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This year, the department hosted a number of events including an Indigenous Land Rights and Reconciliation workshop hosted by the Centre for Democracy and Diversity, a Homecoming Open House, the annual John Meisel Lecture Series in Contemporary Political Controversies, the Political Studies Speaker Series, and Workshops in Comparative Politics.

Indigenous Land Rights and Reconciliation Workshop

Held on September 5 and 6, 2019 and funded by a Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Connection Grant, the Centre for the Study of Democracy and Diversity’s Indigenous Land Rights and Reconciliation workshop brought over 20 scholars from around the world to Queen’s University to seek a better understanding of the normative and ontological considerations that underlie Indigenous land claims. Over the course of two days, panelists and participants, comprised of Indigenous and non-Indigenous researchers and community activists, discussed the justifications for land rights from Indigenous perspectives and considered the implications for political and legal practice. The workshop produced six podcast episodes for a series titled “Indigenous Land Rights and Reconciliation,” which can be found here.

The John Meisel Lecture in Contemporary Political Controversies

The third annual Meisel Lecture was held on November 21, 2019 and featured Dr. Alana Cattapan, assistant professor at the University of Waterloo, speaking on the topic of “Excluded and Enraged: On Gender, Anger, and Violence” to an audience of over 120 people in Grant Hall. Dr. Cattapan discussed how gendered forms of anger can inform our understanding of historic and contemporary acts of violence against women, and what that means for anger as a tool for social justice. The event was opened by Kanonhsyonne Janice Hill, Associate Vice-Principal (Indigenous Initiatives and Reconciliation), and included additional remarks by Dean Barbara Crow, and Department Head, Eleanor MacDonald. A decision was made to cancel the third annual John Meisel Lecture in Contemporary Political Controversies in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

To honour Professor John Meisel and support the John Meisel Lecture Series in Contemporary Controversies, please visit the Give to Queen's website.

2019-2020 Speaker Series Events




Michael Keating (The School of Social Science, University of Aberdeen)

‘Hunting the Snark’ (Lewis Carroll): The Politics of Brexit October 3, 2019

Stephen Larin (Political Studies, Queen’s)
Keith Banting (Policy Studies and Political Studies, Queen’s) 
Patti Lenard (Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Ottawa)
Phil Triadafilopoulos (Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy/University of Toronto) 

Election Panel: Migration

October 10, 2019

Moderator: Kyle Hanniman (Political Studies, Queen's)
Adrienne Davidson (Political Studies, Queen’s)
Holly Ann Garnett (Political Studies and Economics, RMC)
Kim Nossal (Political Studies and CIDP, Queen’s )
Daniel Westlake (Political Studies, Queen’s)

Election Panel: Post-Election

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Luc Turgeon (Political Studies, University of Ottawa)

Liberalism, Prejudice or Religiosity? Understanding Attitudes toward Minority Religious Symbols in Quebec

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Rachel Laforest (Political Studies, Queen’s)

Fighting Poverty Provincial Style

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Margaret Moore (Political Studies and CSDD, Queen’s)
George Anderson (Consultant)
John McGarry (Political Studies, Queen's)
Marie-Joëlle Zahar (Political Science, Université de Montréal)

How Do Territorial and Power Configurations Affect Constitutional Transitions? Thursday, November 28, 2019

María Martín de Almagro (Université de Montréal)

The Peacebuilding Fund and Post-War Economic Reform:
Understanding the Relationship Between Gender, Land Rights and Extractive Economies in Liberia

Thursday, December 5, 2019
Elizabeth Baisley (University of Toronto) Conversion and Replacement: Interest Group Strategies and Polarization Thursday, February 6, 2020
Stéphanie Chouinard (Royal Military College of Canada)

Courts, federalism, and minorities: The case of language rights at the Supreme Court of Canada

Thursday, February 27, 2020
Scott Pruysers (Dalhousie University)

Local Party Organization and Representational Outcomes:
Evidence from Canada

Thursday, March 5, 2020
Robert Schertzer (University of Toronto)

Courting Diversity: the contradictions and implications of a representative Supreme Court of Canada

Thursday, March 12, 2020