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Citizenship, Democracy and Ethnocultural Diversity

Newsletter of the Queen's Forum for Philosophy and Public Policy

No. 48, March 2008



1. Introduction

2. Upcoming Conferences

3. Recent Publications

4. New Journal

5. Call for Papers

6. Internet Resources

7. 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-eighth 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





The Wayne State University Center for the Study of Citizenship 5th Annual Conference in Citizenship Studies will focus on the topic: “The Boundaries of Citizenship”. The event will be held at the McGregor Conference Center in Detroit, Michigan, from March 27-29. The goal is to explore physical and conceptual boundaries that shape the recognition and exercise of citizenship. Plenary speakers will include: Frank H. Wu, Dean, Wayne State University; Michael Hardt, Duke University; Linda Bosniak, Rutgers University School of Law, and Sherman Jackson, University of Michigan. For the conference program and other key conference information, go to: http://www.clas.wayne.edu/unit-inner.asp?WebPageID=1444


The theme of this year’s Montreal Political Theory Workshop is “Cosmopolitan Duties and Domestic Consequences: The Case of Immigration”, to be held on April 18, 2008, at McGill University, in Montreal, Canada. Speakers include Joseph Carens, Patti Lenard, Christine Straehle and Shelley Wilcox. For more information, contact: mailto:emmanuelle.richez@mail.mcgill.ca


The Centre for Excellence in Research on Immigration and Settlement (CERIS) is hosting a graduate student conference on “Rethinking the Mosaic: Immigration, Settlement, and the Lived Experience”, to be held on April 17th and 18th, 2008 at York University, in Toronto, Canada. For more information, visit the CERIS website at: http://ceris.metropolis.net/frameset_e.html


The Faculty of Humanities of the University of Holguín, Cuba, along with the Department of French Studies at the University of Western Ontario, is organizing its 2nd International Seminar on Canadian Studies on the topic: “Canada: Education, Identity and Culture”. The Seminar will take place from April 23-25, 2008 at the University of Holguín, Cuba, in conjunction with the Sixth International Conference on Foreign Languages, Communication and Culture (WEFLA 2008). For more information, contact Dr. Rebecca Coulter by email at coulter@uwo.ca or by tel: 519-661-2111, ext. 88603; or look for the link on the WELFA website: http://www.wefla.org:80/


The Centre for Research in Ethics at the University of Montreal (CRÉUM), in collaboration with McGill University is organizing an international conference entitled: "Liberal Neutrality: A Re-evaluation" from May 1-3, 2008, at McGill University. Speakers will include Anthony Appiah, Arash Abizadeh, Charles Larmore, Jacob Levy, Stephen Macedo, Colin Macleod, Christopher Lowry, Andrew Lister Alan Patten, Christine Sypnowich, and Daniel Weinstock. The event is open to the general public, with no registration required. Information and a conference poster can be found on the following website: http://www.creum.umontreal.ca/spip.php?article765


Under the auspices of the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue, a conference entitled “Intercultural Cities” will be held in Liverpool, U.K., from May 1-3, 2008. The event will look at migration, diversity and urban life from the perspectives of co-operation and harmony. The conference is being organized with the support of the European Commission and the Council of Europe. Speakers will include Ilda Curti, Saskia Sassen, Gregg Pascal Zachary, Leonie Sandercock, Bhikhu Parekh, and Keith Khan. Details can be found at http://inter.culture.info/icc For inquiries, contact the conference office by tel: 0161 245 3235 or email: info@euclid.info. For further information about the Intercultural Cities programme, visit the website: http://www.interculturalcity.com/home.htm


The “Global Studies Conference” will be held at the University of Illinois, Chicago, May 16-18, 2008. The event will include paper, workshop and colloquium presentations by practitioners, teachers and researchers. The goal is to address issues related to globalization, focusing on the role of the United States. For more information, contact: Nederveen Pieterse, Department of Sociology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Details of the Conference, with extensive information, can be found at the conference website: http://www.GlobalStudiesConference.com


A workshop entitled “Writing New Histories of Indigeneity and Imperialism” organized by Adele Perry, will take place at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada, from May 21-23, 2008. The aim is to give budding scholars an opportunity to collaborate with others working in the field. Participants will be asked to provide a 15-25p research paper and/or chapter prior to their workshop, to be circulated among workshop participants. For further details, contact: Adele Perry or Mary Jane McCallum by email at: newhistories@hotmail.com For more information, visit the following website (in pdf format): http://www.umanitoba.ca/faculties/arts/history/news/wkshop_call_papers_08.pdf


The International Centre for Education for Democratic Citizenship (ICEDC) at the University of London is holding a conference on “Civil Society, Democracy and Education”, to be held on 14 June 2008, at Birkbeck College, University of London. The conference will focus on the role of education in building civil society, and the contributions of civil society organizations to education. The conference organizers welcome proposals for presentations from both academics and practitioners: the presentations can be in the form of academic research, case studies, and reports of projects. Abstracts of 200 words or less should be sent by April 7 to Dr. Diwa Kiwan at d.kiwan@bbk.ac.uk


A Youth Research Seminar on Intercultural Dialogue is being organized by the International Caucasus Foundation on Minority Issues on 15-16 June 2008, in Baku, Azerbaijan. Among the main themes of this seminar are: concepts and functions of intercultural dialogue; roles of intercultural dialogue in youth work today; understandings of the role of culture in intercultural learning; intercultural dialogue in youth training. Applicants should submit a completed application form; a 500w abstract in either English or Russian explaining the proposed contribution; and a CV (no more than 2p) by April 24, 2008 to the following e-mail address: icfmi@azeronline.com. The seminar will be held in the International Youth Center “Gyanjlik”, board and lodging provided, and travel costs reimbursed. For further information, contact:Nadir Kamaladdinov; tel: +99450 3288326; fax: +99412 5683839; e-mail: nadir_kamaladdinov@hotmail.com


The 8th International Conference on Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations will take place from June 17-20, 2008 in Montréal, Quebec. This annual event brings together scholarly, governmental and practice-oriented participants with interests in issues of diversity and community to examine the notion of diversity as a positive aspect of global society. Presenters will be given the option to submit completed papers for publication in the International Journal of Diversity in Organisations, Communities and Nations. Speakers will include Susan Bridges, University of Hong Kong; Jock Collins, University Technology, Sydney, Australia; and Brendan O'Leary, University of Pennsylvania. The deadline for submission of short abstracts is March 31, 2008. Proposals are reviewed by two weeks after submission. Full details of the Conference, including an online proposal submission form, are posted at: http://www.Diversity-Conference.com


A conference entitled “Transnational Ethnic Communities: the Cases of Croatia, Israel, the Netherlands and Slovenia” will take place in Ljubljana, Slovenia, from June 21-22, 2008, organized by the Institute of Ethnic Studies, Ljubljana. A major topic will be the way contemporary nation-states manage relationships with their ethnic diasporas. The language of the conference will be English. The deadline for submissions has been extended to April 30, 2008. For more information, contact: barbara.kejzar@guest.arnes.si or visit the following website: http://www.inv.si/trans/index.html


The second biennial conference of the International Global Ethics Association will take place from June 26-28, 2008, around the theme "Questioning Cosmopolitanism". Hosted by the Faculty of Arts, Deakin University, Melbourne,

Australia, the event will explore ethical relationships that connect compatriots, co-religionists, demographic identity groups, generational groups, and genders, and examine how they challenge the cosmopolitan notion that the moral standing of human beings is equal. For more information about attending this event, go to:



An interdisciplinary conference on "Nationalism and Human Rights" is being organized by the IPSA Human Rights Research Committee, the Human Rights Law Research Center, Istanbul Bilgi University Istanbul (Turkey), from June 27-29, 2008. The event will consider the overlapping histories of the rise of nationalism and international recognition of human rights. All presentations will be in English. For further details, contact: Füsun Türkmen, Galatasaray University, Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences Department of International Relations, Çiragan Cad. No. 36, 34357 Ortaköy/Istanbul, Turkey; email: fturkmen@gsu.edu.tr


The Human Rights Office of the Basque Government is organizing its 3rd International Congress on Human Rights, on the theme “Democratic Management of Cultural and National Diversity”, to be held in Bilbao, Spain on July 10-13, 2008. Keynote speakers include Saskia Sassen, Alain Touraine, Alain Renault, Nadia Urbaniti, Ferran Requejo, Will Kymlicka and others. For more information, check the conference website at http://www.bakea-peace.org


A conference on “Multiculturalism, Conflict and Belonging” will take place from Sept 3 -6, 2008 at Mansfield College, Oxford. The multi-disciplinary event will seek to understand the place of culture in the construction of identity, and assess the larger context of major world transformations, such as migration and massive movements of people around the globe. Inquiries should be sent by email to the joint organizing chairs: Alejandro Cervantes-Carson (acc@inter-disciplinary.net) and Rob Fisher (mcb2@inter-disciplinary.net). The deadline for paper submission is April 18. Further details are posted on the conference website:



A conference on “Rethinking Ethnicity and Ethnic Strife: Multidisciplinary Perspectives” will be hosted by the Central European University, Cornell University, and the University of Michigan, in Budapest, from September 25-27, 2008. The event is being organized by Ravi Kanbur, Prem Kumar Rajaram, and Ashutosh Varshney. Submissions of completed papers or substantial 5-7p abstracts are welcome on any of the following suggested topics: emergence and transformation of identity; globalization, ethnicity and ethnic strife; ethnicity and public goods; factors promoting, or dampening, ethnic violence; ethnic strife and identity formation. Send submissions and inquiries by email to: Krisztina Bradeanu (bradeanuk@ceu.hu) by April 15.  


The 12th biennial conference of the International Society for Justice Research will take place in Adelaide, Australia, from August 14-17, 2008, on the theme: “Justice in a Diverse Society". The conference will feature keynote addresses by John Braithwaite (ANU), Timur Kuran (Duke University) and Aileen Moreton-Robinson (Queensland University of Technology), as well as a presidential address by Linda Skitka (University of Illinois at Chicago). For more information, visit  the following website:  http://socsci.flinders.edu.au/isjr/home.php or contact: Michael Wenzel, ISJR 2008 Conference Chair, School of Psychology, Flinders University, GPO Box 2100, Adelaide SA, 5001, AUSTRALIA; email: isjr@flinders.edu.au 


The University of Aarhus is hosting a conference on “Understanding Conflicts--Cross-Cultural Perspectives”, to be held on August 19-23, 2008, in Aarhus, Denmark. It will be an international, interdisciplinary research conference on the diversity of conceptions and cultural images of conflicts. This event is the first of a series of large international interdisciplinary meetings that will bring together researchers from different cultural background working on the analysis and transformation of conflicts due to cultural, ethnic, and religious diversity. Invited speakers are leading international figures in conflict research, sociology, political science, anthropology, psychology, philosophy, sociology, the history of ideas, theology, and religious studies. For more information, visit the conference website:  http://www.understandingconflicts.net, or contact Johanna Seibt filseibt@hum.au.dk


A conference on “Values and Diversity: Culture, Religion and the Law in Contemporary Europe” will take place from August 26-29, 2008 at the University of West Bohemia in Pilsen, Czech Republic. The event will explore the possibility that individuals or groups should be entitled to exemption from the law on the basis of ethical or religious beliefs. To what extent should public institutions, public services and the public sphere in general treat citizens differently according to such beliefs? Should we seek consistency in the ways different countries tackle such issues? What values should underpin the negotiation of cultural diversity in 21st century Europe? Keynote speakers will include: Richard Bellamy (UCL), Anna Elisabetta Galeotti (Università del Piemonte Orientale, Vercelli), and Glyn Morgan (Harvard University). The conference language will be English. For further information, contact co-organizers: Lenka Strnadova or Gideon Calder at the conference email address: euroethos_conference@kap.zcu.cz or visit the conference website: http://www.kap.zcu.cz/euroethos/


From October 8-11th, 2008 a conference entitled “E Pluribus Unum? — Ethnic Identities in Processes of Transnational Integration in the Americas” will be hosted by the Inter-American Research Group at the Bielefeld Center for Interdisciplinary Research, as the inaugural conference of the Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF) at Bielefeld University, Germany. In the context of transnational integration in the Americas, the conference will seek to contribute to research on key factors in identity politics, for example; the changing semantics of ethnicity; and cultural practices of identity construction. Individuals interested in presenting should send a one-page proposal for a 30 min paper, before April 30th, to Trixi Valentin (Trixi.Valentin@uni.bielefeld.de). For other inquiries, contact: Daniela Opitz (daniela.opitz@uni-bielefeld.de) or Astrid Haas (astrid.haas@uni-bielefeld.de); tel: +49 521 106-2781. The call for papers is posted on this brief conference website:



The Finnish Society for the Study of Ethnic Relations and International Migration (ETMU) and The Finnish Youth Research Society are organizing a conference entitled “Generations in flux: International interdisciplinary conference on ethnicity, integration and family ties”, to be held in Helsinki Finland on October 23-24, 2008. There is a growing interest in migration, integration, multiculturalism and transnationalism. However, relatively little attention has been paid to age, family and intergenerational aspects. The conference offers an interdisciplinary forum for dialogue and exchange of diverse theoretical and empirical traditions on questions of age, life course, identity and migration. The conference’s main objective is to discuss social and psychological processes, and forms of culture in generational encounters related to migration and new patterns of transmission of "the old to the new". The language of the conference is English. For more information, visit the website: http://www.nuorisotutkimusseura.fi/sivu.php?artikkeli_id=685 or contact heidi.villikka@nuorisotutkimus.fi


The Ethnicity and Democratic Governance (EDG) project is organizing a workshop on the theme “The Secular State and Religious Diversity”, to be held in Ottawa, Canada in November 2008. Religious diversity is a dimension of ethnic diversity that has yet to receive due attention, despite the high cost of failure to accommodate religious diversity. This is partly due to a common assumption that modern societies will become secular, as different cultures converge in a neutral liberal democratic world-system. This workshop will examine whether mechanisms used to manage religious pluralism in contemporary societies are tools to reproduce western secular models of governance, insensitive to local knowledge. Is the secular state an ‘oppressive form of state”? The workshop will take place at the University of Ottawa in November 2008. Papers presented at the workshop will be assembled for publication in a collected volume. Those interested in participating should send a short statement outlining the theme of the proposed paper to: André Laliberté (alaliber@uottawa.ca) and Rajeev Bhargava (rbhargav@vsnl.com). Additional information is available on the EDG website http://www.edg-gde.ca


The Association of Canadian Studies will hold its annual conference in Quebec City, from October 24-25th, 2008, on the theme “Canadian Dialogue: The State of Relations between Canada’s Communities”. Presentations will explore the following topics: successes and failures in dialogue across communities and nations within and outside of Canada; successes and failures in combating racism and discrimination through dialogue; examples of how dialogue serves to enhance Canadians’ knowledge about diversity in Canada; the Canadian challenge of peace-keeping and bridge-building overseas. Abstracts of no more than 150 words should be submitted by April 15th, 2008 to James Ondrick (email: james.ondrick@acs-aec.ca). For further information, visit the following website:  http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=159896.


 “The Epistemology of Liberal Democracy: Free Speech, Disagreement and Common Belief” is a conference being organized at the University of Copenhagen from November 20-21, 2008. Among the most important and cherished features of liberal democracy is the value placed on freedom of speech and inquiry. The aim of this conference is to foster new, cross-disciplinary research relating to the epistemological questions raised by liberal democracy. Questions will include: what are the epistemological features of free speech and free inquiry? Under what conditions will free speech and free inquiry promote truth and justified belief? How should one alter one’s beliefs in the light of disagreement? Under what circumstances will voting be truth-conducive? What are reasonable ways to aggregate different factual judgments? Speakers will include: Alvin Goldman (Rutgers), Erik Olsson (Lund), Christian List (LSE), Duncan Pritchard (Edinburgh), Igor Douven (Louvan), Klemens Kappel (Copenhagen), Jesper Kallestrup (Edinburgh), Wlodek Rabinowicz (Lund) and Sandy Goldberg (Northwestern). Abstracts (no more than 1000w) for papers on any topic relevant to the conference theme should be sent electronically to the organizing committee at: csec08_mef@hum.ku.dk Details will be announced soon at the conference website http://www.mef.ku.dk/csec/. For further information, contact Klemens Kappel (kappel@hum.ku.dk).


The Leverhulme Programme on Migration and Citizenship, coordinated by Bristol University's Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship and University College London’s Migration Research Unit, is organizing a conference on “Post-Immigration Minorities, Religion and National Identities” on 14-15 November, 2008 in Bristol. Themes will include Ethnic Enclaves and Economic Integration; Social Capital, Gender and Differential Educational and Economic Outcomes; National Identity, Citizenship and Religious 'Difference'; and Majoritarian Identities and Resentment of Multiculturalism. Keynote speakers will address issues in relation to contemporary issues on minority ethnicity, religion, integration and national identity, and include Zygmunt Bauman, Craig Calhoun, Nilufer Gole, Reina Lewis, and Bhikhu Parekh. Scholars from all relevant disciplines are invited to submit papers for this conference that complement the above themes and topics. Please send your abstract (no more than 250 words) to Sara Tonge sara.tonge@bristol.ac.uk. Deadline for submissions: 9 May 2008. Further details of the Programme can be found at http://www.bristol.ac.uk/sociology/leverhulme




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



Arzoz, X. (ed) (2008) Respecting Linguistic Diversity in the European Union

(John Benjamins) $142.00.


Coleman, John A. (ed) (2007) Christian Political Ethics (Princeton UP) $21.95   


Dewhurst Lewis, Mary (2007) The Boundaries of the Republic: Migrant Rights and the Limits of Universalism in France, 1918-1940 (Stanford UP) $24.95 


Estlund, David M (2007) Democratic Authority: A Philosophical Framework (Princeton UP) $29.95 


Ferreira da Silva, Denise (2007) Toward a Global Idea of Race (University of Minneapolis Press) $25.00 


Greenwalt, Kent (2007) Does God Belong in Public Schools? (Princeton UP) $18.95 

Halley, Janet (2008) Split Decisions: How and Why to Take a Break from Feminism (Princeton UP) $22.95  


Hirschman, Nancy (2007) Gender, Class and Freedom in Modern Political Theory (Princeton UP) $18.95 


Huber, Josef & Ira Harkavy (2008) Higher Education and Democratic Culture: Citizenship, Human Rights and Civic Responsibility (Council of Europe) $29.00


Johnston, Steven (2007) The Truth About Patriotism (Duke UP) $22.95  


Kahn, Paul W. (2008) Putting Liberalism in its Place (Princeton UP) $19.56 


Keller, Simon (2007) The Limits of Loyalty (Cambridge UP) $85.00   


Kraus, Peter A. (2008) A Union of Diversity: Language, Identity and Polity-Building in Europe (Cambridge UP) $34.99 


Kundnani, Arun (2007) The End of Tolerance: Racism in 21st Century Britain (Pluto) $26.95 


Lovell, Terry (2008) (Mis)recognition, Inequality and Social Justice: Nancy Fraser and Pierre Bourdieu (Routledge) $36.00 


MacMullen, Ian (2007) Faith in Schools? Autonomy, Citizenship, and Religious Education in the Liberal State (Princeton UP) $35.00 


Müller, Jan-Werner (2007) Constitutional Patriotism (Princeton UP) $19.95 


Sabbagh, Daniel (2007) Equality and Transparency: A Strategic Perspective on Affirmative Action in American Law (Palgrave) $75.00


Shaw, Jo (2007) The Transformation of Citizenship in the European Union: Electoral Rights and Restructuring the Political Space (Cambridge UP) $111.00


Spiro, Peter J. (2007) Beyond Citizenship: American Identity after Globalization (Oxford UP) $29.95  


Surian, Alessio (2008) Diversity Youth Forum Report (Council of Europe) $29.00


Titley, Gavan & Alana Lentin (2008) The Politics of Diversity in Europe (Council of Europe) $38.00


Verstichel, Annelies et al (eds) (2008) The Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities A Useful Pan-European Instrument? (Intersentia)


Wade, Peter (ed) (2007) Race, Ethnicity and Nation: Perspectives from Kinship and Genetics (Berghan) $74.10 


Walzer, Michael (ed) (2006) Law, Politics, and Morality in Judaism (Princeton UP) $19.95 

Weller, Marc (2008) Universal Minority Rights: A Commentary on the Jurisprudence of International Courts and Treaty Bodies (Oxford UP) $86.10 


Williams, Melissa & Jeremy Waldron (eds) (2008) Toleration and its Limits: Nomos 48 (NYU Press, 2008) $60.00 


Wolff, Stefan & Marc Weller (eds) (2008) Institutions for the Management of Ethnopolitical Conflict in Eastern and Central Europe (Council of Europe) $45.00 




Journal Special Issues


A special issue of the British Journal of Religious Education is dedicated to the theme ”Religion, Human Rights, and Citizenship” (Vol. 30, No. 2, 2008). An editorial by Liam Gearon is followed by articles by Charlene Tan, Elana Maryles Sztokman, and R. J. K. Freathy.


A recent issue of Political Studies contains a symposium on ”Civic Engagement and Civic Attitudes in Cross-National Perspective” (Vol. 56, No. 1, March 2008). A symposium introduction by Dietlind Stolle & Marc Morjé Howard is followed by articles by Marc Morjé Howard & Leah Gilbert, Russell J. Dalton, Natalia Letki, Aviezer Tucker, and Cara Nine. 


A special issue on “The Common School and the Comprehensive Ideal” was published the Journal of Philosophy of Education (Vol. 41, No. 4, November 2007). A defense of the common school by Richard Pring is followed by a series of essays on the relationship between the common school, citizenship education, and diversity. The guest editors are: Mark Halstead & Graham Haydon, and the special issue is dedicated to Terence H. McLaughlin. Articles by Rob Reich, Kenneth Strike, Kevin McDonough, Mary Healy, Robin Bowen, Harry Brighouse, Walter Feinberg, Lorella Terzi, Meira Levinson Dianne Gereluk, David Carr and Kevin Williams and others are included.





The Equal Rights Trust has published the first issue of The Equal Rights Review (ERR), an interdisciplinary biannual intended as a forum for the exchange of legal, philosophical, sociological and other ideas and practical insights from progressive movements promoting equality. Its special focus will be on the complex and complementary relationship between the different forms of discrimination and on developing strategies for translating the principles of equality into practice. ERR will be useful to national and regional experts, students, policy makers and practitioners. It will contain innovative theoretic articles, legal commentary, policy oriented analysis and advocacy reports. The journal is available in print as well as online. To see The Equal Rights Review, Volume One please click here: http://www.equalrightstrust.org/ertdocumentbank/ERR%20first%20edition.pdf





Peace Review, a quarterly, multidisciplinary, transnational journal of research and analysis from Routledge/Taylor & Francis, welcomes contributions and policy analyses for a special issue addressing contested notions of citizenship. This special issue will explore political, social, and cultural struggles over the boundaries and substance of citizenship, both historically and in the contemporary world. Published essays are relatively short (2500-3500w), and are intended for a wide audience. Contributions on cultural and political issues surrounding conflicts between nations and peoples are especially welcome. 

Essays should be sent to: Kerry Donoghue (Managing Editor), @ Peace Review, University of San Francisco, 2130 Fulton Street, San Francisco, CA 94117-1080, USA; or via email:  peacereview@usfca.edu Essays should be received by April 15, and should be formatted according to the submission guidelines found at this website:  http://www.usfca.edu/peacereview/PRHome.html.





H-Citizenship is a new discussion network on citizenship studies on the H-Net: Humanities and Social Sciences Online network. H-Citizenship aims to promote interdisciplinary intellectual exchange about citizenship within the global community of scholars, students, political, community and business leaders, and the wider public. In particular, H-Citizenship encourages analysis of the relationship between citizens and the political, social, economic, and cultural communities of which they are a part. Toward these ends, H-Citizenship will foster the study of citizenship as an interdisciplinary academic field and establish a forum to stimulate and shape public discourse about citizenship. H-Citizenship is sponsored by the Center for the Study of Citizenship, http://www.clas.wayne.edu/unit-inner.asp?WebPageID=1202; the Editors are Matthew Davis and Aaron Retish. To join H-Citizenship, or to check out the resources list and logs, visit the website:



Ethics Etc is a weblog forum for the discussion of contemporary philosophical issues in normative ethics, metaethics, moral epistemology, moral psychology, applied ethics, social and political philosophy, law, and related areas. Recently Ethics Etc. has hosted an on-line reading group on Anthony Appiah’s book Experiments in Ethics, with extensive commentary. 







Birkbeck College at the University of London has just established a new graduate programme in Citizenship Studies, commencing October 2008. It will offer an MSc, postgraduate diploma, and postgraduate certificate, and is intended for those involved or wishing to be involved in the interdisciplinary field of citizenship in the domains of theory, research, policy and practice. A special focus of the programme will be issues of inclusive citizenship, especially with respect to ethnic and religious diversity. For more information about the programme, including fees and how to apply, contact Carly Guest, Executive Office, at c.guest@bbl.ac.uk


In 2008, the Central European University (CEU) Summer University offers sixteen courses targeted primarily at graduate students, junior or post-doctoral researchers, teachers and professionals. The websites below contain up-to-date information about each course and provide instructions for the on-line application procedure. Amongst the relevant courses are ones on “Religion and Politics” and on “The Politics of Belonging”. http://www.sun.ceu.hu/courses  http://www.sun.ceu.hu/apply


The Netherlands School for Research in Practical Philosophy and the Center for Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy (Leuven) will host a summer school on “Pluralism and Moral Disagreement” from August 24-28, 2008 at Irish College, Leuven, Belgium. The course will be of interest to PhD students working on ethical theory and meta-ethics; social and political philosophy; political theory; legal philosophy; and other areas of practical philosophy. To obtain more information, or to apply, send a short CV, dissertation topic, and motivations for attending to: Fredereike Kaldewaij, Netherlands School for Research in Practical Philosophy, Heidelberglaan 2, 3584 CS Utrecht, The Netherlands; tel: +31-30 253 4399/4160; email: ozse@ethics.uu.nl


The Alliance for Conflict Transformation (ACT), in partnership with Nur University, will host a Summer Institute on Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution (IPCR), from June 14-July 12, 2008, in Santa Cruz and La Paz, Bolivia. The institute is a 4-week intensive residential program designed for professionals and graduate/upper level undergraduate students in peace and conflict resolution, international affairs, political science, Latin American Studies, development and other disciplines. Topics will include: conflict analysis and assessment; conflict resolution and peacebuilding practices; post-conflict reconstruction and reconciliation, and others. For more information, look for the conference link on the front of the ACT website: http://www.conflicttransformation.org The application deadline is April 16. The contact person is: Nike Carstarphen, Alliance for Conflict Transformation; PO Box 9117; Alexandria, VA, 22304; tel: (703) 461-3650; email: ipcr@conflicttransformation.org


The ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius foundation, a German sponsor of academic research, is offering a new program called “Settling Into Motion-The Bucerius PhD Scholarships in Migration Studies” The program provides six to eight scholarships for PhD students in the social sciences researching migration in changing societies. In 2008, proposals studying “Migration and Urban Transformations” are especially welcome. The scholarships provide a stipend of 1200 Euros monthly, with additional support possible for research needs. The application deadline for stipends beginning in August, 2008 is March 31st. Apply on-line at http://www.settling-into-motion.de For further information, contact: ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius, Gunilla Fincke, Feldbrunnenstrabe 56, 20148 Hamburg; tel: +49 40 41 33 67 61; fax: +49 40 41 33 67 77; email: settling-into-motion@zeit-stirtung.de


The Centre for Research on Social Inclusion (CRSI) at Macquarie University (Sydney, Australia) is offering two scholarships for PhD research projects focused on religion and social inclusion, including areas such as religion and citizenship, religion and discrimination, and religion and resistance. For further information, contact Prof. Marion Maddox at csri@scmp.mq.edu.au, or visit: http://www.research.mq.edu.au/students/scholarships/pages/SCMP_CRSISocialInclusion


The University of Montreal’s Centre de recherche en éthique (CREUM) is inviting applications from both post-doctoral researchers and professors in ethics, for residential fellowships which can vary in length according to individual circumstances. Applicants are expected to have at least a working knowledge of French. The application deadline is April 30th, 2008. For more information, visit http://www.creum.umontreal.ca


The Canadian Opinion Research Archive (CORA) is offering a new Post-Doctoral Fellowship, open to recent PhD graduates conducting research on Canadian public opinion. CORA is located at the School of Policy Studies, Queen’s University at Kingston, Ontario. The Archive’s purpose is to make publicly available Canadian public opinion polling data, from commercial pollsters, government agencies, and academic research.  (The online archive is available at http://www.queensu.ca/cora.) The CORA Post-Doctoral Fellow will be expected to conduct and publish research on Canadian public opinion, using, at least in part, data stored at CORA. The Fellowship is initially for one year, but is renewable for one more. Any interested candidates should forward the following (electronically) to cora@queensu.ca: curriculum vitae; list of 3 references with contact information; writing sample; one-page research proposal outlining the research you would be interested in conducting. For further information, contact: Stuart Soroka, Canadian Opinion Research Archive, School of Policy Studies, Queen’s University stuart.soroka@mcgill.ca






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@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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