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Citizenship, Democracy and Ethnocultural Diversity
Newsletter of the Canadian Centre for Philosophy and Public Policy
No. 6, Winter 1997

 


Contents

1. Introduction
2. Announcing a CCPPP conference
3. Upcoming Conferences
4. Recent Publications
5. New Journals
6. Internet Resources
7. Related Research Programs

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 newsletter updating recent developments in the field, of which this is the sixth 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, or if you would like copies of the back-issues, 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. CCPPP CONFERENCE

The Canadian Centre for Philosophy and Public Policy is pleased to announce that we are organizing a major international conference on "Citizenship in Diverse Societies: Theory and Practice", to be held at the University of Toronto on October 4/5 1997. There will be sessions on six different problems for citizenship in pluralistic societies: (1) political participation and representation, (2) language rights, (3) citizenship education and religious diversity, (4) immigration and multiculturalism, (5) aboriginal rights, and (6) nationalism and federalism. We are inviting two distinguished academics to address each particular session, and their papers will be followed by a commentary from a specialist working on policy "in the field" (eg, in government or an NGO). We will provide more details in the next issue of our newsletter. For more information, please contact us at ccppp@aix1.uottawa.ca, or by fax at 613- 562-5135.

A preliminary program for the conference is available by clicking here.

3. UPCOMING CONFERENCES

- The theme of the 5th Annual "Crossing the Boundaries" graduate student conference is "Translating/Transposing Cultures". The "counter- disciplinary" conference will be held on April 4-5 1997 at the State University of New York in Binghamton. For more information, contact Crossing the Boundaries V, c/o English Department. SUNY Binghamton, Box 6000, Binghamton NY 13902. E-mail: br00577@binghamton.edu

- The Pluralism Research Project of University College, Dublin, in association with the National Committee for Philosophy, is hosting a conference on "Liberalism and Pluralism" on May 15/16, 1997, at Academy House, Dublin. The invited guest speaker is John Gray. For information, contact Secretary, National Committee for Philosophy, Royal Irish Academy, 19 Dawson Street, Dublin 2 Ireland. Fax: 353-1-6762346.

- The journal *Ethnic and Racial Studies* is holding its 20th anniversary conference in London on May 16, 1997. The topic of the conference is "Rethinking Ethnic and Racial Studies", and the speakers included Patricia Hill Collins, Michel Wievorka, Paul Gilroy and Nazli Kibria. For information contact ETHNIC AND RACIAL STUDIES, Department of Sociology, University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey GU2 5XH, UK. Fax: 44-1483-259457; e-mail:ethnic@surrey.ac.uk

- The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is holding two conferences in April. The first is on "Indigenous Peoples: An International Symposium", on April 8-9, 1997. Special invited speaker is Walter Echo-Hawk, a senior staff attorney with the Native American Rights Fund. The second conference is on "People of Color in Predominantly White Institutions" on April 18-19 1997. This is the second annual national conference on the topic, and focuses primarily on issues facing people of color in predominantly white university campuses. For information about either conference, contact the Department of Academic Conferences and Professional Programs by e-mail at acpp@unl.edu, or visit the home-page (which contains updated conference programs) at http://www.unl.edu/conted/acpp

- The Canadian Ethnic Studies Association is holding its 14th Biennial conference on "Citizenship and Interethnic Relations in Pluralistic Societies: Current Debates and Comparative Perspectives". The conference will be held in Montreal on November 20-23, 1997. For information or to submit proposals, contact CESA 1997, Centre d'etudes ethniques, Universite de Montreal, CP 6128, succ. Centre-Ville, Montreal H3C 3J7. Tel: 514-343-6111 (ext. 5374); e-mail:scee@ere.umontreal.ca

- A conference on "Law and Religion: Obligations of Democratic Citizenship" will be held at Brown University, April 11-12, 1997. Speakers include David Estlund, Kent Greenawalt, Amy Gutmann, Martha Nussbaum, Nancy Rosenblum, Yael Tamir, Graham Walker, Melissa Williams, John Tomasi. Registration is not required. For information, contact Prof. Nancy Rosenblum, Department of Political Science. Tel: 401-863-2827; fax: 401-863-7018

- The International Studies Association is holding its annual meeting at the Westin Harbour in Toronto from March 18-22. The "Ethnicity, Nationalism and Migration" research section of the ISA (ENMISA) will hold a panel on "Insecurity: Migration (refugees) and Ethnic Nationalism as Symptoms of World Systemic Crisis", Wednesday, March 19th, at 3:45. Abstracts of the papers to be delivered are online at http://www2..hawaii.edu/~fredr/6-isa7d.htm For additional information, go to the ISA homepage at http://www.isanet.org, or contact Karen Foster, email: isa@arizona.edu For specific information relating to the Ethnicity section, contact its secretary, Jonathan Fox (email: v-jfox@bss2.umd.edu) or its chair, Marin Heisler (email: mheisler@bss2.umd.edu).

4. RECENT PUBLICATIONS

Canada's Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples has issued its long-awaited final report, in five volumes. Although focused on Canada, its analysis and recommendations are relevant to indigenous peoples around the world. A CD-ROM has also been produced which contains not only all five volumes of the report, but also 80,000 pages of public hearings, 16,000 pages of other Commission documents, 250 Commissioned research reports, educational guides and teaching aids, and a specially-designed search program called Folio VIEWS.

The report costs around $250, the CD-ROM around $350. For information about buying either the Report or the CD-ROM, contact Canada Communication Group by phone (819-956-4800; fax (819- 994-1498), or e-mail: publishing@ccg-gcc.ca.
However, a 150-page summary of the report can be accessed for free on the Web at http://www.inac.gc.ca/rcap/report/index.html.
For those who have msword, the entire Report is available on-line at www.indigenous.bc.ca. The report is also available online at http://www.libraxus.com/rcap
Rainer Baubock, Agnes Heller, Aristide Zolberg (eds) *The Challenge of Diversity: Integration and Pluralism in Societies of Immigration* (Avebury, Aldershot, 1996). Includes articles by Rainer Baubock, Agnes Heller, Ari Zolberg, Joseph Carens and Melissa Williams, Rinus Penninx, Thomas Faist, and others. Juha Raikka (ed) *Do We Need Minority Rights: Conceptual Issues* (Kluwer, The Hague, 1996). Includes articles by Melissa Williams, Andreas Follesdal, Marlies Galenkamp, John Packer, Wesley Cooper, Peter Swan and J.F. Corvino.

Jean Laponce and William Safran (eds) *Ethnicity and Citizenship: The Canadian Case* (Cass, 1996).

Margaret Canovan, *Nationhood and Political Theory* (Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, 1996).

Simone Chambers, *Reasonable Democracy: Jurgen Habermas and the Politics of Discourse* (Cornell University Press, 1996)

Paul Sniderman, Joseph Fletcher, Peter Russell and Philip Tetlock, *The Clash of Right: Liberty, Equality and Legitimacy in Pluralist Democracy* (Yale University Press, 1996)

David Trend (ed), *Radical Democracy: Identity, Citizenship and the State* (Routledge, 1996). Includes articles by Chantal Mouffe, Seyla Benhabib, Eli Zaretsky, Nancy Fraser, bell hooks, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak. Andre Lapierre et al (ed), *Language, Culture and Values in Canada at the Dawn of the 21st Century* (Carleton University Press, 1996), with sections on language issues, national identity, citizenship, First Nations. Marilyn Friedman and Penny Weiss (eds), *Feminism and Community* (Temple University Press, 1995) - 22 articles divided into three sections on "Women in Traditional Communities", "Women in Feminist Communities", and "Feminist Communitarianism"

Ian Shapiro and Will Kymlicka (eds) ETHNICITY AND GROUP RIGHTS: NOMOS 39 (New York University Press, 1997). Includes articles by Donald Horowitz, Iris Marion Young, Denise Reaume, Chandran Kukathas, Michael Walzer, James Nickel, Jacob Levy, Nomi Stolzenberg, and others.

- special issue of *Critical Review* Vol 10 #2 (1996) on nationalism. Includes articles by Jacob Levy, Liah Greenfeld, Bernard Yack, Eugen Weber, Charles Tilly and Nicholas Xenos.

- special issue of *Philosophical Forum* (Volume 28, #1, 1996) on "Philosophical Perspectives on National Identity", includes articles by Kai Nielsen, Carol Gould, Ross Poole, Joseph Carens, Judith Lichtenberg, Ross Poole, Paul Gilbert and Douglas Lackey.

- special issue of *International Migration Review* Vol 30/1 (1996) on "Ethics, Migration and Global Stewardship", with 330 pages of articles on the ethics of migration within various religious traditions, migration and environment ethics, ethics of refugee policy, and the cultural rights of migrants. Authors include Bhikhu Parekh, Rainer Baubock, Joseph Carens, Howard Adelman, Gunther Plaut.

5. Two New Electronic Journals

Two new electronic journals have been established which may be of interest to our readers. The first is called "Theory and Event", published by the Electronic Journals Division of Johns Hopkins University Press. It is an international journal which "welcomes theoretical interventions, interpretations and celebrations of events, institutions, cultures, and issues as they unfold". It features essays and other forms of representation (poetry, photos, montage) which "address the power of sovereignty, territory and government; old, new and emerging forms of identity; and the politics of representation as it appears in elections, protest, commodities and high and popular cultures". Submissions can be e-mailed to the Co-Editors of the journal, Thomas Dumm (tldumm@amherst.edu) or Anne Norton (anorton@sas.upenn.edu), or hard copies sent to THEORY AND EVENT, Political Science, Amherst College, Amherst MA 01002 USA. The website for the journal is: http://muse.jhu.journals/tae/

A second new journal is INJUSTICE STUDIES, a refereed international and interdisciplinary electronic journal that helps focus academic attention on the study of injustices around the world. The editors welcome essays devoted to understanding the nature of injustice, types of injustice, and the history, politics, and moral psychology of particular injustices, ranging from global to local events. For more information, contact Thomas Simon, of the Philosophy Department of Illinois State University, by e-mail at: twsimon@ilstu.edu. Or visit the journal's website at: http://www.philosophy.ilstu.ed/philosophy/injustice/injustice/htm

6. INTERNET RESOURCES

http://www.ercomer.org/wwwvl/
We mentioned this site in our first newsletter, but are listing it again, partly because we have received many new subscribers in the last year who may not be aware of it, and partly because they have created a new mailing-list for people who wished to be kept informed about updates to the site. This site is a superb "Virtual Library" on migration and ethnic relations, run by the European Research Centre on Migration and Ethnic Relations (ERCOMER) at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands. It is perhaps the most comprehensive site available, and 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. At the end of the library, you can "click" to get included on the VL mailing list, so as to receive updates regarding new entries or corrections to the Virtual Library.

http://www.bsos.umd.edu/cidcm/mar
This is the website for the Minorities At Risk Project, headed by Dr. Ted Robert Gurr. It is an independent, university-based research project that monitors and analyzes the status and conflicts of 268 politically-active communal groups in the larger countries of the world. It is designed to provide information in standardized form that will contribute to the understanding and peaceful accommodation of conflicts involving communal groups. Material relating to all 268 groups included in the project is available on the Website. Information available includes the group's name and estimated population, a background account of the group's characteristics and political setting, a chronology of events initiated by or affecting the group from 1990 to 1995, and an assessment of prospects for change in the group's status in the near future.

http://www.uel.ac.uk/faculties/socsci/law/MR/min.html
The University of East London has established the UEL Minority Rights Database. It is a legal database containing international documents on minorities, judicial decisions by international fora on minority rights in different countries, a recommended reading list on the topic of minority rights, and some information on the related topics of self-determination, equality and discrimination under international law, as well as a set of links to other related Web sites. The database is intended to be a resource and guide for students, academics and practitioners.

http://humanitas.ucsb.edu/aa.html
This is the website for the Affirmative Action and Diversity Project, directed by Carl Gutierrez-Jones at the University of California, Santa-Barbara. It presents diverse opinions on Affirmative Action topics, both pro and con, and is intended as an academic resource for scholars, students and the interested public. It contains on-site articles and analyses, policy documents, current legislative updates, and an annotated bibliography of research and teaching materials.

http://h-net2.msu.edu/~ethnic/
H-ETHNIC is a daily internet discussion forum focused on scholarly topics in ethnicity, race relations, migration and immigration policy, concentrating largely on North America and Europe It includes news and announcements, and encourages debates on interdisciplinary themes. To subscribe, send the message "SUBSCRIBE H-ETHNIC firstname lastname affiliation" to listserv@msu.edu

7. RELATED RESEARCH PROGRAMS

- The Department of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is organizing an NEH-sponsored seminar on "Nation, State and Cultural Pluralism", directed by Crawford Young, from 16 June to 8 August 1997. Participation is limited to faculty at non-Ph.D.-granting institutions and independent scholars. Participants will receive a $4000 stipend. The syllabus includes history and philosophy, as well as poltiical science, and participants need not be political scientists. The object of the seminar is to enlarge the scholarly competence of participants in this field of knowledge, and to equip them with an analytical framework for understanding the complex dynamics of the politics of cultural pluralism. The seminar will hold three two-hour sessions per week. Each participant will be expected to pursue some individual project within this general framework, whose nature will depend upon the professional needs and preferences of the individual. For more information and application materials, contact neh@polisci.wisc.edu.

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
Watson Hall
Queen's University
Kingston, Ontario
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.
Special thanks to Lise Charlebois for help with the Internet Resources section, and with the distribution of the newsletter.
 

 
 
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