Centre for the Study of Democracy and Diversity

Centre for the Study of Democracy and Diversity
Centre for the Study of Democracy and Diversity

CSDD Events

Fall 2017

When Cities Were Sovereign: Tolerantia a Civic Compromise in the Medieval City

Loren King, Wilfred Laurier University
Tuesday, September 26th, 2017
2:30-4:00, Mackintosh-Corry Hall, Room D214
*Co-sponsored by the Department of Political Studies

Lecture Abstract: As a civic ideal, toleration asks us not simply to endure other beliefs and practices, but to consider them as sources of reasons that might eventually be decisive in public affairs. Highlighting this civic dimension of toleration is hardly novel, but it does remind us of a tension hidden from view in a popular statist narrative: of toleration as a civic bulwark against tyranny. Recognizing the demands of toleration unsettles this modernist posture: not simply a bulwark, toleration can transform and disrupt. Before and during the rise of the Westphalian state, shared norms of commerce in and among some medieval cities fostered a grudging recognition that the values and interests of others may be authoritative over us. Put crudely: together, the medieval practices of tolerantia and a lex mercatoria provide fertile grounds for understanding, and perhaps re-imagining, the distinctly civic compromises implicit in liberal-democratic toleration.

About the Speaker: Loren King is an associate professor of political science at Wilfrid Laurier University. His interests are primarily in political philosophy and the human sciences, specifically: problems of rationality, the structure and properties of attractive normative theories, and questions of justice and legitimacy in urban and global governance. He has further interests in statistics and data science, and water stewardship. Loren is principal at Mercator Analytics, and a founding member of the Great Lakes Trust, which awards seed grants supporting science, art, and advocacy for the Canadian Great Lakes. He received his doctorate in 2001 from M.I.T


Bounded Integration: Religion in Politics and Democratic Performance in Turkey and Israel

Aviad Rubin, University of Haifa
Wednesday, November 29th, 2017
2:30-4:00, Mackintosh-Corry Hall, Room D214
*Co-sponsored by the Department of Political Studies

About the Lecture: Aviad Rubin will discuss the Bounded Integration Model (BIM), an analytical framework for explaining the impact of varying levels of religious recognition in the state on democratic performance, and demonstrate its relative advantages vis-à-vis other theories in the field.Utilizing the model for exploring the religion-state relationship in Turkey and Israel produces surprising insights. Specifically, it repudiates the commonly held Western-liberal assumption according to which the separation of religion from state affairs is a necessary condition for a functioning democracy. In fact, sometimes the opposite holds true - when popular preferences support the inclusion of religion in the regime, failing to do so may work against democratic performance. Conversely, the integration of religion in the state within certain bounds, when this policy accords with popular preferences, may produce positive influence on democratic governance.

About the Speaker: Aviad Rubin (PhD, McGill University) is the Israel Institute Visiting Faculty in the Department of Political Science at University of Toronto. He is a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in the School of Political Science, University of Haifa, Israel, where he specializes in the intersection between the politics of identity and regime theory. His forthcoming book explores the influence of the state-religion relationship in Israel and Turkey on democratic performance in both states.


Summer 2017

Gathering on Common Ground: Building Harmony through Diversity in Canada and India

Organized with the assistance of the Canadian Difference Project, the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute, Trent University, Queen's University, the Smith School of Business, and the Centre for the Study of Democracy and Diversity

June 25-27, 2017
Goode's Hall
Queen's University, Kingston ON

A conference, Gathering on Common Ground:  Building Harmony through Diversity in Canada and India, will be held at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, June 25-27, 2017. The objective of the conference is to build on existing Canadian and Indian practices for addressing societal issues in an effort to develop innovative, effective approaches and solutions for moving forward. ‘Mutual Accommodation’ has been a key practice in Canada whereas ‘Nonviolent Action’ has been used extensively in India. Both practices have enabled significant progress, but major challenges remain. Some, such as the state of Indigenous peoples, have been present throughout both countries’ histories. New issues are emerging as our societies become more diverse. The conference will build on our foundational practices and harness our increasing diversity to identify new approaches to addressing societal issues.

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*Registration required

Winter 2017

Speakers Series: Tamás Kiss


Territorial Rights: New Directions and Challenges / Droits Territoriaux: Nouvelles Directions et Nouveaux Défis

Organized by / Organisé par Amandine Catala (UQAM) & Margaret Moore (Queen’s), with the support of / avec le soutien de SSHRC-CRSH, Gripp, Yan Lin Centre, Cridaq, & CSDD

April 21-22 Avril 2017
Université du Québec à Montréal

This conference aims to explore new directions and challenges in both the conceptual and the applied dimensions of territory and territorial rights by bringing together specialists from a range of disciplines: political theory, philosophy, law, public affairs, and international relations.

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*Registration required / Inscription requise: Please register by April 1 at / Veuillez vous inscrire pour le 1er avril via territorial.rights@gmail.com

​ Please visit the website for more information at territorialrights.wordpress.com

Migration, Integration, and Democratic Participation Workshop

Sponsored by the School of Graduate Studies Student Initiative Fund, the Centre for the Study of Democracy and Diversity (CSDD), and the Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship

April 8-9, 2017
Queen's University

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An emerging scholars workshop designed to create a space for thoughtful critique and encouragement during the early stages of academic careers. The hope is to continue to expend this network of support and creativity as emerging scholars advance in their careers.

Organized by: 
Sara Pavan, PhD candidate, Queen’s University
Jessica Merolli, Sheridan College
Colin Scott, PhD candidate, McGill University

Speakers Series: Gregory Whitfield

Speakers Series: Stephen Macedo

Fall 2016

Meetings of the Laboratory for Ethnic Conflict Research

Workshop: Ethnic Conflict and Territorial Disputes

17-18 November 2016
Delta Hotel (by invitation only)

Methods in Ethnic Conflict Research

17 November 2016
Stefan Wolff, Elisabeth King and Cyrus Samii, and Philippe Roseberry
2:00PM-3:30PM Robert Sutherland Hall Room 448

Dissertation proposals in progress 

27 October 2016 
Alexandra Liebich
Samantha Twietmeyer
12:30pm-14:00pm  Mackintosh-Corry Hall - B313

Linking Academic Research with the Policy World

29 September 2016
John McGarry
13:00pm-14:00pm  Mackintosh-Corry Hall - B313


Winter 2016

Lecture Series on Democracy and Diversity

Sponsored by the Centre for the Study of Democracy and Diversity (CSDD), in collaboration with the P.E. Trudeau Foundation and the Canadian Opinion Archive Research (CORA).
Organized by Sara Pavan, PhD Candidate in Political Studies.

The Consequences of Ethnic Diversity: Can We Revive the Research Agenda?

April 8, 2016 2:30 - 3:30 pm
Mac-Corry Hall, B 313

Dietlind Stolle is Professor in Political Science at McGill University and Director of the Inter-University Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship (CSDC). She conducts research and has published on voluntary associations, trust, institutional foundations of social capital, the consequences of ethnic diversity, political mobilization, and new forms of political participation. Her newest book is “Political Consumerism—Global Responsibility in Action” (2013) by Cambridge University Press (with Michele Micheletti). Currently she serves as the PI for the second wave of Canadian Youth Study and co-PI for the Canadian Election Survey (CES). Her new projects include experiments in political communication, collaborations with neuroscientists, and projects on the role of health as well as pregnancy for political mobilization.

Leaning in or Hunkering down? Contact, Trust and Civic Engagement among Immigrants and the Native Born

March 10, 2016 2:30 - 3:30 pm
Mac-Corry Hall, B 313

Michael Jones-Correa is Professor of Government at Cornell University and Robert J. Katz Chair of the Department of Government.  He is a co-author of Latinos in the New Millennium (Cambridge, 2012) and Latino Lives in America: Making It Home (Temple, 2010), the author of Between Two Nations: The Political Predicament of Latinos in New York City (Cornell, 1998), the editor of Governing American Cities: Inter-Ethnic Coalitions, Competition and Conflict (Russell Sage Foundation, 2001), and co-editor of Outsiders No More? Models of Immigrant Political Incorporation (Oxford 2013).  Professor Jones-Correa has been a fellow at Cornell's Institute for Social Sciences, the Russell Sage Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics at Princeton University. He has worked and published extensively on immigration, ethnicity, citizenship and urban politics in the United States. 

Debates over religious Accommodation as Instances of Competitive Group Formation: toward an analytical framework

January 28, 2016 2:30 - 3:30 pm
Mac-Corry Hall, B 313

Phil Triadaphilopoulos is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto.  His research focuses on how governments and political parties in liberal-democratic states are responding to the transformation of their societies as a result of mass immigration.  Triadafilopoulos is the author of Becoming Multicultural: Immigration and the Politics of Membership in Canada and Germany (UBC Pres, 2012).  His work has also appeared in the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Ethnic and Racial Studies, the Review of International Studies, Social Politics, and the Journal of Politics.

For any questions about the Lecture Series, please contact sara.pavan@queensu.ca

Fall 2015

Roundtable on Refugee Crisis

Sponsored by the Centre for the Study of Democracy and Diversity (CSDD) and the School of Graduate Studies

Read the article in the Queen's Gazette

October 2nd, 2015 - 12:00 - 2:15 pm
Miller Hall, Room 201, 36 Union Street, Queen's University

What forces are leading refugees to seek protection in Europe? How are they being received in the countries they travel to and through?  What expectations and rights do refugees have?  What is Canada doing?  What can we do?

 A panel of experts explored various dimensions of the refugee crisis.

 With Marie-Jöelle Zahar, Professor at Université de Montréal, and Senior Mediation Expert with the U.N.

  • Charles Pentland (Political Studies, Queen’s) – on European challenges
  • Zsuzsa Csergö (Political Studies, Queen’s) – on reception in European countries
  • Keith Banting (Political Studies, Queen’s) – on Canada’s immigration policy

Chaired by:  Sara Pavan, doctoral candidate, Queen’s.