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Citizenship, Democracy and Ethnocultural Diversity
Newsletter of the Queen's Forum for Philosophy and Public Policy
No. 35, December 2004

 

 

Contents

1. Introduction
2. New Contact Information
3. Postdoctoral Fellowship in Democracy and Diversity
4. Upcoming Conferences
5. Recent Publications
6. Call for Papers
7. Internet Resources
8. Summer Schools and Fellowships
9. Related Projects


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 in the field, of which this is the thirty-fifth 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.

With this issue, we would like to make two important new announcements. First, we have new email and website addresses. Second, we are sponsoring a new postdoctoral fellowship. Details are below.


2. NEW CONTACT INFORMATION

As a result of changes to Queen's server, we are changing both our email and website addresses. Our new email address is cded@post.queensu.ca. If you would like to be added to the mailing list for this newsletter, or would like to send us material to include in future issues, please contact us at this new address.

The website address for Will Kymlicka's home-page - which contains back-issues of the newsletter, and other internet resources related to democracy and diversity - has also changed. It is now: http://post.queensu.ca/~kymlicka/


3. NEW POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP IN DEMOCRACY AND DIVERSITY

We are happy to announce a new postdoctoral fellowship program in "Democracy and Diversity" at Queen's University, funded in part by the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. The program will run from 2005-2008. Each year, one non-renewable 12-month fellowship will be awarded, working under the supervision of Prof. Will Kymlicka.

The fellowship is part of a larger nexus of activities at Queen's relating to the normative and empirical study of democracy and diversity, including the Forum for Philosophy and Public Policy; the Research Group on Nationalism, Ethnicity and Multicultural Citizenship (www.queensu.ca/politics/rgonemc); the Fulbright Visiting Professorship in Nationalism, Ethnicity and Multicultural Citizenship; the Centre for the Study of Democracy; and the Institute of Intergovernmental Relations - all of which have active programs of workshops, conferences and visiting scholars and speakers. The Fellow would be expected to participate in these various activities as appropriate, including presentation of his or her research findings, and to assist Prof. Kymlicka in the Forum's activities. The Fellow would also be expected to do some teaching (two half-courses). While "Democracy and Diversity" is to be understood expansively, and there are no pre-determined limits on the topics it may cover, Queen's has a special expertise in issues of ethnocultural diversity. Recent and ongoing activities have covered such topics as immigration and citizenship, multiculturalism and multicultural education, indigenous rights, affirmative action, historic injustice, nationalism and secession, language rights, and transnational democracy. Applicants who combine normative analysis with empirical case studies are particularly welcome. For application details, check the Philosophy Department website at: http://www.queensu.ca/philosophy/


4. UPCOMING CONFERENCES

The Centre for the Study of Ethnicity at the University of Montreal (CEETUM) is holding its 7th colloquium for new graduate students and new researchers on 24-25 February 2005. Graduate students and new researchers working in the area of ethnic relations are welcome to submit proposals for either an oral or poster presentation. Proposals must be submitted by January 7th, and can be submitted either by email (ceetum@umontreal.ca) or by filling out the online form on the CEETUM website (http://www.ceetum.umontreal.ca).

The 3rd "Diversity Matters" Forum will be held from February 28-March 2, 2005, in Kolkata, India at the Taj Bengal. The theme of the event is "Religious Diversity: Global Challenges and Local Responsibilities for the Commonwealth". This forum will look specifically at identifying multi-faith initiatives, issues and challenges for the Commonwealth with a view to recommending the establishment of a Commonwealth Multi-Faith Advisory Group. The Australian Multicultural Foundation, the Commonwealth Policy Studies Unit, the Commonwealth Foundation, The Statesman, and the Monash Institute for the Study of Global Movements are event co-ordinators. Send inquiries to: Australian Multicultural Foundation, PO Box 538, Carlton St. South, VIC 3053, Australia; fax: +61 3 9347 2218. A conference poster is available online at: http://www.amf.net.au/PDF/DMIII_Registration_Form.pdf

The Law School of the University of Vienna will host a conference on "Tolerance: Its Scope and Limits", from March 4-6, 2005. The event will involve an historical analysis of tolerance and an exploration of current interpretations. The list of speakers includes Rainer Forst, Chandran Kukathas and Susan Mendus. For more information, contact: Elisabeth Holzleithner, Institut für Rechtsphilosophie, Juridicum, Universität Wien; tel: 42 77/35 804; email: Elisabeth.holzleithner@unvie.ac.at

The University of Alabama's Department of History will host the 4th Annual "Race and Place" Conference on the theme "Borderlands and Boundaries", to be held March 10-12, 2005, in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The conference seeks to promote cutting-edge scholarship on the study of race and ethnicity, broadly defined, in a global context. Papers examining how power and difference are imagined, configured, and contested are strongly encouraged, as are critical explorations of collective cultural identities (including notions of race, ethnicity, nation, clan, lineage, family) as these are created and negotiated across geographical, temporal, and ideological boundaries. For details, contact: Gregory M. Dorr, Dept. of History, Box 870212, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL, 35487-0212; e-mail: gdorr@bama.ua.edu For examples of past Race and Place conference programs, please visit: http://www.ua.edu/academic/colleges/raceandplace/

A conference on "Dual Citizenship - Rights and Security in an Age of Terror" will be held at the University of Toronto from March 17-19, 2005, by the Joint Initiative in German and European Studies, Toronto, and the Social Science Research Council, New York. The purpose of the conference is to identify global trends towards convergence and nationally- specific variations in approaches to dual citizenship. The keynote speaker is Seyla Benhabib, who will speak on "Transformations of Citizenship". For further information contact: Thomas Faist (email: Thomas.faist@utoronto.ca)

On March 23-25, 2005, the Université libre de Bruxelles and the Université de Montréal are organizing an international conference on the topic "La citoyenneté dans tous ses états". For more information, contact: Françoise Vandenbroeck, Pôle Bernheim, ULB, Avenue FD Roosevelt 39, C.P. 172, B 1050 Bruzelles; tel: ++3226504483; email: fvandenbroeck@admin.ulb.ac.be

In co-operation with the Trudeau Foundation, the 21st Century Trust is organizing a conference on "Politics and Ethnicity: Communities, the State and Managing Changing Relationships" to take place at Merton College, University of Oxford, from April 1-9, 2005. For more information, or for an application to attend this event, contact: John Lotherington, Director, 21st Century Trust, 25 Museum St., London, WC1A 1JT, UK; tel: +44(0)207-323 2099; fax: +44(0)207-323 2088; email: trust@21stcenturytrust.org or visit the 21st Century Trust website: http://www.21stCenturyTrust.org

The Association for the Study of Nationalities (ASN) will host its 10th Annual World Convention for the Study of Nationalities from April 14-16, 2005, at the International Affairs Building, Columbia University, New York. Sponsored by the Harriman Institute, this major inter-disciplinary conference will focus on the theme: "Understanding Nationalism: Identity, Empire, Conflict." For more information, contact: Association for the Study of Nationalities Harriman Institute, Columbia University, 1216 IAB, 420 West 118th Street, New York, NY 10027; tel: 212 854 8487; fax: 212 666 3481; email: gnb12@columbia.edu or visit the convention CFP: http://www.nationalities.org/ASN_cfp_2005.pdf

"Rethinking European Spaces: Territory, Borders, Governance" is a conference sponsored by the Departments of Politics and International Relations at the Royal Holloway, University of London. The conference will examine the spatial dynamics of contemporary Europe, particularly the connection between spaces, borders and governance and the complex dynamics of Europeanization that arise with them. The event will take place from April 21-22, 2005. The deadline for abstracts/proposals is January 31, 2005. Forward enquiries to: Chris Rumford, Royal Holloway, chris.rumford@rhul.ac.uk; or visit the conference website: http://www.chrisrumford.org.uk/rethinking_european_spaces.htm

A Basque Fellowship Workshop on "Respecting Linguistic Diversity in the European Union: Improvement or Standstill after the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights?" will take place on May 17th-18th, 2005, at St. Antony's College, Oxford University. The aim of the workshop is to analyse the implications of the new constitutional framework of the EU for linguistic diversity. The principle organizer for this event is: Dr. Xabier Arzoz, University of the Basque Country, Bilbao, and Basque Visiting Fellow, Oxford University; email: Xabier.arzoz@sant.ox.ac.uk

On May 25-27, 2005, the International Council for Canadian Studies (ICCS) will host its biennial multidisciplinary conference in partnership with the University of Ottawa and Carleton University. The purpose of the conference is to stimulate research on issues faced by Canadian society in view of the challenges of multiculturalism and globalization. Themes for the event include: images of Canada, perceptions of Canada, and comparative viewpoints. For further details, contact the ICCS at contact@iccs-ceic.ca or go to: http://www.iccs-ciec.ca/pages/a10_iccs_biennial_conf/a_may_05_en.html

The Citizenship Education Research Network (CERN) will hold its 6th International CERN Forum during the 2005 Annual Conference of the Canadian Society for Studies in Education (CSSE). This Forum will take place May 28-31, 2005, at the University of Western Ontario, as part of the Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities. This year's CSSE theme is: "Empire and Education: The Challenge of Teaching and Learning in a Time of War." For complete information, visit the conference webpage: http://www.csse.ca/Conference/Conference.htm

The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, in conjunction with the Center for Jewish Education at the University of Haifa, is organizing an international conference on "Education for Citizenship in Societies in Conflict" on 29 May to 1 June 2005, to be held in Jerusalem and Haifa. For more information, contact Dr. Halleli Pinson, conference coordinator, at citizenship@univ.haifa.ac.il

An Interdisciplinary Nordic conference on "Crossroads, Debating Women's Rights, Racism and Religion", will take place from May 30-June 1, 2005, at the University of Oslo, Norway. The conference is sponsored by the Norwegian Research Council and the University of Oslo. Its aim is to address the complexities surrounding human rights and freedom of religious beliefs from a feminist perspective and to address some of the conflicts between religious systems based on gender-specific rights and obligations and secular democratic ideals. Send questions and inquiries by email to: post@kilden.forskningsradet.no or: tel: + 47 24 05 59 95 or visit the conference website: http://kilden.forskningsradet.no/nyhet/crossroads.htm

A conference on "Migration, Religion and Secularism - a Comparative Approach (Europe and North America)" will be held in Paris from June 17-18, 2005. Sponsored by the University of Paris - Sorbonne and Ecole Normale Superieure, the event will be a workshop format with papers distributed in advance. Those interested in attending should contact conference representatives at the following email address: secularization@hotmail.com

The International Institute of Sociology Congress will take place in Stockholm, Sweden, from July 6-9, 2005. One session will deal with the impact of the globalization of English on other languages and cultures ("English and Cultures: Frontiers and Crossroads"). For further details, contact: Daphne Romy-Masliah, tel: +41795423508; fax: +41227470038; drm@ip-worldcom.ch

The Institute for Citizenship and Globalization at Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia, will host an event called: "The Politics of Recognition: Identity, Respect and Justice" from July 30-31, 2005. The conference will have a mix of plenary sessions with invited papers, and open discussions. Papers from academics, researchers, activists, community groups and policy makers will be presented. Keynote speaker is Nancy Fraser. Proposals should be sent by March 31, 2005, to: Michael Leach: citglob@deakin.edu.au Further details are posted on the conference website: http://www.deakin.edu.au/arts/icg/Recognition/

"Indigenous Women and Feminism: Culture, Activism, Politics" is a conference at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, taking place August 25-28, 2005. Organized by Jean Barman, Shari Huhndorf, Jeanne Perrault and Cheryl Suzack, the event will explore increasingly important questions about indigenous women and their work on behalf of civil rights and sovereignty. For details, contact: Jean Barman (email: Jean.Barman@ubc.ca) or Shari Huhndorf (email: sharih@darkwing.uoregon.edu) or Jeanne Perrault (email: perraul@ucalgary.ca) or Cheryl Suzack (email: csuzack@ualberta.ca).

The 18th Biennial Conference of the Canadian Ethnic Studies Association (CESA) will examine "Toward Social Justice: Illusions, Realities, Possibilities". The conference will be held on October 13-16, 2005 in Ottawa. Conference organizers welcome proposals for papers and sessions that address the topics of ethnicity, immigration, diversity, and multiculturalism in Canada as they relate to social justice. Proposals are due by March 31, 2005. For more information, contact CESA at cesa@ucalgary.ca.


5. RECENT PUBLICATIONS (prices in U.S. dollars)

Andersen, John & Birte Siim (eds) (2004) The Politics of Inclusion and Empowerment: Gender, Class and Citizenship (Palgrave) $69.95

Beach, Charles et al (eds) (2004) Canadian Immigration Policy for the 21st Century (McGill-Queen's UP) $34.95

Braun, Stefan (2004) Democracy Off-Balance: Freedom of Expression and Hate Propoganda Law (University of Toronto Press) $35.00

Brochmann, Grete (ed) (2003) The Multicultural Challenge (JAI Press) $90.00

Chandler, David (2004) Constructing Global Civil Society: Morality and Power in International Relations (Palgrave) $69.95

Dobson, Lynn & Andreas Follesdal (2004) Political Theory and the European Constitution (Routledge) $115.00

Edmunson, William (2004) An Introduction to Rights (Cambridge) $21.99

Elster, Jon (2004) Closing the Books: Transitional Justice in Comparative Perspective (Cambridge) $24.99

Galston, William (2005) The Practice of Liberal Pluralism (Cambridge) $26.99

Gijsberts, Merove, Louk Hagendoorn and Peer Scheepers (2004) Nationalism and Exclusion of Migrants: Cross-National Comparisons (Ashgate) $89.95

Gould, Carol (2004) Globalizing Democracy and Human Rights (Cambridge) $24.99

Ingram, David (2004) Rights, Democracy and Fulfillment in the Era of Identity Politics (Rowman & Littlefield) $27.95

Jacobs, Lesley (2003) Pursuing Equal Opportunities: The Theory and Practice of Egalitarian Justice (Cambridge) $23.99

Jordan, B & F. Duvell (2003) Migration: The Boundaries of Equality and Justice (Polity) $24.95

King, Desmond (2005) The Liberty of Strangers: Making the American Nation (Oxford UP) $29.95

Mackie, Gerry (2003) Democracy Defended (Cambridge) $29.99

May, Larry (2004) Crimes Against Humanity: A Normative Account (Cambridge) $25.99

May, Stephen, Tariq Modood & Judith Squires (eds) (2004) Ethnicity, Nationalism and Minority Rights (Cambridge UP) $29.99

Mundel, Karsten & Daniel Schugurensky (eds) (2004) Lifelong Learning, Participatory Democracy and Social Change (Transformative Learning Centre, OISE/University of Toronto) $40.00

Nathans, Eli (2004) The Politics of Citizenship in Germany: Ethnicity, Utility and Nationalism (Berg) $26.95

Tan, Kok-Chor (2004) Justice Without Borders: Cosmopolitanism, Nationalism, and Patriotism (Cambridge UP) $25.99

Taylor, Paul (2003) Race: A Philosophical Introduction (Polity) $28.95

Taylor, Rupert (ed) (2004) Creating a Better World: Interpreting Global Civil Society (Kumerian) $24.95

Tierney, Stephen (2004) Constitutional Law and National Pluralism (Oxford) $104.32

Wimmer, Andreas (ed) (2004) Facing Ethnic Conflict: Towards A New Realism (Rowman & Littlefield) $28.95


Journal Special Issues and Symposia

A recent issue of the journal Ethnic and Racial Studies contains seven essays on the subject of "racial hierarchy" (Vol. 26, No. 6, November 2004). The volume is guest edited and introduced by Miri Song. Articles on racial literacy, identity construction, racial stratification and "tri-racialism" are included.

An issue of the journal Constellations: An International Journal of Critical and Democratic Theory contains two symposia of interest: "Constitution-Making in Divided Societies" and "Debating the Claims of Culture" (Vol. 11, No. 2, June 2004).

A symposium on "faithful citizenship" was recently published in an issue of Momentum (Vol. 35, No. 3, 2004), a journal of the National Catholic Educational Association. Articles explore the implications of faithful citizenship, as well as challenges posed by mass culture and other contemporary forces.

A special issue of the journal Encounters is dedicated to the theme: "Citizenship Education: theory, research and practice" (Vol. 4, Fall 2003). This issue is guest edited by Daniel Schugurensky and John P. Myers.

An issue of the International Journal of Educational Research contains a series of articles on citizenship and citizenship education (Vol. 39, No. 6, 2003). These articles examine civic education in Italy, Hong Kong and Estonian- and Russian-speaking schools in Estonia.

The Chicago-Kent Law Review had a recent symposium on "Law and Cultural Conflict", edited by Sarah Harding (Vol. 78, No. 2, 2003), focusing on a range of American legal cases arising from racial and religious diversity.

A recent issue of the journal Africa Development contains several articles on citizenship and rights in specific African countries and regions (Vol. 28, Nos. 1/2, 2003).

A recent issue of the Journal on Ethnopolitics and Minority Issues in Europe (JEMIE) is dedicated to the theme: "Europeanization and Conflict Resolution: Case Studies from the European Periphery" (Issue 1/2004). To view these articles, go to the JEMIE website: http://www.ecmi.de/jemie/specialfocus.html

The Fall 2004 issue of "Local Government Brief" (LGB) focuses on the issue of diversity management with public administration. This issue is entitled "Harmony through diversity: The Role of Public Administration". LGB is produced by the "Managing Multiethnic Communities Program" of the Open Society Institute. Issues of LGB are posted at: http://lgi.osi.hu/publications.php. For a print copy, contact lgipublications@osi.hu

The most recent issue of Citizenship Studies (Vol. 8/3, 2004), is devoted to analysing how the governance of security, post 9/11, is affecting our theories and practices of citizenship. Edited by Peter Nyers, the issue includes essays by Engin Isin, William Walters, Davina Bhandar, Benjamin Muller, Daiva Stasiulus and Barry Hindess.


6. CALL FOR PAPERS

A special issue of the journal Canadian Journal of Education will be dedicated to the theme "Democracy and Education" The issue will examine democracy and education over time, in different national contexts, and through an interdisciplinary lens. The editors seek submissions in English or French which address varying definitions of democracy as supported or challenged by education, both formal and informal, and as involving people of various ages, political and social orientations. Guest editors for this special issue are Sharon Anne Cook and Joel Westheimer, of the Democratic Dialogue project (www.democraticdialogue.com). Deadline for the submission of articles is March 31, 2005. Questions about this special issue should be addressed to: Sharon Anne Cook, Faculty of Education, University of Ottawa, Ottawa K1N 6N5, Ontario; email: scook@uottawa.ca. Or visit the CJE's website: www.csse.ca/CJE/home.htm


7. INTERNET RESOURCES

Global Mappings: A Political Atlas of Transnational Black Politics is a pilot website project of 58 scholarly entries designed to demonstrate the relationship between world historical events of the 20th century and political phenomena of transnational black politics. This interactive atlas underscores the global significance of black political mobilization, as well as the contours of political networks, ideologies and institutions across national boundaries. http://diaspora.northwestern.edu/welcome.html

The Diversity Gateway gives access to policy-related research and learning on diversity issues in Canada. The site includes "Diversity at a Glance", a statistical summary of Canada's changing make-up, and "Research in Brief", a summary of selected CPRN research reports in shorter formats. http://www.cprn.org/en/diversity.cfm

The Diversity Toolkit website is part of a research project to assist teachers, students, scholars and activists aiming to promote the acceptance of differences within schools and communities. The website below offers a variety of on-line resources, funding sources, glossaries, examples of projects, and selected readings related to diversity and social justice. http://www.ucalgary.ca/~dtoolkit/

The Global Commission on International Migration (GCIM) has published on-line 16 papers in the series "Global Migration Perspectives". The purpose of the series is to contribute to the current discourse on global migration issues, and to assist the Global Commission in formulating policy options and proposals for its final report. http://www.gcim.org/ir_gmp.htm

A new online series of papers entitled "European Diversity and Autonomy Papers" (EDAP) has been launched by the Institute for Studies on Federalism and Regionalism and the Institute for Minority Rights both located at the European Academy Bolzano/Bozen in South Tyrol. The new series posts papers focusing on different aspects of the European "Unity in Diversity" debate, including the role of regional and minority autonomy in the process of European integration and expansion. http://www.eurac.edu/edap


8. SUMMER SCHOOLS AND FELLOWSHIPS

The Central European University in Budapest has released its annual line-up of summer courses, and as always it includes several of potential interest to readers. Courses include "Ethnicity and Nationalism", directed by Ashutosh Varshney; "History and Nationalism in Central Asia", directed by Ablet Kamalov, and 'Ethnopolitics in Eurasia and the Middle East", directed by Erin Jenne. The two-week courses are held in Budapest, in July 2005. For more information, and application forms, visit the Summer University website at: http://www.ceu.hu/sun/index.html

The Smithsonian Institution Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage is currently accepting applications for its 2005-6 Rockefeller Foundation Humanities Fellowships. The Smithsonian is hosting up to six fellows for each of three years to work on the theoretical development of the concept of "cultural heritage". Different dimensions of cultural heritage will be examined in successive years: in 2004-5 political representation will be examined, in 2005-6 economic pursuits and in 2006-7 cultural heritage and the arts. The residency term is six weeks to five months. The fellows are humanities-oriented thinkers engaged in the work of academic institutions, public organizations, and cultural communities. For more information, or to apply for the 2005-6 fellowship, contact James Early or Carla Borden, Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, Smithsonian Institution, P.O. Box 37012, Victor Building, Suite 4100, MRC 953, Washington, DC, 20012-7012, USA; fax: 202/275-1119; email: culturalheritagefellows@si.edu

The University of Toronto is advertising for the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowships in the Humanities and related Social Sciences. The fellowships are awarded for a two-year period beginning July 1, 2005, to outstanding teacher-scholars in the humanities and social sciences. To qualify for an appointment, candidates must have received their PhD within the last two years. Application materials (which include a detailed letter of application, C.V., copies of published work, and teaching interests) must be submitted by January 7, 2005, to Professor Pekka K. Sinervo, Faculty of Arts and Science, Room 2005 - 100 St. George Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5S3G3. For more details, visit: http://www.chass.utoronto.ca/polsci/


9. RELATED PROJECTS

The Evens Foundation invites applications from candidates for the fourth Evens Prize for Intercultural Education. The Prize is awarded to a project (or organization) that has contributed to the integration of European citizens in the field of intercultural education, and has demonstrated determination and creativity. Proposals must be received by January 5th, 2005. Contact: Evens Foundation, Van Breestraat 14, B-2018 Antwerpen; tel: 03/231 39 70; fax: 03/233.94.32; email: maud.aguirre@evensfoundation.be; website: http://www.evensfoundation.be

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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.

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

 



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