MINELRES: Citizenship, Democracy and Ethnocultural Diversity Newsletter #53, Summer 2009 (excerpts)

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      Citizenship, Democracy and Ethnocultural Diversity 
Newsletter of the Queen's Forum for Philosophy and Public Policy 
                    No. 53, Summer 2009


1. Introduction
2. Upcoming Conferences
3. Recent Publications
4. Call for Papers


The Forum for Philosophy and Public Policy at Queen's University is
organizing a multi-year, research project on citizenship, democracy and
minority rights in multiethnic states, under the direction of Prof. Will
Kymlicka. As part of this project, the Forum distributes a quarterly
newsletter updating recent developments in the field, of which this is
the fifty-third issue. We hope that it
will be of interest to anyone working in the field, whether in academia,
public service, or non-governmental organizations.

If you would like to be added to the mailing list for this newsletter,
please contact us at cded@queensu.ca. Back-issues of the newsletter are
posted on the Web on Will Kymlicka's home-page: 


In partnership with the International Metropolis Project Canada and the 
Australian Multicultural Foundation, the Monash Institute for the Study
of Global Movements is hosting the "Refugee Futures Conference 2009" on
September 10-12, 2009 at the Monash University Prato Centre (Prato,
Italy). The conference will canvass one of the most important issues of
the modern world v the increasing flow of refugees and asylum seekers
between countries in the wake of continuing pockets of conflict and
war.  For more information, visit: 

The 14th International Metropolis Conference, on the theme of "National 
Responses to Cultural Diversity", will be held on 14-18 September 2009
in Copenhagen, Denmark. For more information, visit the website at: 

A conference on the topic of "The Ethics of Military Intervention:  What
Can We Learn from the Modern European Classics?" will be held at
Columbia University in NYC on September 18-19, 2009. The conference will
bring together a distinguished group of American and European scholars
in international relations and political theory. Papers will seek to
illuminate and reconstruct the thought of some of the most influential
modern European thinkers on questions of military intervention and
empire. Confirmed participants include Michael Doyle, Pierre Hassner,
Andrew Hurrell, and Richard Tuck. The complete conference program can be
downloaded at: 

The third annual law conference of the Canadian Constitution Foundation
will be on theme of "Race, Religion, Equality and Freedom: Current
Canadian Legal Controversies". It will be held at the Best Western
Primrose Hotel in Toronto the weekend of October 2-4, 2009. For further
information, visit the conference website at: 


York University (Toronto, Canada) will be hosting a conference on
"Towards a Democratic Cosmopolis: Diaspora, Citizenship, and
Recognition", on 21-24 October 2009. The conference will provide a
unique opportunity to understand the emerging cosmopolitan realities of
contemporary Toronto and other cosmopolitan cities, such as London, New
York, Honk Kong, Buenos Aires, and Paris. The changing dynamic of
migrations and immigrations in cities like Toronto are essential for
contextualizing discussions of citizenship, recognition, and identity.
The conference will bring together interdisciplinary scholars to discuss
and debate the values of -democratic cosmopolitanism-. One of the
questions to be addressed by the conference is the extent to which
members of resettled groups v both migrants/immigrants as well as their
descendants v feel they are part of a larger community (eg., as
Canadians) in electoral participation as well as other aspects of
exercising citizenship. Furthermore, do those resettled in Toronto and
other cities shape their identities and experience recognition as
citizens in terms of a sense of "place" and belonging or does a new form
of global citizenship arise as a consequence of multicentred Diasporas
and does it need to be integrated into our understanding of an emerging
cosmopolitanism? What kinds of identities have been formed, how
connected are they to each other within a community of origin and
resettlement, and how do they see themselves as fitting into a larger
community? Do ethnocultural groups feel they are recognized? Does
settlement and life in large cities help them in terms of available
ethnic spaces and places and do broader societal values of a
cosmopolitan nature promote a sense of belonging and inclusion?  The
conference is part of the series of Diaspora, Citizenship, and
Recognition. For more information, please visit our conference website: 


The 10th International Conference of ABECAN (Brazilian Association for 
Canadian Studies) will be held on the theme "Diversity and Collective
Imaginary Dialogues" from November 17-20, 2009, at the Federal
University of GoiŔs, GoiÁnia, Brazil. To download the conference program
or to register, visit website 
http://congresso2009.abecan.org.br/en/index.php, or send an email to 

The annual Networking European Citizenship Education (NECE) conference
will be on the theme of "The Impact of Citizenship and Cultural
Education on Social Cohesion". It will be held in Vilnius, Lithuania, on
Dec. 3-5, 2009. The conference will seek creative impulses for
pan-European citizenship education. A further object of the conference
is to strengthen the impact of pan-European citizenship education on
social processes within the diverse landscape of social and civil
organizations in Europe. A Call for Projects has been launched to gather
outstanding and innovative working models, concepts and projects or new
didactic materials for teaching citizenship and cultural education for
the purpose of strengthening social cohesion. To apply for the
conference, please complete the registration form at:
September 6th, 2009. For more information, visit the website: 
or write to 

A Research Workshop on "Diaspora and Citizenship: European and Asian 
Perspectives" will be held on January 15, 2010 at the University of
Manchester. Although national diasporas are not a new phenomenon, their
implications for national solidarity and state citizenship have become
more prevalent in recent decades. There has been much debate as to how
immigrants participate in the host society, but less discussion of how
diaspora communities interact with their home state. This workshop has
been organised to address that gap. Its unique contribution to the
debate will be a comparative analysis across Europe, Southeast and East
Asia. The workshop sets out to explore the specific effects of this
dynamic on national identity and citizenship in the homeland. Possible
issues to be 
addressed include: How does nation-building in the home state deal with
diaspora? Is it included in an ethnic construction of the nation, or
does its existence tend to be downplayed? What are the consequences for
citizenship policies in the home state? Do members of a diaspora retain
the right to vote? Can they acquire dual nationality? What does this
mean for conceptions of national loyalty and belonging? How have
homeland policies and attitudes changed over time? How do governments
and political parties seek to appeal to or co-opt 
diaspora concerns into their policy-making? To what extent do diaspora
communities retain the ability to influence politics in the homeland
through lobbying, investment or remittances? How do examples of
state-diaspora relations challenge our understanding of such established
concepts as the nation-state, national identity, citizenship, diaspora,
and belonging? Invited participants will be offered some financial
support to attend the workshop. Please send 200-300 word abstracts to
claire.sutherland@durham.ac.uk by 15th September 2009. Co-convenors: Dr
Elena Barabantseva, University of Manchester and Dr Claire Sutherland,
University of Durham.

The Centre for Ethnicity and Citizenship at the University of Bristol
will be hosting a conference on "The Politics of Misrecognition: An
Interdisciplinary Conference" on 22-23 January 2010. The keynote speaker
is Axel Honneth. The conference is organized by Wendy Martineau
(University of Bristol), Nasar Meer (University of Southampton) and
Simon Thompson (University of the West of England, Bristol), and is
supported by the Economic and Social Research Council, the Political
Studies Association and the Department of Politics at Bristol
University. For more information, visit: 
http://www.bristol.ac.uk/sociology/ethnicitycitizenship/events.html. To
propose a paper, please submit a 250 word abstract to
simon.thompson@uwe.ac.uk by 11 September 2009. 


A conference on "Veiled Constellations: The Veil, Critical Theory,
Politics, and Contemporary Society" will be held at York University
(Toronto, Canada) on June 3-5, 2010, co-sponsored by Departments of
Political Science, Sociology and Communication and Culture. The
increasing politicization of the veil, made most prominent by
conservative and radical secular movements within the EU
and by a growing literature that paints the veil as a threat to human
rights and/or security, have had an immeasurable effect on
inter-cultural exchanges. These secular forms of theorizing and debating
have been countered by a concurrent movement, spearheaded by
Islamic-minded thinkers: the shrouding of the female form
as a variation of patriarchal resistance. Given the amplified visibility
of the veil and the growing desire of people to veil and unveil, what
kinds of research options can move us beyond this analytical impasse?
Have the responses to the liberal, conservative, and Islamic positions
on the veil been cogent? What theoretical questions have not yet been
asked? What impact has this hitherto insoluble debate had on those who
choose everyday to wear the veil? This conference seeks, in the face of
these trends, to bring previously unheard views on the veil to the fore.
We welcome submissions of all sorts that deal with the issue, including
those that take cross-cultural, historical, and/or comparative
approaches. We encourage submissions from all disciplines that push the
boundaries of creativity and intellectual discussion, and that take a
critical and previously unexplored position on the veil. For more
information, visit 
Proposal submissions should be sent by October 1st, 2009 to: 

On 10-12 June 2010, the University of Avignon will be hosting a
multidisciplinary colloquium on "Cultural Minorities: Expressions and
Territories", focusing on cultural minorities and their manifestations
in Canada. Cultural minorities are groups that explicitly set themselves
apart from the dominant majority culture, thanks to their attitudes,
their modes of action and expression and the way they choose to present
themselves publicly. The question is whether they fall within the scope
of larger international movements. To what extent can they be considered
as specifically Canadian? What are their links with similar groups in
Europe and the United States, for example? Are they nourished by
elements from traditional/indigenous cultures, and, if so, can they give
them a new lease of life? Do they give rise to specific stances on
identity? Minorities express themselves through different art forms,
notably through music and the visual arts, but also through literature
and theatre, the latter being a particular focus of the conference. What
are the different languages in which they express themselves, what are
their codes, their distinguishing features, their affiliations? What is
the history of such groups and what are their claims? How are they seen
by the dominant culture through the media and within public space? Are
they tolerated, encouraged, recuperated? Are they subject to limitations
imposed on them? Are they confined to certain territories, connected to
certain social spaces or even to specific ethnic groups? Papers may be
given in English or in French. The deadline for the submission of
abstracts (150 words maximum) is 31 October 2009. Please send enquiries
and proposals for papers to: 
patrice.brasseur@univ-avignon.fr. For more information, visit: 


Books (Prices in US$)

Arnesen, Anne-Lise et al (2009) Policies and practices for teaching
sociocultural diversity - Concepts, principles and challenges in teacher
(Council of Europe) $30.

Bell, Mark (2009) Racism and Equality in the European Union (Oxford UP)

Benhabib, Seyla, Judith Resnik (eds.) (2009) Migrations and Mobilities: 
Citizenship, Borders and Gender (NYU Press) $22.

Bramadat, Paul and Matthias Koenig (eds.) (2009) International Migration
and the Governance of Religious Diversity (McGill-Queen-s UP) $39.95.

Evans, Malcolm (2009) Manual on the wearing of religious symbols in
public areas 
(Council of Europe) $50.

Dhamoon, Rita (2009) Identity/Difference Politics: How Difference is
Produced and Why it Matters (UBC Press, 2009) $85.

De Feyter, Koen and George Pavlakos (2008) The Tension Between Group
Rights and Human Rights: A Multidisciplinary Approach (Hart) $95.

Hogan-Brun, Gabriele, Clare Mar-Molinero and Patrick Stevenson (2009) 
Discourses on Language and Integration: Critical perspectives on
language testing regimes in Europe (John Benjamins) $135.

Extra, Guus, Massimiliano Spotti, and Piet Van Avermaet (2009) Language 
Testing, Migration and Citizenship: Cross-National Perspectives

Geschiere, Peter (2009) The Perils of Belonging: Autochthony,
Citizenship, and Exclusion in Africa and Europe (U. Chicago Press)

Goodale, Mark (2009) Surrendering to Utopia: An Anthropology of Human 
Rights (Stanford UP) $19.95.

Haidar, Hamid (2008) Liberalism and Islam: Practical Reconciliation
between the Liberal State and Shiite Muslims (Palgrave) $80.00

Hashemi, Nader (2009) Islam, Secularism, and Liberal Democracy: Toward a 
Democratic Theory for Muslim Societies  (Oxford UP) $65.00

Henrard, Kristin and Robert Dunbar (eds) (2009) Synergies in Minority 
Protection: European and International Law Perspectives (Cambridge UP) 

Holtug, Nils, Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen and Sune Laegaard (eds.) (2009) 
Nationalism and Multiculturalism in a World of Immigration (Palgrave)

Hochschild, Jennifer and John Moellendorf (eds) (2009) Bringing
Outsiders In: Transatlantic Perspectives on Immigrant Political
Incorporation (Cornell UP) 

Hooker, Juliet (2009) Race and the Politics of Solidarity (Oxford UP)

Kartal, Filiz (2009) Changing Concepts and Practices of Citizenship:
Experiences and Perceptions of Second-Generation Turkish-Germans (VDM
Verlag) $111.00

Kastoryano, Riva (ed.) (2009) An Identity for Europe: The Relevance of 
Multiculturalism in EU Construction (Palgrave) $71.97.

Kaya, Ayhan (2009) Islam, Migration and Integration: The Age of
Securitization (Palgrave) $100.00

Minority Rights Group (2009) State of the World's Minorities and
Indigenous Peoples (Minority Rights Group).

March, Andrew (2009) Islam and Liberal Citizenship: The Search for an 
Overlapping Consensus (Oxford UP) $44.00

Nachamani, Amikan (2009) Europe and its Muslim Minorities: Aspects of 
Conflict, Attempts at Accord (Sussex Academic Press) $74.95  

Nedelsky, Nadya (2009) Defining the Sovereign Community: The Czech and 
Slovak Republics (U.Penn Press) $65.00

Pentassuglia, Gaetano (2009) Minority Groups and Judicial Discourse in 
International Law (Brill) $141.00

Phillipson, Robert (2009) Linguistic Imperialism Continued (Routledge)

Prato, Guiliana (ed) (2009) Beyond Multiculturalism: Views from
Anthropology (Ashgate) $99.95

Shachar, Ayelet (2009) The Birthright Lottery: Citizenship and Global
Inequality (Harvard UP) $39.95

Skutnabb-Kangas, Tove (2009) Social Justice Through Multilingual
Education (Multilingual Matters) $44.77.

Stilz, Anna (2009) Liberal Loyalty: Freedom, Obligation, and the State
(Princeton UP) $21.56.

Taran, Patrick et al (2009) Economic migration, social cohesion and
development: towards an integrated approach (Council of Europe) $58.

Thompson, Annis May (2009) First Nations, First Thoughts: The Impact of 
Indigenous Thoughts on Canada (UBC Press) $85. 

Wachira, George Mukundi (ed) (2009) Ethnicity, Human Rights and 
Constitutionalism in Africa (International Commission of Jurists, and

Zapata-Barrero, Ricard (ed.) (2009) Immigration and Self-government of
Minority Nations (Peter Lang) $43.95.

Zelizer, Craig and Robert Rubinstein (eds) (2009) Building Peace:
Practical Reflections From the Field (Kumarian Press) $29.95

Journal Special Issues

A recent issue of Educational Philosophy and Theory (Vol. 41/4, 2009)
contains a symposium on "Patriotism and Citizenship Education, guest
edited by Bruce Haynes. Authors include Yusef Waghid, Peter Roberts,
Bruce Haynes and Muna Golmohamad.


A recent issue of Current Anthropology (Vol. 50/3, June 2009) contains a
debate on "Indigeneity Global and Local", with a lead article by
Francesca Merlan, and commentaries by Ravindra de Costa, Carol
Greenhouse, Charles R. Hale, Will Kymlicka, Alcida Rita Ramos, Jeffrey
Sissons, and Merlan's reply.

A recent issue of the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies (Vol.
35/7, 2009) focuses on the role of the local context in immigrant and
second-generation integration in the United States. Guest-edited by Mark
Ellis and Gunnar Almgren, other contributors include Alejandro Portes,
Patricia Fernandez-Kelly, Patricia, William Haller, Jamie Goodwin-White,
Paul Jargowsky, Min Zhou, John Mollenkopf, Ana Champeny, John Logan,
Sookhee Oh, Jennifer Darrah, and Peggy Levitt. 

A recent issue of Turkish Studies Journal (Vol. 10/2, June 2009) focused
on "Turkish Identity Formation and Political Mobilization in Western
Europe and North America", guest-edited by Sebnem Koser Akcapar and
Gokce Yurdakul, with articles by Ahmet Icduygu, Pontus Odmalm, Saime
Ozcurumez, Ahmet Ykleyen, Esra ?yrek, Laure Michon; Floris Vermeulen,
Jon Rogstad, Jonathan Lacey, and Thomas Faist. 


St Antonys International Review (STAIR) has issued a call for papers for
a special issue on "Sovereignty and Secessionist Movements: Prospects
and Challenges". Recent events in Kosova, South Ossetia, and Abkhazia
have drawn the attention of the international community to secessionist
movements, refocusing interest on cases such as Tibet and Somaliland.
The increased activity of secessionist  
movements has revitalized intellectual debate over the changing meaning
of sovereignty, self-determination, statebuilding, recognition, and
security concerns. As the international political community strives to
come to terms with these issues, the academic community is faced with
the challenge of identifying the possible implications of these
developments. STAIR invites academics, policymakers, and practitioners
to engage in an inter-disciplinary discussion of this theme. We seek to
publish empirical, theoretical, and policy-oriented articles, and case
studies that cover a variety of issue areas including secession,
self-determination, and recognition. Articles could consider, but are
not limited to, the following questions: What criteria have been used to
justify secession? How do secession movements challenge our
understanding of state sovereignty and
self-determination? What role does the international community play in
recognizing secession entities? What are the legal and political
implications of recognizing secessionist movements? Can the
international community defuse secessionist claims by ensuring the fair
treatment of minorities and by encouraging participation in
transnational organizations? What is the economic feasibility of
secessionist entities? Are there common patterns involving secessionist
movements in different geopolitical areas? What does the future hold for
secessionist movements? STAIR welcomes abstracts and idea proposals up
to 500 words in length. Upon completion, main articles should not exceed
6000 words. In conjunction with this general call for papers, STAIR also
seeks to publish book reviews of works that adhere to the advertised
theme of the issue. 
Please submit proposals to stairsecession@gmail.com. Notes for
contributors are available at www.stair-journal.org. Abstracts due
September 1, 2009. Papers due November 1, 2009.

Current Issues in Language Planning has issued a call for papers for a
forthcoming issue on "Language Planning and Migration". For further
information please consult the journal website in PDF format:  


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 Forum
for Philosophy and Public Policy, Department of Philosophy, Queen's
University, Watson Hall 313, Kingston Ontario K7L 3N6, Canada. Fax:

Special thanks to Octavian Busuioc for research help, and to Lise
Charlebois for help with the distribution of the

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