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Citizenship, Democracy and Ethnocultural Diversity
Newsletter of the Queen's Forum for Philosophy and Public Policy
No. 42, September 2006



1. Introduction
2. Ethnicity and Democratic Governance Project
3. Upcoming Conferences
4. Recent Publications
5. New Journal
6. Call for Papers
7. Internet Resources
8. Related Research Projects


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 forty-second issue. We hope that it will be of interest to anyone working in the field, whether in academia, public service, or 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/news.html


Queen's University, in cooperation with the University of Toronto and the University of Quebec in Montreal, was recently awarded a 5-year, $2.5 million grant to study "Ethnicity and Democratic Governance", under the overall direction of Prof. Bruce Berman. The research is organized along four main themes: (1) what are the causes of ethnic identification and mobilization?; (2) what policies and institutional strategies are available for accommodating ethnic diversity?; (3) what is the role of the international community in facilitating constructive state-minority relations?; and (4) what normative principles should inform our evaluation of the different options for the democratic governance of diversity? The project involves over 30 scholars from several countries and disciplines, as well as partners from both government and civil society. The Forum for Philosophy and Public Policy is pleased to be associated with this project, and Will Kymlicka will be coordinating the research done under the third theme on the role of the international community. For more information about this project, please visit the EDG website at: http://www.edg-gde.ca. We would particularly encourage students working in this field to join our Student Research Network, which is open to students from any post-secondary institution around the world, and includes various bibliographical and teaching resources, as well as opportunities to share research questions and interests.


On September 29-30, 2006, the Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism (ASEN) held a conference on the topic "Political Demography: Ethnic, National and Religious Dimensions", at the London School of Economics. Along with plenary presentations by Jack Goldstone, Michael Hout and Monica Duffy Toft, the event will involve seventeen panels addressing a range of issues involving demography, politics, ethnicity, religion, nationalism, migration, differential fertility rates, and ethnic conflict. For further details, visit the conference website: http://www.lse.ac.uk/collections/ASEN/demography.htm

The Fall Ethics Symposium at Sacramento State University's Center for Practical and Professional Ethics is dedicated to the theme "The Ethics of Immigration". The Symposium is a day-long event scheduled for Monday, October 23, 2006. For more information, contact: Christina Bellon by email: cppe@csus.edu or telephone: 916-278-4759. The symposium program and abstracts of papers are posted at: http://www.csus.edu/cppe/symposium_fall_2006.html

A workshop on "Ethical Norms, Political Agency and the State", organized by the editors of the journal "Political Studies", will take place at the University of Sheffield on November 10, 2006. It will bring together scholars from political theory and international relations to examine the role of the state in an era of transnational political problems and ethical norms. Contributors will include Simon Caney, Neil Walker, Fiona Adamson, Mark Robinson, and Terry Macdonald. Those interested in attending should contact Victoria Smith by email at: politicalstudies@sheffield.ac.uk

An international conference on the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages hosted by the Council of Europe and the Welsh Language Board will take place at the School of Law, University of Swansea in Swansea, Wales from November 20-21, 2006. Five years after the U.K. ratified the European Charter for Regional and Minority Languages, this event will assess the impact of the Charter by exploring its legal implications for states which are party to it. Keynotes will include: Fernand de Varennes, Jean-Marie Woehrling and Robert Dunbar. Working languages will be: Welsh, English and French. For further information, contact Mr. Gwyn Parry at this email address: R.G.Parry@swansea.ac.uk

The University of Manchester, in cooperation with Northumbria University and the Open University, is organizing a conference on "Assuming Cosmopolitanism: Critical Encounters between Cosmopolitanism and Development" on Nov. 23-24, 2006, at the University of Manchester. Speakers include Stuart Corbridge, Robert Fine, Jenny Robinson, Saskia Sassen and others. The conference will critically investigate how cosmopolitan perspectives can illuminate development theory and practice, and conversely how taking a developmental perspective can inform a critical cosmopolitanism. For more information, visit the conference website at: www.sed.manchester.ac.uk/idpm/research/events/assumingcosmopolitanism.htm

The Institute of Philosophy in London (UK) will host a one-day conference on "Social Justice and Public Policy" on December 6, 2006 at the Abbey Community Centre in London. Confirmed speakers include: Nancy Fraser, Adam Swift, Tony Grayling, Tariq Modood and Ruth Lister. For conference or registration information go to: http://www.philosophy.sas.ac.uk/Social_Justice_Public_Policy.htm

A symposium entitled "Justice in the Mirror: Law, Culture and the Making of History" will take place from December 8-10, 2006 under the auspices of Yale University's new MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies (formerly the Yale Center for International Area Studies-YCIAS). The symposium is designed to explore global developments related to recent international judicial, quasi-judicial and non-judicial mechanisms of international justice. For further information, contact Lucia Cantero by email: lucia.cantero@yale.edu

A conference entitled "The Borderpolitics of Whiteness" will take place from December 11-13, 2006 in Sydney, Australia. The event is being organized by the Department of Critical and Cultural Studies and the Australian Critical Race and Whiteness Studies Association, and keynotes will include Aileen Moreton-Robinson and Cheryl Harris. For further details, contact: Elaine Laforteza at: http://www.ccs.mq.edu.au/borderpolitics/

Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia is organizing a "Global Democracy Conference" on January 25-7, 2007. Issues to be addressed include the sustainability of democracy in the developing world; challenges to post-industrial democracies from aging populations, unstable welfare systems and immigration; the threat of terrorism; and how globalization affects democracy. Keynote speaker is Richard Holbrooke. For more information, visit the conference website at: www.longwood.edu/democracy/index.htm

The Lone Star Chapter of the Conference for the Study of Political Thought will host a conference on the theme "Immigration and National Identity: Lessons From/For Political Theory". Organized by Diego von Vacano, the event will take place at Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas from February 23-24, 2007, and the keynote will be Stephen Macedo. For further information, contact Professor von Vacano by email: davacano@polisci.tamu.edu or go to the conference website: http://weasel.tamu.edu/ajps/politicaltheory/immigration.htm

The Center for the Study of Citizenship at Wayne State University will host its Fourth Annual Conference in Citizenship Studies from March 1-4, 2007. The theme of this year's conference is "Race and Citizenship", and Eduardo Bonilla-Silva of Duke University will give a plenary presentation. For more information, contact Marc Kruman by email: aa1277@wayne.edu or consult the following website: http://www.clas.wayne.edu/citizenship

The Joint Centre of Excellence for Research on Immigration and Settlement will host the Ninth National Metropolis conference, entitled "Exploring Canada's Diversity, Today and Tomorrow", from March 1-4, 2007, in Toronto. The event will consider questions such as: What is the nature of citizenship in contemporary Canada? What does it mean to be Canadian? And what are the factors influencing 'attachment' and 'belonging'? What access do newcomers have to resources needed for social, economic, cultural and political integration? What do newcomers need to do to facilitate their integration? Submissions and proposals for workshops will be accepted until November 1, 2006, at the following website: http://www.metropolis2007.net

The theme of the 12th Annual Convention of the Association for the Study of Nationalities (ASN) is "Nation, Community and State". Sponsored by the Harriman Institute, the event will be held at the International Affairs Building, Columbia University, NY, from April 12-14, 2007. For the fifth consecutive year, the ASN Convention will feature a cross-disciplinary section devoted to theoretical approaches to nationalism. Proposals should be sent by email prior to November 2, 2006 to Dominique Arel at: darel@uottawa.ca (alternative address: mailto:darelasn@gmail.com). Individual paper proposals should include the name, full contact info and affiliation of the author, paper title, a 500w abstract and a 100w biographical statement with bibliographic references of recent publications. Panel proposals should include the panel title, the name of a chair, three presenters with paper titles, and the name of a discussant, plus affiliations and full contact info for each participant. Further details and information about other types of presentations can be found by downloading the Convention call for papers from the ASN website: http://www.nationalities.org/default.asp

Paper proposals are invited for the U.K. Association for Legal and Social Philosophy Annual Conference, to be held at the University of Keele from April 19-21, 2007. The theme of this year's conference will be "Aliens and Nations: Citizenship, Sovereignty and Global Politics in the 21st Century". Keynotes will include Seyla Benhabib, Stephen Macedo and Judith Squires. Contributors are invited to explore the following themes: justice, war and intervention, immigration and border controls, multicultural citizenship, loyalty and identity, environmental citizenship, nationhood and self-determination; refugees and asylum; gender and citizenship, outlaw states and international law, sovereignty and human rights, and freedom, security and counter-terrorism. Potential contributors should send paper titles and abstracts of 300 or less words to: ALSP07@ilpj.keele.ac.uk prior to December 15, 2006. Panel proposals are welcome. Check the conference website: http://www.keele.ac.uk/research/lpj/ALSP/ For more information, contact conference organizers: Glen Newey (g.newey@keele.ac.uk) or Monica Mookherjee (m.mookherjee@keele.ac.uk).

The CICE (Children's Identity and Citizenship in Europe) Network is holdings a conference on "Citizenship Education in Society" in Montpellier, France on May 24-26, 2007. The focus will be on the role of universities and colleges in working with other social actors in the development of citizenship education. Keynote speakers include Dominique Lassarre, Christine Roland-Levy and Alistair Ross. For more information, visit the conference website at: http://cice.londonmet.ac.uk/members/programme.htm

The University of Dundee is hosting an international conference on "Cosmopolitanism: Past and Present" in Dundee (Scotland) on June 6-9, 2007. The inter-disciplinary conference is organized by Antony Black and Brian Baxter (Politics), Tim Chappell (Philosophy), Martine Vanittersum (History) from the University of Dundee. It will explore how the idea of a universal humanity emerged historically, and how relations with outsiders or non-believers have been conceptualised in different religions and cultures. For more information, or to submit a paper proposal, contact Antony Black (a.j.black@dundee.ac.uk), or visit the conference announcement at: www.international-political-theory.net/conferences/dundee.htm

"Multiculturalism, Modernity and Citizenship in Canada" is a conference to be held at Marc Bloch University, in Strasbourg, from June 8-9, 2007. The focus of the event will be the 1963 Royal Commission on Bilingualism and Biculturalism, which was primarily concerned with relations between French and English, defined as "founding races" of Canada, while paying some attention to the "other ethnic groups". However, this attempt to redefine Canada's national community bi-culturally has not always included Aboriginal peoples, and has been displaced by a multi-cultural emphasis in Canadian political discourse. 500-700 word submissions should be sent by email prior to December 15, 2006, to Gwendolyne Cressman, Research Center, Recherches sur le monde Anglophone; email: gwencressman@free.fr. For additional information, visit the conference call for papers: http://etudescanadiennes.free.fr/E_call_for_papers.htm

The Research Institute for Linguistics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, the Research Institute for Ethnic and National Minority Studies, and the Faculty of Political and Legal Sciences of the University of Pécs are organizing the 11th International Conference on Minority Languages (ICML 11), entitled "Multilingualism, Citizenship and the Future of Minority Languages: Ideologies and Practices of Linguistic Difference in Europe", to be held from July 5-6, 2007 in Pécs, Hungary. The aim of the conference is to provide a forum for discussion of the current situation of linguistic minorities in Europe. The deadline for colloquium proposals was September 30th, but proposals for individual paper or poster presentations are still welcome. Submit 1-page (450w) abstracts of paper or poster proposals to this email address: icml11prop@nytud.hu prior to October 30, 2006. Additional information about the event can be found on the conference website: http://www.nytud.hu/icml11

The 14th Annual Meeting of the Society for Philosophy in the Contemporary World is dedicated to the theme "Justice and Identity in a Global Context". The event will be held at the Universidad Latina de America, Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico, from July 19-24, 2007. Submissions on global justice, the ethics of globalization, global wealth and poverty, just war traditions, terrorism, humanitarian intervention, international institutions, human rights and responsibilities, global feminism and women's rights, cosmopolitanism and other subjects related to the conference theme broadly conceived should be send electronically prior to March 17, 2007. Questions should be sent to the program committee co chairs: 1) Karen Bardsley, Morehead State University, k.bardsley@morehead-st.edu, 2) José-Antonio Orosco, Oregon State University, joseph.orosco@oregonstate.edu

The 2nd International Conference on Language, Education and Diversity (LED 2007) will be held November 21-24, 2007 at the University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand. The event will focus on language and education, with a focus on addressing and accommodating diversity. Within this focus, there will be specific streams on English language education (TESL/TEFL), literacy education, bilingual/immersion education, and language education and planning. Keynotes will include: Suresh Canagarajah, Jim Cummins, Ofelia Garcia, Hilary Janks, Allan Luke, Teresa McCarty and Bernard Spolsky. Proposals for papers, colloquia and poster presentations should be sent prior to April 30, 2007, to: Paardekooper & Associates; tel: +64 4 568 4576; email: led@paardekooper.co.nz

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


Bell, Daniel A. (2006) Beyond Liberal Democracy: Political Thinking for an East Asian Context (Princeton UP) $65.00

Bloed, Arie & Rainer Hofmann & Joseph Marko (eds) (2006) European Yearbook of Minority Issues, Volume 4 2004/2005 (Martinus Nijhoff) $398.00

Carey, Daniel (2006) Locke, Shaftesbury and Hutcheson: Contesting Diversity in the Enlightenment and Beyond (Cambridge UP) $84.15

Cotter, Anne-Marie Mooney (2006) Race Matters: An International Legal Analysis of Race Discrimination (Ashgate) $114.95

Gilbert, Margaret (2006) A Theory of Political Obligation: Membership, Commitment and the Bonds of Society (Oxford UP) $55.00

Hannum, Hurst and Eileen Babbitt (eds) (2006) Negotiating Self-Determination (Palgrave) $24.95

Messina, Anthony & Gallya Lahav (eds) (2005) The Migration Reader: Exploring Politics and Policies (Lynne Reiner) $32.50

Norman, Wayne (2006) Negotiating Nationalism: Nation-Building, Federalism and Secession in the Multinational State (Oxford UP) $85.00

O'Flynn, Ian (2006) Deliberative Democracy and Divided Societies (Edinburgh UP) $113.09

Papademetriou, Demetrios G. (ed) (2006) Europe and Its Immigrants in the 21st Century: A New Deal or a Continuing Dialogue of the Deaf? (Migration Policy Institute) $24.95

Primoratz, Igor & Aleksandar Pavkovic (eds) (2006) Identity, Self-determination and Secession (Ashgate) $89.95

Roberts, Rodney C. (ed) (2005) Injustice and Rectification (Lang) $29.95

Rudolph, Joseph (2006) Politics and Ethnicity: A Comparative Study (Palgrave) $26.95

Shelby, Tommie (2005) We Who Are Dark: The Philosophical Foundations of Black Solidarity (Harvard UP) $18.45

Tastsoglou, Evangelia & Alexandra Z. Dobrowolsky (eds) (2006) Women, Migration and Citizenship: Making Local, National and Transitional Connections (Ashgate) $99.95

Torbisco Casals, Neus (2006) Group Rights as Human Rights: A Liberal Approach to Multiculturalism (Springer) $145.00

Journal Special Issues

A special issue of the Journal of Social Philosophy is dedicated to the issue of reparations (Vol. 37, No. 3, Fall 2006). This issue includes an introduction by Rahul Kumar and Kok-Chor Tan, and articles by Chandran Kukathas, Margaret Urban Walker, Leif Wenar, Lukas Meyers, Roland Pierik and others.

A recent issue of European Journal of Cultural Studies contains several papers on culture and citizenship (Vol. 9, No. 3, August 2006). Articles by Joke Hermes, Peter Dahlgren, Nick Stevenson and Nick Couldry are included.

A recent issue of Perspectives on Politics (a publication of the American Political Science Association) contains a symposium on immigration and national Identity (Vol. 4, No. 2, June 2006). Articles by Gary Segura, Richard Alba and Susan Eckstein are included.

A special issue of Patterns of Prejudice is dedicated to the theme "The Cultural Politics of Multiculturalism" (Vol. 39, No. 4, December 2005). Articles by Cheryl Hudson, Kenan Malik, Alana Lentin and Jude Davis are included.

The most recent issue of the Journal of International Migration and Integration focuses on "The Re-emergence of Religion in International Public Discourse" (vol. 6, #2, 2006). It is guest-edited by Paul Bramadat and John Biles, and includes articles on the United Kingdom, France, Germany and Canada.


Diaspora, Indigenous and Minority Education: An International Journal is a new quarterly peer-reviewed journal focusing on critical discourse and research on cultural sustainability in a world increasingly consolidating around national, transnational, and global organizations. Published by Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, this new publication will seek to draw attention to worldwide initiatives in support of diaspora, indigenous and minority education. The Editors are Zvi Bekerman and Seonaigh MacPherson. For a free sample issue or further information, visit: http://www.leaonline.com/loi/dime, or contact the publisher at: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Journal Subscription Department, 10 Industrial Avenue, Mahwah, New Jersey, 07430-2262; tel: 1-800-926-6579; fax: 201-760-3735; email: journals@erlbaum.com


Theoria: A Journal of Social and Political Theory invites contributions for a special issue on "The Limits of Deliberative Democracy". This issue will explore the idea that deliberative democracy is confronting significant skepticism requiring revision of the early ambitions of deliberative democrats. Contributors are encouraged to reflect on philosophical challenges such as the characterization of deliberative democracy as procedural or substantive, the charge of irrationality posed by social choice theory, and the appropriate characterization of ideal deliberation. Articles on the history of deliberative democracy in political philosophy and theory and its impact on political and social thought are welcome. Visit the following website for further information: http://www.theoria.unp.ac.za/

Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy invites papers for a special issue dedicated to the life and work of Iris Marion Young. The issue will be guest edited by Christina M. Bellon, and will seek to emphasize Young's contribution to the fields of philosophy, political theory, and feminism. Papers on all dimensions of Young's work are welcome. Completed papers will be limited to 8000w, inclusive of notes and bibliography. Submissions should be received by June 15, 2007. Potential contributors should submit extended abstracts of 350-400w, clearly indicating the thrust of the paper project, accompanied by a letter indicating the paper as a submission for the I.M. Young special issue. The deadline for abstracts is January 15, 2007. Send abstracts electronically in Word or WordPerfect to Christina Bellon at bellon@csus.edu Hypatia style guidelines can be found at http://www.msu.edu/~hypatia/

A call for papers has been issued for the inaugural issue of Diaspora, Indigenous and Minority Education: An International Journal (Vol. 1, 2007) (see announcement above under 'New Journals'). Contributor instructions are posted at http://www.leaonline.com/loi/dime


A new website called Human Rights Tools provides four useful services for human rights professionals. The first is a library of select WWW resources for monitoring, advocacy, and research on protection of detainees, human rights law, refugee law and humanitarian law. The second is a series of resources for country analysis. The third is human rights headlines updated daily. The fourth is a human rights newsletter. These services are produced by an independent group of volunteers aiming to promote the use of WWW information on human rights. http://www.humanrightstools.org/

The "Symposium on Gender, Race and Philosophy" (SGRP) at MIT has posted a new symposium focusing on Eamonn Callan's article "The Ethics of Assimilation" (Ethics 115: 3, April 2005), with commentaries by Lawrence Blum, Kathryn Gines, Lionel McPherson and Anna Stubblefield, and a response by Callan. See http://stellar.mit.edu/S/project/sgrp/

A report entitled "Migration and Religion in a Globalized World" was recently posted on the internet. The report reflects topics from a conference of the same title organized by the International Organization for Migration, held in Rabat, Morocco, on December 5-6, 2005. The event explored the role of religion in the migration process to assist policy makers to better understand the dynamics involved and their interaction. http://www.iom.int


The European Academy of Bolzano (EURAC) has recently initiated an EU-funded project entitled "Human and Minority Rights in the Life Cycle of Ethnic Conflicts" or MIRICO. It is a collaborative research effort which will analyze the status that human and minority rights have in various phases of ethnic conflicts, including reconstruction and reconciliation. MIRICO is based in EURAC's Institute for Minority Rights (IMR) and is organized by the IMR Director Joseph Marko of the University of Graz. Collaborators include: University of Graz, University of Frankfurt, University of Cologne, the Institute for Ethnic Studies in Ljubljana, London School of Economics, University of Bath, Belgrade Centre for Human Rights, University of Pristina, and the University of Sarajevo. Additional information is posted on the MIRICO website: http://www.eurac.edu/mirico


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.

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