Welcome to the Centre
The Centre for the Study of Democracy and Diversity (CSDD) at Queen’s University is an interdisciplinary Centre aimed at advancing research and teaching within the areas of democracy and diversity. The Centre seeks to bring the theoretical and practical knowledge of diverse scholars, practitioners, methodologies and disciplines to bear on the unique strengths and challenges posed by diversity in democratic societies.
In pursuit of its interdisciplinary mission, the Centre focuses on diversity, broadly conceived, including diversity of lifestyle, philosophical diversity, racial diversity, gender diversity, diversity that is brought by indigenous societies to settler-colonial societies, diversity caused by immigration, and diversity caused when a state comprises a number of different ethnic, religious or national communities. It also focuses on democracy, asking questions about the appropriate political institutions and policies needed for governing diverse societies, and how such institutions and policies are to be evaluated normatively It further considers the special case of states that are undergoing significant transitions, from civil war to peace and from authoritarianism to democracy (or the reverse, as in the cases of ‘illiberal democracies’).
The Centre supports international teaching and learning opportunities for its Fellows & Emerging Scholars, and invites international Post-Doctoral Fellows to study from around the globe. An international workshop on territorial rights supported by the Centre involved scholars from UK, Germany, Ireland, Norway, Chile, and the U.S. Three Centre Fellows are currently engaged in a project called “The Politics of Complex Diversity in Contested Cities” which examines ethnic rivalries in the historically contested cities of Montreal, Brussels, Belfast, and Vilnius. Director Margaret Moore holds several research grants that involve international cooperation with other researchers, especially in Israel, the UK, and Germany.
The Centre’s members include two Trudeau fellows, two recipients of the Order of Canada, three fellows of the Royal Society, and two Killam prize winners.
CSDD counts emerging scholars among its members and actively supports the research of graduate students whose work falls within its mandates. The Centre contributes to graduate student training by supporting graduate-run conferences, hosting conferences, workshops, and lectures at which graduate students may present their work, and contributing to the curriculum and funding of international summer schools. Research grants held by members of the Centre have also supported graduate student research and work.