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Citizenship, Democracy and Ethnocultural Diversity
Newsletter of the Canadian Centre for Philosophy and Public Policy
No. 2, Winter 1995

 






Contents

1. Introduction
2. Related Research Programs
3. Upcoming Conferences
4. Recent Publications
5. Internet Resources

1. INTRODUCTION

The Canadian Centre for Philosophy and Public Policy (CCPPP) at the University of Ottawa is organizing 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 newletter updating recent developments in the field, of which this is the second issue. We hope that it will be of interest to anyone working in the field, whether in academia, public service, or various non-governmental organizations. If you know anyone who would like to be added to the mailing list for this newsletter, please contact us at cded@post.queensu.ca .
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 Robert Harney Professorship and Program in Ethnic, Immigration and Pluralism Studies at the University of Toronto sponsors a series of public lectures each year by scholars "on the cutting edge of research and scholarship in the field of ethnicity". It also has a publication series, which includes guest lectures, working papers, research reports and panel discussions and other essays presented under the auspices of the program. The Program is directed by Prof. Wsevolod Isajiw, Department of Sociology, University of Toronto, 203 College Street, Toronto, M5T 1P9. To receive the Program's list of upcoming lectures, or their list of publications, please contact the Professorship's office at 416-978-4783 (e-mail:isajiw@epas.utoronto.ca).
- The University of Bremen (Germany) has just established a research center called the "Institute for Intercultural and International Studies", directed by Prof. Bernhard Peters, to "promote both empirical and philosophical work on cultural differences and their political consequences in modern societies". For more information, contact Prof. Peters at bpeters@barkof.uni-bremen.de Or look at their WWW site, at http://www.uni-bremen.de/~iniis/
- The Chaire Hoover in Economic and Social Ethics at the Universit, Catholique de Louvain (Belgium) organizes a wide range of workshops on issues in social ethics, including issues of immigration, federalism and cultural diversity. It also publishes a quarterly newsletter, in French and English, listing its activities, as well as other related conferences in Europe, and recent publications of interest. For more information, or to subscribe to their newlsetter, contact Annick Dabeye, Chaire Hoover, Place Montesquieu 3, B-1348 Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium (e-mail:dabeye@espo.ucl.ac.be).

3. UPCOMING CONFERENCES

- The Chair of Multicultural Studies at the University of British Columbia, in cooperation with the Sociology Department of Simon Fraser University, is organizing a conference on "Ethnonationalism and the Politics of Identity: Comparative Lessons", to to be held in Vancouver on June 28, 1995. The conference will include sessions on Quebecois nationalism, Aboriginal rights, and the integration of immigrants. For information, contact Prof. Kogila Moodley, Chair of Multicultural Studies, UBC, or Prof. Heribert Adam, Sociology Department, SFU, Burnaby, BC, V5A 1S6, telephone 604-291-3146.
- the Ashworth Centre for Social Theory at the University of Melbourne (Australia) is hosting a conference on "Blurred Boundaries, living with cultural diversity: The integration of immigrants and ethnic minorities in liberal democracies" on June 24-27, 1996. The conference is co-organized by the Ashworth Centre and the European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research (Vienna). It will bring together scholars from North America, Europe, and Australia. For information, contact Prof. Rainer Baubock, IHS, Stumpergasse 56, A-1060 Vienna (e-mail: bauboeck@ihssv.wsr.ac.at).
- "Citizenship" is the theme of the 1995-96 European Forum at the European University Institute (Florence, Italy). As part of its year-long program on citizenship, the Forum is hosting a number of conferences, including "Social and Political Citizenship in a World of Migration" (February 23-24, 1996); "Multiculturalism, Minorities, and Citizenship" (April 19-20, 1996), and "European Citizenship: An Institutional Challenge" (June 14-15, 1996). Each conference will bring together scholars from Europe and North America, as well as the visiting scholars at the EUI. For more information, contact Kathinka Espana, European Forum, Villa Schifanoia, Via Boccaccio, 50133 Florence, Italy (e-mail: espana@datacomm.iue.it).
- As part of a three-year project on "Political Models of Multiculturalism", the Institute de Filosofia of the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas in Madrid is holding a Spanish-Canadian conference on "Citizenship and Nationality: Two References for Political Loyalty", in Madrid on May 21-22 1996. The conference is funded by the Instituto and by the Canadian Embassy in Spain. (There is widespread interest within Spain in Canada's experience with ethnocultural relations, not only because of the parallels between Quebec and Catalonia, but also because Spain has shifted in recent years from being a country of emigration to a country of immigration). For information, contact Prof. Francisco Colom, Instituto de Filosofia, CSIC, Calle Pinar 25, 28006 Madrid (e-mail: Francisco.Colom@Pinar1.csic.es).
- There will be a Workshop/Symposium on Philosophy and Racism, on January 26-27, 1996, at Queen's University, Kingston, Ont. Invited speakers include: Lewis Gordon, Purdue U, "The Epidermal Schema: Fanon, Racism and Existential Sociogenesis"; Charles Mills, U. of Illinois at Chicago, "Decent and Innocent Races"; Nkiru Nzegwu, Binghamton U., "Sweeping Out African Women with Mother Europe's Broom"; Olufemi Taiwo, Loyola U. of Chicago, "Reading the Colonized Mind: Lugard and the Philosophical Foundations of British Colonialism"; Haideh Moghissi, York U., "Politics of Cultural Difference: Postmodern Reconstruction of Premodern Reality". The symposium will be conducted like a workshop with no concurrent sessions and a lot of time for ongoing interaction. The Symposium is free to participants. For more information contact Susan Babbitt (babbitts@qucdn.queensu.ca) or Sue Campbell (campbes@qucdn.queensu.ca).

4. RECENT PUBLICATIONS and NEW JOURNALS

- Avigail Eisenberg, Reconstructing Political Pluralism (SUNY Press, 1995). A survey and critical assessment of the "pluralist" tradition in twentieth-century political theory.

- Rhoda Howard, Human Rights and the Search for Community (Westview Press, 1995). A defense of the idea of universal human rights against those who say it neglects issues of community and cultural difference.

- Will Kymlicka (ed), The Rights of Minority Cultures (Oxford University Press, 1995). A collection of 17 of the most prominent articles on minority rights by political theorists over the last 20 years.

- Julia Stapleton (ed) Group Rights: Perspectives Since 1990 (Thoemmes Press, Briston, 1995). A collection of 14 articles on the rights of religious, ethnic and economic groups, from the turn-of-the-century English pluralists to contemporary liberal theorists.

- Francois Blais, Guy Laforest and Diane Lamoureux (eds) Lib,ralismes et nationalismes: Philosophie et Politique (Les Presses de l'Universit, Laval, 1995). A collection of essays on the relationship between liberalism and nationalism, based on a major conference held at Laval in the fall of 1994.

- Theo van Willigenburg, Robert Heeger and Wilbren van der Burg (eds) Nation, State, and the Coexistence of Different Communities (Kok Pharos Publishing, Kampen, Holland, 1995). A colletion of essays by European political philosophers on issues of ethnonationalism and cultural diversity, based on the August 1994 conference of the European Society for Research in Ethics.

There are also three new journals that may be of interest:

- Social Identities: Journal for the Study of Race, Nation and Culture, a new journal which aims "to furnish an interdisciplinary and international focal point for theorizing issues at the interface of soical identities. The journal is especially concerned to address these issues in the context of the transforming political economies and cultures of postmodern and postcolonial conditions". It is edited by Abebe Zegeye (Centre for Modern African Studies, University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL, England), and David Theo Goldberg (School of Justice Studies, Arizona State University, Tempe AZ, 85287-0403). It is published twice annually by Carfax Publishing Company.

- Nations and Nationalism, a newly established journal which is the official journal of the Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationlism (ASEN). The website for the journal is at http://www.lse.ac.uk/depts/european/ASEN/ It is "designed to respond to the rapid growth of research in nationalism and nationalist movements throughout the world. The coverage is world-wide and the scope multidisciplinary". It is edited by Anthony Smith. It is published three times a year, by Cambridge University Press. For information, contact the ASEN, c/o Room L54, London School of Economics, Houghton Street, London WC2A 2AE (fax: 44-171-955- 7405).

- Nationalism and Ethnic Politics is a new journal edited by William Safran, Political Science, University of Colorado-Boulder, Boulder CO, 80309-0333. It is published quarterly by Frank Cass Ltd, London (fax: 44-181-599-0984).

5. INTERNET RESOURCES

- In our inaugural issue, we mentioned the very useful information available by internet from both the Centre for Immigration and Migration Studies (CIMS) at the Australian National University in Australia, and the European Research Centre on Migration and Ethnic Relations (ERCOMER) at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands. Both of these Centres have in fact expanded their websites, and made the information more accessible, so we thought we would update you on their internet addresses.

The ERCOMER has established a truly wonderful WWW "Virtual Library" on migration and ethnic relations. It includes detailed lists of research centres, university programs, journals and newsletters, conferences, internet discussion lists and data archives from around the world which specialize in ethnic relations. It should be the first stop for anyone wanting to get a sense of the resources available on the internet. The address is: http://www.ercomer.org/wwwvl/

The CIMS has also expanded its listings of international internet resources. To reach the CIMS Home Page, the address is: http://coombs.anu.edu.au/SpecialProj/CIMS/CIMSHomePage.html
The CIMS occassional newsletter, "POLYPHONY", is now available on the internet. To see the most recent issue, go to http://coombs.anu.edu.au/SpecialProj/CIMS/Polyphony/Polyphony. html

- The Princeton Population Index contains abstracts of academic articles relating to issues of population. Of particular interest is the section on "Migration", which summarizes a wide range of articles relating to immigration throughout the world. A new issue of the index is posted at this address on a quarterly basis: http://opr.princeton.edu/popindex/pionline.htm

- An energetic scholar at the University of California Davis has created a new WWW site which reproduces a wide range of newspaper, magazine and journal articles on issues relating to minorities in the United States, particularly immigration, affirmative action, bilingual eduation, and race relations. The articles are usefully categorized by topic, and a short abstract of each is provided, as well as the text in its entirety, which can be downloaded. This site gives one a nice sense of the various levels of public debate in the U.S., from op-ed pieces in major daily papers to more scholarly discussions in journals like Public Interest or Current. The address for this "Minority Affairs Forum" is ftp://heather.cs.ucdavis.edu/pub/README.html [NB: case sensitive]

- As part of its more general "Web Page for Humanities Research", the University of California, Santa Barbara has established a useful "Minority Studies Page". It includes information about publications and research programs relating to minority studies in the United States, subdivided by various groups (African-American; Asian-American; Latino; Immigrant; Jewish; Native-American). http://humanitas.ucsb.edu/shuttle/minority.html

- Prof. C. McKie at Carleton University has developed a useful list of the "research engines" for people working in the social sciences in Canada. It includes a list of the general internet search engines (eg. Lycos; Uncover), as well as lists of social science and government data archives, journalism sources, StatsCan reports, etc. To reach it: http://www.carleton.ca/~cmckie/research.html

- If your library is cutting back on its journal subscriptions, or if you can't find the time to browse through the new issues, you might be interested in a service provided by CARL (Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries). The service is called "UnCover", which is an online table of contents index and article delivery service for approximately 17,000 magazines and journals, including virtually all major English-language periodicals in politics, philosophy and law. Almost every article cited in UnCover can be ordered online and delivered to your fax machine within an average of 24 hours, and sometimes within the hour. Searching the database is free (searches by name, title or journal). Articles you order cost approximately $12. Another interesting service, UnCover Reveal, will deliver the table of contents for up to 50 journals of your choice as soon as an issue is entered in the database. It also allows you to store up to 25 keywords or names which you would like to have searched. It will store these 25 "search strategies" and run them against new article authors and topics, in addition to periodical titles, the results of which will be sent to your email box on a weekly basis. UnCover Reveal costs $20 US annually. A WWW site is available at http://carl.org/carlweb/ For more information, including how to pay off-line, email reveal@carl.org (You should always pay off-line - never give your credit card number over the internet!). To search the database for free, telnet 192.54.81.76, enter your terminal type (usually VT100), then choose "UnCover" (option 1). Keep pressing Return (4 times) and you will be in the search menu. To exit at any time, type //EXIT. If you plan on using the services that cost money, you will have to set up a "profile". Just follow the directions indicated after you have chosen the UnCover option.

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:

Canadian Centre for Philosophy and Public Policy
Department of Philosophy
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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. Special thanks to Lise Charlebois for help with the Internet Resources section, and with the distribution of the newsletter.
 

 
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