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2. Related Research Programs
3. Upcoming Conferences
4. Recent Publications
5. Internet Resources
The Canadian Centre for Philosophy and Public Policy (CCPPP) at the
University of Ottawa has begun a multi-year, inter-disciplinary research
project on "Citizenship, Identity and Democracy in the Multiethnic State",
under the direction of Prof. Will Kymlicka. As part of this project, the
CCPPP will distribute a quarterly newsletter updating recent developments
in the field, of which this is the inaugural 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. There is a great deal
of work being done, inside and outside academia, on issues of democracy
and ethnocultural diversity. Some of the other research groups currently
working in this field are listed in section 2, along with their primary
areas of research. The distinctive focus of our project is on normative
and theoretical questions, rather than empirical or explanatory issues.
Our focus is on identifying the challenges which ethnocultural diversity
raises for the underlying norms of a liberal democratic society like Canada,
including principles of democracy, justice, equality, freedom, rights and
citizenship. To what extent can or should these principles be reinterpreted
so as to accommodate an increasingly multiethnic citizenry? Can greater
recognition and protection be afforded to group differences without sacrificing
traditional concerns with equality, non-discrimination, individual rights,
and social unity? We will be pursuing these questions primarily in the
Canadian context, focusing in particular on Canada's immigration and naturalization
policy, Aboriginal rights, official bilingualism, Quebecois nationalism,
multicultural educational reform, affirmative action, and other related
topics. While our focus is on the Canadian context, comparisons with other
countries will be a vital component of our research.
In future newsletters, we will discuss some of the findings of our research. In this inaugural issue, however, our focus is on listing information about other related programs, upcoming conferences, and recent publications which may be of interest to people working in the field.
If you know anyone who would like to be added to the mailing list for this newsletter, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org .
For further information about the research project, or the CCPPP more generally, you can also reach us by phone (613 545-2182) and fax (613 545-6545).
2. RELATED RESEARCH PROGRAMS
The Centre for Ethnic Studies at the Universite de Montreal is conducting
a research project on the role of the school system in a multiethnic society,
under the direction of Prof. Marie McAndrew. A position paper entitled
"Taking Into Account Cultural and Religious Diversity" has been written,
and a major conference is planned for December 1995. For information, please
Centre for Ethnic Studies
Universite de Montreal
CP 6128, succursale A
Montreal H3C 3J7
The Canadian Centre for Linguistic Rights at the University of Ottawa
is conducting a research project on issues of language rights in both the
Canadian and international context. For more information, or to receive
the Centre's newsletter, please contact:
Canadian Centre for Linguistic Rights
Faculty of Law (Common Law)
University of Ottawa
Box 450, Station A
phone: 613-562-5800, ext. 3325
The Research Group on Cultural Citizenship (GRECC) at Concordia University
is studying the social construction of civic and cultural identities in
the context of contemporary Quebec. The group has already published two
monographs on the politics of culture, and on gay politics. For more information,
Department of Communication Studies
BR-111 Pavillion Bryan
7141 rue Sherbrooke Ouest
Montreal H4B 1R6
The Centre for Constitutional Studies at the University of Alberta is
engaged in a research project on the relationship between local religious,
cultural or linguistic practices and international human rights standards.
For information, contact:
Centre for Constitutional
Studies, Faculty of Law
456 Law Centre
University of Alberta
3. UPCOMING CONFERENCES:
The Centre for Ethnic Studies at the Universite de Montreal is convening a bilingual conference on "Pluralism in Public Institutions and the Role of Schooling in Pluriethnic Societies", in Montreal, from November 30 to December 2, 1995. The International Council for Canadian Studies in Ottawa, and the Centre for Refugee Studies at York University, in conjunction with the European Task Force on Canadian Studies, are convening a conference on "Organizing Diversity: Migration and Refugees in Canada and Europe", to be held in the Netherlands in November 8-12 1995. It will include speakers from both Canada and Europe, and will address both the empirical and normative issues in a comparative perspective. For information, contact the Centre for Refugee Studies, York University, 4700 Keele Street, North York, Ontario M3J 1P3; tel: 416-736-5663; fax: 416-736- 5827; e-mail: email@example.com
4. RECENT PUBLICATIONS
- Rainer Baubock, (ed). *From Aliens to Citizens: Redefining the Legal Status of Immigrants* (Avebury, 1994)
- Joseph Carens (ed) *Is Quebec Nationalism Just? Perspectives from Anglophone Canada* (McGill-Queen's University Press, 1995).
- Robert Howse, "Post-Charlottetown Constitutionalism: A Review Article", *Ottawa Law Review*, Vol 26/2 (1994), pp. 487-510. A review of 10 recent books on Canada's constitutional debate.
- Evelyn Kallen, *Ethnicity and Human Rights in Canada*, Revised Edition (Oxford University Press, 1995)
- Karen Knop et al (eds) *Rethinking Federalism* (UBC Press, 1995).
- Will Kymlicka, *Multicultural Citizenship: A Liberal Theory of Minority Rights* (Oxford University Press, 1995).
- Anne Phillips, *The Politics of Presence: Democracy and Group Representation* (Oxford University Press, 1995)
- Jeff Spinner, The Boundaries of Citizenship: Race, Ethnicity and Nationality in the Liberal State (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1994).
- James Tully (ed) *Philosophy in an Age of Pluralism: Essays in Honour of Charles Taylor* (Cambridge University Press, 1994);
- James Tully, *Strange Multiplicity: Constitutionalism in an Age of Diversity* (Cambridge University Press, 1995)
- Melissa Williams, "Justice Towards Groups: Political not Juridical", *Political Theory* 23/1 (1995), pp. 75-83.
5. INTERNET RESOURCES
The amount of information available on the internet is constantly increasing, and issues of ethnocultural diversity are no exception. The following is a very selective list of some sites on the internet which researchers might find interesting and helpful.
This is the "home page" of Canada's Department of Citizenship and Immigration. It includes information about recent Department policy documents (some of which can be downloaded), as well as an overview of the "Metropolis" research project - a very ambitious research program studying the impact of immigration on large cities, which links academic researchers and government officials in several countries, including Canada, Australia, United States and Italy.
This is the home page of the European Research Centre on Migration and Ethnic Relations (ERCOMER), based at the University of Utrecht, which is the largest research centre of its kind in Europe. The home page provides information on the various research projects being undertaken at ERCOMER, including studies of ethnic conflict, refugee movements, immigrant labourers, and multicultural education. It also includes information on the Centre's publications, including how to get on the mailing list for their newsletter, and on the Centre's staff, seminar series, and upcoming conferences.
This is the home page of the "Fourth World Documentation Project", run by the Centre for World Indigenous Studies in Olympia, Washington. It includes information pertaining to indigenous peoples around the world, and to recent developments at the international level in the protection of the rights of indigenous peoples.
This is the home page for the Centre for Immigration and Multicultural Studies (CIMS) at the Australian National University in Canberra. The Australian experience is very relevant to Canada, given the great similarities in our colonial heritage, federal institutions, Aboriginal populations, and current immigration and multiculturalism policies. The CIMS is the leading Australian research centre on these issues. This home page provides information on its publications, including how to subscribe to its newsletter, and on its staff, research projects, and visiting scholars program.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or you can write to the:
Canadian Centre for Philosophy and Public Policy
Department of Philosophy
Canada K7L 3N6
Telephone 613 545-2182
Fax 613 545-6545
The CCPPP gratefully acknowledges the assistance of the Social Sciences and
Humanities Research Council of Canada in funding this newsletter.
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