiculturalism (NYU Press) $19.95

Duncan, Christopher (ed) (2004) Civilizing the Margins: Southeast Asian Government Policies for the Development of Minorities (Cornell UP) $22.50

Essed, Philomena, Georg Frerks & Joke Schrijvers (2004) Refugees and the Transformation of Societies: Agency, Policies, Ethics and Politics (Berghahn) $50.00

Farrow, Douglas (ed) (2004) Recognizing Religion in a Secular Society: Essays in Pluralism, Religion and Public Policy (McGill-Queen's UP) $70.00

Heater, Derek (2004) A History of Education for Citizenship (Routledge) $139.95

Hoffman, John (2004) Citizenship beyond the State (Sage) $34.95

Ignatieff, Michael (2004) The Lesser Evil: Political Ethics in an Age of Terror (Princeton UP) $16.07

Jackson, Robert (2004) Rethinking Religious Education and Plurality: Issues in Diversity and Pedagogy (Falmer) $120.00

Joly, Daniele (ed) (2004) International Migration in the New Millennium: Global Movement and Settlement (Ashgate) $79.95

Lahav, Gallya et. al. (eds) (2004) Immigration and Politics in the New Europe: Reinventing Borders (Cambridge UP) $26.99

Larson, Brooke (2004) Trials of Nation Making: Liberalism, Race and Ethnicity in the Andes (Cambridge UP) $24.99

Park, John S.W. (2004) Elusive Citizenship: Immigration, Asian Americans and the Paradox of Civil Rights (NYU Press) $45.00

Rossabi, Morris (2004) Governing China's Multiethnic Frontiers (University of Washington Press) $50.00

Scheinin, Martin and Reetta Toivanen (eds) (2004) Rethinking Non-Discrimination and Minority Rights (Institute for Human Rights, Abo Akademi University) www.abo.fi/instut/imr

Scherrer, Christian (2003) Ethnicity, Nationalism and Violence: Conflict Management, Human Rights and Multilateral Regimes (Ashgate) $89.95

Schiffauer, Werner et al (2004) Civil Enculturation: Nation-State, Schools and Ethnic Difference in the Netherlands, Britain, Germany and France (Berghahn) $75.00 Walzer, Michael (2004) Arguing about War (Yale UP) $16.50

Weitz, Eric (2003) A Century of Genocide: Utopias of Race and Nation (Princeton UP) $29.95

Williams, Michael & Graham Humphreys (2003) Citizenship Education and Lifelong Learning (Nova Science Publishers) $69.00

Wood, Peter (2004) Diversity: The Invention of a Concept (Encounter Books) $12.57


Journal Special Issues and Symposia

A recent issue of Roma Rights (Vol. 2, 2004) is dedicated to the theme "Ethnic Statistics". Articles in this issue consider topics such as research methodology, ethnic monitoring, and EU data collection, in addition to editorials and "snapshots" related to the special theme.

A recent issue of the journal Ethical Theory and Moral Practice is dedicated to the issue of "Contextualized Morality and Ethno-Religious Diversity" (Vol. 7, No. 2, 2004). Guest editors for this issue are Veit Bader and Sawitri Saharso. Authors include Joseph Carens, Paul Van Den Berg and Chandran Kukathas.

An issue of the journal Latino Studies contains several articles on the language and politics of citizenship (Vol. 2, No. 2, July 2004). Articles consider the relationships between Latino and US citizenship, concepts of belonging, and language education in the US.

A recent issue of the journal Thesis Eleven: Critical Theory and Historical Sociology is devoted to the debate about multiculturalism (Vol. 78, No. 1, 2004). This issue contains an introductory article written by John Rundell, Vince Marotta and Alastair Davidson. In other articles the "ideology" of multiculturalism is explored through studies of the Australian "invasion complex", the ethics of the "multicultural dream", and multiculturalism and "otherness".

A recent issue of the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies contains several articles on the relationship between ethnicity and nationalism (Vol. 30, No. 4, July 2004). Daniele Conversi, Michael Banton and John Edwards contribute to this issue. Issue 46 of Philosophy Now magazine contains a series of articles on the nature of democracy. Selected articles are available free for viewing at: http://www.philosophynow.org/backissues/issue46.htm

The first issue of the Essex Human Rights Review (Vol. 1, No. 1, 2004) contains two thematic sections on human rights and ethnic conflict. The sections are entitled "The rights of the Roma" and "Defending Human Rights in Africa". They are posted at: http://projects.essex.ac.uk/ehrr


5. CALL FOR PAPERS

The editors of the journal "Global Review of Ethnopolitics" invite original papers for a special issue on the dynamics underlying electoral politics in ethnically divided societies. Free and fair elections are one of the most fundamental characteristics of democratic systems; in ethnically divided societies, elections and the rules and regulations on which they are based are especially important, because they provide important levers to guarantee (or in certain cases prevent) adequate representation of different ethnocultural groups in state institutions. The aim of this special issue is to provide empirical evidence and analysis of recent elections in ethnically divided societies, on a comparative or single-case basis, that can improve our understanding of these dynamics in concrete contexts. The deadline for submissions is: December 31, 2004. Please email your contributions as attachments to: Florian Bieber (bieberf@gmx.net) and Stefan Wolff (S.Wolff@bath.ac.uk).

A call for papers has been issued for a forthcoming volume of essays on Hannah Arendt. The volume will be entitled "Imperialism, Slavery, Race and Genocide: The Legacy of Hannah Arendt". It will seek to use Arendt's insights as a source for further investigation into the ways in which race, imperialism, slavery, and genocide are linked, and the ways in which these terms have affected the United States, Europe, and the "colonised world" in different ways. The volume is meant not as another set of essays exploring Arent's thought, but rather as an experiment in intellectual history that uses Arendtian terms and concepts to explain the racialization of the "enlightened" west. Proposals (500-1000 words) should be sent by September 30, 2004, to Richard H. King (email: Richard.king@nottingham.ac.uk) and Dan Stone (email: d.stone@rhul.ac.uk).


6. INTERNET RESOURCES

The United Nations Development Programme has recently released an extensive "Report on Democracy in Latin America", focusing in particular on issues of the nature of citizenship in the region. The Report contains statistical data on democracy in 18 Latin American countries, the results of a survey carried out among 19,000 citizens and the experiences of the main political and social leaders in the Latin American democratization process. The Report is now posted on-line at the following URL. http://www.democracia.undp.org/Default.Asp

openDemocracy.net is an online magazine of global politics and culture that posts specialised articles and provides a forum for public discussion. Recently openDemocracy has run a debate on the theme "Multiculturalism: Translating Difference". Posted articles take up several overlapping themes. One theme is "the strange career of multiculturalism" which charts the evolution, use and abuse of multiculturalism in theory, culture and politics. Another theme is "at the border", which focuses on real-world experiences with difference. http://www.opendemocracy.net/debates/issue-1-111.jsp

A new website posts the research activities of the new collaborative research initiative at the University of Ottawa called "Democratic Dialogue: Inquiry into Democracy, Education and Society". The website contains information about the democratic dialogue team, publications, speakers and conferences associated with the initiative. http://www.democraticdialogue.com

The European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI) has launched a trilingual (English/Macedonian/International Romani) homepage documenting its Romani project "Toward the Regional Integration of Roms". The website currently contains several documents and relevant information about the project and its partners: http://www.ecmirom.org


7. RECENT INTERNATIONAL INITIATIVES

Three recent international and intergovernmental initiatives may be of interest to readers.

(a) HDR 2004: The annual Human Development Report of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has taken as its theme in 2004, 'Cultural Liberty in Today's Diverse World'. The Report argues that accommodating ethnic, religious, linguistic and cultural diversity should be seen as a vital part of human development. This is the first time that the HDR has focused on the link between ethnocultural diversity and development. The Report defends a range of multiculturalism policies as a means towards eradicating poverty and building inclusive societies. The Report can be downloaded from the UNDP website: http://hdr.undp.org/reports/global/2004/

Readers may also be interested in the extensive background papers and statistical analyses used to support the Report's conclusions, which focus on a wide range of minority groups and regions of the world. These are posted at: http://hdr.undp.org/publications/papers.cfm The link between cultural liberty and human development, will be the focus of the next Global Forum on Human Development in Paris, France, January 17-19, 2005. This will be third in a series of such events started by the Human Development Report Office in 1999. The Forum is sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of France and UNDP in cooperation with Sciences-Po and IDDRI. The Human Development Forums feature the latest thinking, research, and innovation on current issues and help shape the international agenda for human development.

(b) GCIM: The Secretary-General of the UN has established a "Global Commission on International Migration" (GCIM) to help formulate recommendations on the international management of migration. The Commission's mandate includes an extensive range of research and policy analysis, leading to a final report due in mid-2005. Details on the Commission and its work can be found at: www.gcim.org

(c) Bolzano Declaration: The European Academy, in cooperation with the European Commission and the Open Society Institute, has developed a series of policy recommendations for the protection of minorities in the enlarged European Union. This "Bolzano Declaration" is one aspect of the larger project to establish a "Platform for an enriching culturally and ethnically diverse Europe" (PECEDE), which will include a range of publications and website resources. For details, see the PECEDE website at: http://www.eurac.edu/Pecede/


7. COURSES AND FELLOWSHIPS

The Department of Political Studies at Queen's University has recently established the "Fulbright Chair in Nationalism, Ethnicity and Multicultural Citizenship", which will be awarded annually to a visiting scholar from the United States. This Chair is part of the Canada-U.S. Fulbright Visiting Research Chairs Program. Applicants are welcome from scholars working on such issues as immigrant integration, multiculturalism and multicultural education, indigenous peoples, policing and minorities, affirmative action, minority nationalism, or normative theories of accommodating ethnic diversity. For details on the chair, including how to apply, visit the Fulbright website at: http://www.cies.org/award_book/award2005/award/Que5511.htm. Or contact Prof. John McGarry, Canada Research Chair in Nationalism and Democracy, Dept. of Political Studies, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada K7L 3N6. Tel: 613-533-6237; email: mcgarryj@post.queensu.ca

The Solomon Asch Center for Study of Ethnopolitical Conflict will hold its fourth Summer Institute on Ethnopolitical Conflict at the University of Pennsylvania from June 6-July 29, 2005. The 8-week Institute bridges the gap between research and practice by bringing together social scientists and practitioners to study the origins and consequences of ethnopolitical conflict, including issues relevant to working with refugees and others suffering from these conflicts. Applicants should have the Ph.D. degree, or a Masters degree augmented with significant field experience; previous Summer Fellows have included academics, clinicians, and government, military, and NGO officers. The Center expects to support approximately 15 Fellows, including tuition, travel, and living expenses. Applicants should send a cv, two letters of recommendation (flap sealed and signed by recommender), and a detailed letter describing interests, experience, and career plans. The deadline for receipt of applications is December 15, 2004. Applications should be addressed to Roy Eidelson, Executive Director, Solomon Asch Center, University of Pennsylvania, St. Leonard's Court, Suite 305, 3819-33 Chestnut Street. Philadelphia, PA 19104. Interested individuals are encouraged to review curricula for previous Summer Institutes at http://psych.upenn.edu/sacsec

The Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism (ASEN) and the journal Nations and Nationalism have established a prize to encourage young researchers to publish original scholarship in the area of ethnicity and nationalism. The prize will be awarded for the best article submitted, and the winning article will be announced at 15th Annual ASEN Conference (announced in this newsletter under "Conferences"), to be held in April 2005. The deadline for submissions is September 30, 2004. The prize includes a sum of £250, and 2 years' free membership in the ASEN, and potential publication of the winning article in Nations and Nationalism. Submissions may be made by currently enrolled post-graduate students and those with theses submitted not more than two years prior to the deadline. Submissions and enquiries should be forwarded to: Managing Editor, Nations and Nationalism, ASEN - 2nd Floor - Old Building, London School of Economics, Houghton Street, London, WC2A 2AE, UK; email: nations@lse.ac.uk

Minority Rights Group's (MRG) annual Regional Advocacy and Rights Training Seminar (ARTS) will take place from September 28-October 6, 2004. The topics covered will include: international instruments for the protection of minority rights, the UN system, Council of Europe, OSCE and European Union, issues in minority rights protection and promotion, skills for minority rights activists, advocacy, preparation of shadow reports, delivery of interventions at international fora, and negotiation techniques. This seminar is part of MRG's Southeast Europe: Diversity and Democracy Programme. For more information about the seminar, please contact Snjezana Bokulic, Central and Eastern Europe Programme Officer, Minority Rights Group International; email: mrg3.bud@tla.hu

The European University Center for Peace Studies (EPU), based in Stadtschlaining, Austria, invites students to apply to study toward a Master of Arts degree in peace and conflict studies. The EPU program was designed to provide students with intellectual skills to analyse conflicts, and underlying causes of conflicts, and to give students practical skills in peace building and related fields. Faculty come from many different countries and a variety of disciplines and emphasize a transnational, transdisciplinary perspective. For more information, or to obtain an application, go to: http://www.aspr.ac.at or contact Anita Flasch, EPU Secretary, by email epu@epu.ac.at or phone: +43-3355-2498-515.

The Empirical Project on Migration is a public education initiative that makes Canadian scholarship and expertise on migration and settlement issues available in electronic format. Empirical Project course modules are funded in part by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), and the Joint Centre of Excellence for Research on Immigration and Settlement (CERIS), and they are hosted by the University of Toronto. Modules were developed primarily for undergraduate students, but can be used flexibly at various levels depending on the relevant educational setting. Detailed information on the course modules can be found on the Empirical Project website: http://www.empirical.ca

The Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows Programme at the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) is calling for fellowship applications for 2005-6. The Fellowship programme is based at the International Forum for Democratic Studies and was established to enable democracy activists, practitioners, scholars and journalists from around the world to deepen their understanding of democracy and enhance their ability to promote democratic change. While the programme is primarily intended to support practitioners and scholars from new democracies, distinguished scholars from established democracies are also eligible to apply. For information, contact: Program Assistant, Fellowships Programs, International Forum for Democratic Studies, National Endowment for Democracy, 110112th Street, N.W., Suite 800, Washington, D.C. 20005, United States,; tel: +1 202 293 03 00; fax: +1 202 293 02 58; email: fellowships@ned.org; http://www.ned.org/forum/reagan-fascell.html . The deadline for applications is November 1, 2004.


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Special thanks to Michael Kocsis for research help, and to Lise Charlebois for help with the distribution of the newsletter.

 

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