MINELRES: Fwd: CfP: Living Together conference - CRONEM / Runnymede Trust, University, 29-30 June 2010

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Original sender: Melek Muderrisgil <Melek.Muderrisgil@surrey.ac.uk>


Centre for Research on Nationalism, Ethnicity and Multiculturalism
(CRONEM)

University of Surrey / Roehampton University

CRONEM 6th ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2010

Joint international conference with the Runnymede Trust 
(http://www.runnymedetrust.org)

Living Together

Civic, Political and Cultural Engagement Among Migrants, Minorities and
National Populations: Multidisciplinary Perspectives
29 - 30 June 2010

University of Surrey, Guildford, UK

CALL FOR PAPERS

(Deadline 15 February 2010)

This conference will range across different academic disciplines and 
explore links between academic knowledge, policy, practice and the 
media. The format will consist of keynote addresses, parallel paper 
sessions, convened symposia, a poster session and a panel debate 
organised by the Runnymede Trust.

Speakers already confirmed:

- Benjamin R. Barber, President (CivWorld at Demos) and Walt Whitman
Professor Emeritus, Rutgers University, USA

- Constance Flanagan, Professor of Youth Civic Development, Penn State
University, USA

- Yvonne Galligan, Director, Centre for the Advancement of Women in
Politics, Queen's University Belfast

- J. S. Nielsen, Director, Centre for European Islamic Thought,
University of Copenhagen, Denmark

- Lord Bhikhu Parekh, Professor of Political Philosophy,  University of
Westminster, UK

- Antje Wiener, Professor of Politics, University of Hamburg, Germany

Despite the recent ?Obama effect?, conventional forms of political 
participation have declined in many countries in recent years, with 
growing levels of political apathy, disengagement from formal democratic 
processes and increasing distrust of, or lack of confidence in, 
political institutions. However, research suggests that issues, which 
might have mobilised individuals into taking political action in the 
past, are now being tackled in many cases via voluntary, community or 
charitable activities, protest movements or consumer activism instead. 
Hence, current trends in political participation, especially among 
younger people, may be indicative not of public disengagement per se but 
of a shift to a different kind of public activism.

Gendered perspectives on cultural, civic and political engagement, which 
explore the conditions governing women?s participation, as well as 
perspectives which examine engagement and participation among migrant or 
minority groups, can be especially illuminating here. Women, migrants 
and minorities play vital roles in any society, contributing through 
their skills, labour, taxes, community participation and cultural 
activities. Yet, when restrictive criteria, practices or policies 
prevent members of these groups from participating fully in the 
political, civic and cultural life of the country in which they live, 
members of these groups often develop novel forms of engagement in order 
to circumvent the obstacles.

Policy can have a crucial impact on levels of participation, either by 
creating impediments and barriers to participation by specific groups, 
or by minimising these impediments. However, policy issues can be 
complex to tackle, with the policies which exist at different levels 
(e.g., at community, regional, national and supranational levels) often 
being incongruent with each other, and with discrepancies frequently 
existing between intended policy, the content of policy texts, policy 
implementation, and the interpretation of policy by citizens.

This conference aims to take stock of the different forms of civic, 
political and cultural engagement which currently exist, and investigate 
the factors and processes which are driving them. A special feature of 
the conference this year will be an event organised by the Runnymede 
Trust, which will consider where Britain stands 10 years after the 
Parekh Report (http://www.runnymedetrust.org/projects/meb/report.html) 
on the future of multi-ethnic Britain and 25 years after the Swann
Report.

We would like to encourage the submission of papers which address the 
following themes:

- Active engagement, interaction, expression and dissension at civic,
political or cultural levels

- The participation of young people, women, migrants and minorities

- Different forms of engagement among adult national majority
populations

- The role of public policy in civic, political or cultural
participation

As this is an international conference, papers reporting on contexts
other than the UK are especially welcome.

For more information about the Call for Papers, abstract submission 
forms and registration, please visit 
http://www.surrey.ac.uk/Arts/CRONEM/index.htm

For any conference queries, please contact Ms Melek Muderrisgil 
(Melek.Muderrisgil@surrey.ac.uk)


Ms Melek Muderrisgil
Conference Administrator
Centre for Research on Nationalism, Ethnicity and Multiculturalism
(CRONEM)
Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences
21 AC 05
Post Box I4
University of Surrey
Guildford, Surrey GU2 7XH
Tel: +44 (0) 1483 68 2365 or 1483 68 6232

Email: melek.muderrisgil@surrey.ac.uk

www.surrey.ac.uk/arts/cronem

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