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Citizenship, Democracy and Ethnocultural Diversity
Newsletter of the Canadian Centre for Philosophy and Public Policy
No. 8, Summer 1997

 


CONTENTS

1. Introduction
2. CCPPP Conference Reminder
3. Upcoming Conferences
4. Recent Publications
5. 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 eighth 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 .

2. CCPPP CONFERENCE REMINDER

As we announced in the last issue, the CCPPP is organizing a conference on "Citizenship in Diverse Societies: Theory and Practice" at the University of Toronto Law School on October 4 5, 1997. Speakers on the first day of the conference will include Jane Mansbridge (Harvard) and Melissa Williams (Toronto) on political participation and representation; Denise Reaume (Toronto) and Pierre Coulombe (Ottawa) on language rights; Jeff Spinner Halev (Nebraska) and Eamonn Callan (Alberta) on citizenship education and religious diversity; and Jeremy Waldron (Columbia) and Tariq Modood (Policy Studies Institute, London England) on immigration and multiculturalism. On October 5th, the speakers will include Jacob Levy (Princeton) and Mary Ellen Turpel Lafond (Dalhousie) on the rights of indigenous peoples; and Phil Resnick (U.B.C.) and Graham Smith (Cambridge) on federalism and nationalism.

The registration fee is $30, which includes lunch on Saturday and Sunday. To register, or for more information, contact Will Kymlicka, CCPPP, Department of Philosophy, University of Ottawa, Box 450, Station A, Ottawa K1N 6N5 Canada. Telephone: 613 562 5800 (ext. 3690); Fax: 613 562 5135; e mail: ccppp@aix1.uottawa.ca.

You can find out more about the conference within this URL, or by clicking here. A preliminary program is available by clicking here.

3. UPCOMING CONFERENCES

As always, the APSA Section on "Race, Ethnicity and Politics" has organized an impressive and wide ranging set of papers and panels for APSA's annual meeting in Washington DC from August 28 31, 1997. A complete listing of all the section's panels, with e mail links to the authors and panellists, can be found at the Section's website: http://www.providence.edu/polisci/rep/apsa97.htm.

. A Nobel Symposium on "Nationalism, Internationalism in the Post Cold War Era" will be held in Stockholm from September 8 10, 1997. Paper givers include Rainer Baubock, Liah Greenfeld, Yael Tamir, J. Weiler, Ali Mazrui, Stanley Hoffman; commentators include Bhikhu Parekh, John Breuilly, Robert Keohane, Robert Goodin and others. For information, contact Kjell Goldman, Dept. of Political Science, University of Stockholm. Fax: 46 8 152529; e mail: kg@statsvet.su.se

The Ethikon Institute, in conjunction with the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs, is organizing a conference on "Diverse Ethical Perspectives on Territorial Boundaries" to be held in New York on September 12 14, 1997. Participants include David Little, Michael Walzer, Brian Barry, Loren Lomasky, Will Kymlicka, Russell Hardin, David Mapel and others. For information, contact Philip Valera, Ethikon Institute, 230 South Catalina Avenue Suite 313, Redondo Beach, California 90277. Tel/fax: 310 376 5541.

The Western Canadian Philosophical Association is holding its annual meeting at the University of Winnipeg on October 24 26, 1997, on the theme of "Social Unity and Individual Identity in Multination States". The guest speaker will be David Copp. For information, or to submit a paper proposal, contact Bob Bright, Dept. of Philosophy, University of Manitoba, 457 University College, Winnipeg R3T 2M8 Canada. Phone: 204 474 9205; Fax: 204 275 2411; e mail: bright@cc.umanitoba.ca.

The Philosophy Department of Morgan State University is hosting a conference on "Intersections of Race", to be held from October 20 November 1, 1997 at Morgan State University in Baltimore Maryland. This conference invites philosophical papers on a range of topics such as the expression and construction of race, racial identity in a multicultural society, the relation of race to gender and class, and interracial relationships. For information, or to submit a paper or panel proposal, contact the Program Committee, Dept. of Philosophy, Morgan State University, Baltimore MD 21251. Fax: 410 319 3119. E mail: jcrosby@morgan.edu. The conference website is: http://www.phil.indiana.edu/~jmusselm/RPA.html (and then select "conferences").

Michael Keating and John McGarry are organizing a conference on "Minority Nationalism in the Changing State Order" at the University of Western Ontario in London, Canada on November 6 8, 1997. Speakers will include Walker Connor, Kenneth McRoberts, John McGarry, John Jaworsky, Alain Gagnon, Andrey Ivanov and others. For more information, contact Prof. John McGarry, Dept. of Political Science King's College, University of Western Ontario, London Ontario N6A 2M3 Canada. Fax: 519 433 0353; e mail: jmcgarry@julian.uwo.ca.

The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences is organizing a Netherlands Israel Colloquium on "Nationalism, Multiculturalism and Liberal Democracy" in Amsterdam on November 26 28, 1997. Participants include Avishai Margalit, Chaim Gans, Herman van Gunsteren, Marlies Galenkamp, Alon Harel, Yael Tamir, Veit Bader, Shlomo Avineri, Will Kymlicka and others. For information, contact Bruno Verbeek, coordinator of the Netherlands School for Research in Practical Philosophy, Niewe Doelenstraat 15, 1012 CP Amsterdam, Netherlands. Fax: 31 20 5254503; E mail: ozse@philo.uva.nl.

The Croatian Committee for UNESCO is organizing an international conference on "Multiculturalism and Post Communism: Tradition and Democratic Process", to be held in Dubrovnik from November 27 30, 1997. Sessions include integration, regionalism and new states; postcommunism, democracy and development; cultural pluralism, minorities and globalization. This conference is part of the UNESCO "MOST" program (cf. section 7 below). For information, or to submit an abstract, contact the Croation Commission for UNESCO, Kneza Mislava 18, 1000 Zagreb, Croatia. Fax: 385 1 446510; e mail: natcom@unesco.hr. Or check the conference web site at: http://www.unesco.org/most/croatia.htm.

As part of the European Consortium on Political Research (ECPR), Andreas Follesdal and Lukas Meyer are organizing a workshop on "Sub Sovereign European Nations: Acommodating the non exclusive or non territorial claims of Roma/Sinti, Jewish and Saami minorities". It will take place at the University of Warwick, March 23 29, 1998. The workshop will examine the normative foundations of the claims to cultural rights and political autonomy of these groups, and the possible institutional arrangements for meeting these needs, given that territorially based federal solutions seem unworkable or unnecessary. It will also consider the role of the EU in resolving disputes relating to these claims. For more information, including a call for papers, and an extensive bibliography, see the workshop web page: http://www.sv.uio.no/~andreasf/SUB_SOV.HTM.

The first meeting of the Working Group on Law, Culture and the Humanities will be held at the Georgetown Law Center, Washington DC, from March 27 29 1998. The Working Group is an informal network of scholars engaged in interdisciplinary and humanistically oriented legal scholarship, seeking a dialogue on issues of interpretation, identity, and values, and about law's place in culture. Sessions will include topics such as Human Rights and Cultural Pluralism; History, Memory and Law; Beyond Identity; Ethics, Religion and Law. For more information, or to submit a proposal for a paper or a panel (by Oct. 1 1997), contact Prof. Austin Sarat, Dept. of Law, Jurispudence and Social Thought, Box 2259, Amherst College, Amherst MA 01002; Phone: 413 542 2308; Fax: 413 542 2264.

The second international conference on "Crossroads In Cultural Studies" will be held in Tampere, Finland from June 28 July 1 1998. The special theme of the conference is "borders and border crossings", but is open to papers "on all topics that interest the diverse international cultural studies community". Expected topics of sessions and plenaries include gender, ethnicity, identity, nation states, globalization, culture and economy. For information contact Crossroads in Cultural Studies, Tampere Conference Service, PO Box 32, 33201 Tampere Finland. Tel: 358 3 3664400; Fax: 358 3 2226440; e mail: iscsmail@uta.fi. Or check the conference web site at: http://www.uta.fi/crossroads/

4. RECENT PUBLICATIONS

To keep our listing manageable, and in line with the aims of our overall research project, our focus is on those publications which have a strongly theoretical and normative focus, rather than a purely descriptive or historical focus. Also, we are listing only books and journal symposia, not individual journal articles. All prices in U.S. dollars. Most of these books can be ordered (often at a discount) through the Amazon electronic bookstore at http://amazon.com, which also contains more information about the contents of each book (eg., tables of contents, quotes from book reviews):

Nicholas Capaldi (ed) Immigration: Debating the Issues (Prometheus Books, 1997), $16.95

Donald Clark and Robert Williamson (eds) Self Determination: International Perspsectives (St. Martin's Press, 1996), $75.00; includes articles by Rodolfo Stavenhagen, Hurst Hannum, Erica Irene Daes, Gudmundur Alfredson, Asbjorn Eide, David Little, Mary Ellen Turpel, Daniel Turp. Anthony Cook, The Least of These: Race, Law and Religion in American Culture (Routledge, 1997), $18.95

Alastair Davidson, From Subject to Citizen: Australian Citizenship in the Twentieth Century (Cambridge University Press, 1997), $64.95

Avery Gordon and Christopher Newfield (eds), Mapping Multiculturalism (University of Minnesota Press, 1996), $24.95.

Will Kymlicka, States, Nations and Cultures: Spinoza Lectures (Van Gorcum, Amsterdam, 1997).

Ruth Lapidoth, Autonomy: Flexible Solutions to Ethnic Conflicts (U.S. Institute of Peace Press, Washington, 1996). $19.95

Kenneth McRoberts, Misconceiving Canada: The Struggle for National Unity (Oxford University Press, Toronto, 1997). $35.00

Martha Minow, Not Only for Myself: Identity, Politics and the Law (New Press, 1997), $25.00

Jill Norgren and Serena Nanda, American Cultural Pluralism and the Law Second Edition (Praeger, 1996), $22.95

Kathleen Paul, Whitewashing Britain: Race and Citizenship in the Postwar Era (Cornell University Press, 1997), $39.95

Juan Perea (ed), Immigrants Out! The New Nativism and the Anti Immigrant Impulse in the United States (NYU Press, 1996), $19.95

Donald Roy, The Reuniting of America: Eleven Multicultural Dialogues (Peter Lang Publishing, 1996 Volume 11 in the "Major Concepts in Politics and Political Theory" series).

Fernand de Varennes, Language, Minorities and Human Rights (Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, The Hague, 1996). $192.50

A special issue of the journal Law and Philosophy (Vol. 16, #3, 1997) is devoted to "Racism and the Law: The Legacy and Lessons of Plessy", with articles by Gerald Postema, Mark Tushnet, James Nickel, Frederick Schauer, and Bernard Boxill.

A recent issue of the Report of the Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy (Vol. 17/1, 1997) is devoted to "The Affirmative Action Debate", and includes articles by William Galston, Robert Fullinwider, Judith Lichtenberg and David Luban, David Wasserman, and Owen Fiss. A special issue of the journal Ratio Juris (Vol. 10/1, 1997) is devoted to "Toleration", with articles by Letizia Gianformaggio, Giogio Spini, Jean Imbert, Henry Kamen and others.

A recent issue of Profile: Newsletter of the Royal Society of Canada (Vol. 5/1, Spring 1997) is devoted to an exploration of multiculturalism in Canada. It includes short articles on the evolution of Canadian multiculturalism, multiculturalism in health care, a comparison of federal and Quebec multiculturalism policies, and recent research on ethnic relations. To receive a copy, contact Linda Vachon, Publications Coordinator, Royal Society, 225 Metcalfe St, Suite 308, Ottawa K2P 1P9. Fax: 613 991 6996; e mail: ivachon@rsc.ca
Three journals have recently had special issues on the topic of "citizenship education": (1) the UNESCO journal Prospects (Vol. 26/4, December 1996); (2) Canadian and International Education (Vol. 25/2, December 1996); and (3) Canadian Social Studies (Vol. 31/3, Spring 1997).

5. JOURNALS

Have you written a paper on issues of citizenship and ethnocultural diversity, but don't know where to publish it? In previous issues of this newsletter, we've listed several new journals on topics of ethnicity and nationalism, or on cultural studies more generally. For those with a more normative or philosophical approach, there have also been some interesting new journals in the field of political philosophy, many of which publish papers in the area of democracy and pluralism.
These include the Journal of Political Philosophy; Public Affairs Quarterly, Ethics and International Affairs; Constellations; The Responsive Community; Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence; Social Identities. For a helpful survey of these new journals, see David McCabe's "New Journals in Political Philosophy and Related Fields", Ethics, Vol. 106/4 (1996), pp. 800 16. For more law oriented papers, you might consider two recent journals. The Michigan Journal of Race and Law was founded in 1995 to serve as a forum for the exploration of issues relating to race and law. To submit a paper, send it to the Article Editors, Michigan Journal of Race and Law, University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor MA, 48109 1215. Fax: 313 764 6043.
For more information about the journal, and for a list of other race related law journals, see the MJRL web page at:
http://www.law.umich.edu/pubs/journals/mjrl/

The former International Journal on Group Rights, formed in 1993, has just been renamed as the International Journal on Group and Minority Rights. It is published by Kluwer, and edited by Yonah Alexander of George Washington University in Washington DC. It is "devoted to legal, political, and social problems stemming from the existence of minorities and groups within society", focusing specifically on groups defined by religion, race, culture and language. For more information, see the Kluwer web page at http://kapis.www.wkap.nl/ (then click on "journal homepages").

6. INTERNET RESOURCES

(a) Human Rights: One of the most remarkable (and remarked upon) developments in the internet has been the international networking of human rights groups. There are now literally hundreds of web sites relating to human rights on the internet. Here are just a few of the most interesting ones:

http://shr.aaas.org/dhr.htm
http://www.umn.edu/humanrts
These are two useful directories to human rights resources on the web. The first is the "Directory of Human Rights Resources on the Internet", developed by the Amercian Association for the Advancement of Science. It contains descriptions and links to hundreds of sites organized by topic, region, and language, as well as an index of electronic publications available on the internet, and a list of upcoming events.
The second is the "University of Minnesota Human Rights Library", which is another comprehensive list of relevant sites.

http://www.amnesty.org
http://www.state.gov/www/global/human_rights/1996_hrp_report/
These two sites provide helpful overviews of the state of human rights around the world. The first is the web page for Amnesty International, and includes their country by country survey of human rights abuses. The second is the annual human rights "country reports" compiled by the U.S. Department of State.

http://www.uottawa.ca/~hrrec/
For human rights resources in Canada, check out the web site of the Human Rights Research and Education Center (HRREC) at the University of Ottawa.
It contains information about human rights organizations in Canada, as well as upcoming conferences and workshops, the Centre's publications (including its Bulletin), and extensive links to other sites in Canada and abroad.

http://www.cdn hr reporter.ca/chr
This is the web site for the Canadian Human Rights Reporter. The CHRR is a non profit publisher intended to promote access to human rights law in Canada. The web site contains excerpts from most of the important human rights cases in Canada, as well as links to related sites.

(b) Ethnicity/Nationalism Research Resources

http://www2.hawaii.edu/~fredr/ethnic.htm
Fred Riggs at the University of Hawaii coordinates ETHNIC L, a discussion list of liason persons for a global set of organizer groups, associations, centers, and related organizations interested in promoting research on ethnicity. Members share information through an e mail list. This web site contains a list of the associated groups, with links to their internet sites and e mail addresses.

http://kennedy.soc.surrey.ac.uk/socresonline/2/1/natlinks.html
The Dutch political scientist Paul Treanor has created an extensive, and often humorous, collection of links to resources on nationalism and ethnicity. It includes an idiosyncratic collection of academic research, government documents, popular press articles, NGOs, political party programs, all organized according to Treanor's own typology of forms of nationalism (globalism, macro cultural, national state nationalism, ethno nationalism, and localism). This is part of the "Sociological Research Online" series.

http://www.ercomer.org/wwwvl/
This the new internet address for the superb ERCOMER "Virtual Library on Migration and Ethnic Relations", which we mentioned in newsletter #6. Also a new search engine has been added to the site, so that you can now search the over 1,500 electronic documents by keyword. The first place to look for anyone wanting to get a sense of the resources available on the internet on ethnic relations.

(c) Miscellaneous

http://www.partal.com/ciemen/conf/
This is the website for the "Universal Declaration of Linguistic Rights", sponsored by PEN and the EscarrQ International Centre for Ethnic Minorities and Nations (CEIMEN). It is the result of a two year process of drafting, involving twelve successive versions, and the participation of over fifty international experts and 100 NGOs from ninety nations. The final draft was approved at a conference in Barcelona in June 1996. The sponsors hope that it will lead to the adoption of an International Convention on language rights by the United Nations.

http://www.osceprag.cz/inst/hcnm/hcnm1.htm
This is the web site of the Office of the High Commissioner on National Minorities (HCNM), which was created in 1992 by the Organization for Security and Co operation in Europe. The High Commissioner (Max van der Stoel) has been involved in some of the most interesting and controversial political developments relating to the rights of national minorities in Europe over the last few years. This web site includes information about the mandate and activities of the HCNM, and instructions about how to receive bulletins regarding the High Commissioner's work. The HCNM is assisted in this work by the Foundation on Inter Ethnic Relations (FIER) in The Hague, under the direction of Arie Bloed. FIER engages in analytical research to promote understanding of minority issues. For information about FIER, contact mailto:schultzj@kear.tds.net. Or by fax at 603 526 4954.

UNESCO designed and sponsors an extensive program called "MOST" to promote international comparative social science research on areas of vital human importance. One of the largest research themes within the MOST program is "Multicultural and Multiethnic Societies", which aims to promote research "on the nature of change in multicultural and multiethnic societies in which issues of education, culture and religion, identity and human needs, democratic governance, conflict and cohesion interact". It primarily supports large scale long term research, and seeks to transfer the relevant findings to decision makers, and thereby establish sustainable links between the scientific and policy communities. Specific projects include studies of ethnic conflict in Eastern Europe, Asia Pacific migration, and ethnicity in Africa. For more information on these projects, see the MOST web site, listed below. This site also includes the full texts of several interesting discussion papers on the methodological issues and policy options relevant to research on multiculturalism, written by Henri Giordan, Stephen Castles, Juan Diez Medrano, Christine Inglis and others. You can also ask to be sent e mail updates on MOST projects, or sign up for the MOST "Discussion Forum on Ethnic Policy". The web site is: http://www.unesco.org/most/restheme.htm.


ANNOUNCEMENTS: If you would like to announce a new research project, web site, 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:

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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 distribution of the newsletter.
 

 
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