Citizenship, Democracy and Ethnocultural Diversity Newsletter, No. 58, January 2011
Queen's Forum for Philosophy and Public Policy


1. Introduction

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-eighth issue. We hope that it will be of interest to anyone working in the field, whether in academia, public service, or non-governmental organizations.

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2. Workshop on Minority Rights in the Arab World

The Forum is pleased to be co-organizing a workshop on Minority Rights and Multiculturalism in the Arab World, to be held in Rome on March 25-26, 2011, co-hosted by LUISS University ( and the Istituto di Studi Politici S. Pio V ( This event is being co-organized by Will Kymlicka (Queen's University), Sebastiano Maffetone (LUISS), Eva Pfoestl (Istituto di Studi Politici S. Pio V&), and Francesca Corrao (Naples University; Orientale). The goal is to explore how issues of ethnic diversity are conceptualized and debated in Arab-majority countries, and how this relates to emerging global discourses of multiculturalism and minority rights. Participants include Joshua Castellino, Jacob Mundy, Zaid Eyadat, Janet Klein, Hassan Jabareen, Joseph Yacoub, Fahima Charafeddine, Hassan Hanafi and Adonis. For more information, please contact either Will Kymlicka ( or Eva Pfoestl (

3. Upcoming Conferences

The Forum of Federations and the Mowat Centre (University of Toronto) are sponsoring a conference in Toronto on 28 January 2011 on the theme "Immigrant Integration and Canadian Federalism: Exploring the Issues". Presenters will address the following topics: the impact of federalism on immigrant integration in Canada; comparisons with other federal countries; Canadian intergovernmental agreements and settlement services. The event will conclude with a panel discussion on the future of the Canadian-Ontario Immigration Agreement, which is due for renewal in the coming months. There is no fee to attend the conference, but registration is required. For further information about the conference, including the program, see:

The 13th National Metropolis Conference will take place at the Sheraton Wall Centre, Vancouver, BC, between March 23-March 26, 2011, on the theme "Immigration: Bringing the World to Canada". A recent report by Statistics Canada projects that, by 2031, at least one in four Canadians will have been born in another country. With this remarkable feature of our society as a backdrop, the conference will discuss the scale and nature of Canada's immigration system and the policies and practices that have emerged to foster the socio-economic inclusion of new Canadians. For further details, see the conference website at

"Writing Democracy: A Rhetoric of (T)Here" is the theme for the 2011 Federation Rhetoric Symposium, which will take place between March 9-11 2011 at the Texas A&M University campus at Commerce, Texas. Keynote Speakers include Nancy Welch, David Gold, John Duffy, David Jolliffe, and Michelle Hall Kells, Elenore Long, and Jerrold Hirsch. For more information see the website at

The UCLA School of Law's Critical Race Studies Program is now accepting proposals for its 5th Annual Academic Symposium to be held on March 31st - April 2, 2011, on the theme Race and Sovereignty.Sovereignty, like race, has been invoked, understood, and deployed in contradictory ways. Historically, sovereignty has been an important vehicle through which hegemonic power has been enforced, for example, by articulating citizenship as a racial project rooted in the power to exclude. Sovereignty has also been an important tool of anti-colonial resistance crucial to liberatory struggles of people of color in the U.S. and worldwide. Race shares this complex dimension, serving as both a technology of oppression and a vehicle for resistance to that oppression. Despite these parallels, race and sovereignty have, for the most part, been engaged as separate and mutually exclusive projects: sovereignty has primarily been linked to the struggles of Native Americans and other indigenous peoples, while the struggles of other people of color have largely been cast through a standard anti-racist narrative of citizenship and inclusion. Proposals are due January 7, 2011. To view the current program, confirmed speakers, submissions requirements and deadlines, and registration information, please visit:

The Norwegian Psychoanalytical Society is hosting a conference on 'Nationalism and the Body Politic", from 25-27 March 2011 in Oslo, Norway. The conference will focus on the role of rhetoric in right-wing politics. It is an interdisciplinary conference which invites theoretical contributions and historical, literary or clinical case studies on these and related themes from philosophers, sociologists, psychoanalysts, psychotherapists, literary theorists, historians and others. Perspectives from different psychoanalytic schools will be most welcome. For more information, visit

The National Association for Ethnic Studies' 39th Annual National Conference will take place between April 7-9 2011 at Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, California. The title of conference is "The New Racism: Illusions of Equality and the Assault on Ethnic Studies", and will focus on themes such as racialized legislative attacks on immigrants and communities of color; the legacy of the Civil War, Plessy v. Ferguson, and Brown v. Board of Education; racism's intersections with gender and sexuality; Obama nation; model minorities; assimilation; sovereignty rights; profiling; curricula in schools; managing and marketing diversity; affirmative action; mixed-race identity; resistance to post-racialism; patriotism, nationalism and xenophobia; statelessness; colorblind casting; whiteness studies; hate groups; the new genetics; race and sports; color blind medicine and public health; social welfare policy; dual citizenship; ethnomusicology; representations of colorblind racism in literature and visual art; performing race. For more information, visit the conference website at:

A conference on "Multiculturalism and Gender in France, Britain, Canada and the U.S." will take place at the Universite du Havre, Faculte des Affaires Internationales, France on 26-27 May 2011. It will focus on debates in France, Great Britain, Canada and the USA on the tensions between universalism and particularism which are centered on issues related to immigration, as well as ethno-racial, religious and gender diversity. The main disciplinary fields will be sociology, political science, philosophy, anthropology, economy and law. A selection of papers will be submitted to a Peer Review Committee for publication. Please send an English or French 400-word abstract and a resume before 2 January 2011. The selection results will be sent on 30 January 2011. Abstracts and papers should be sent to : and For more information, visit

A conference on "Social Mobility and Migration. Multidisciplinary Perspectives" will take place at the European Academy in Bolzano/Bozen (Italy) on 21 June 2011. It will focus on social mobility as a crucial topic in the debate and research around migration. The goal of this international, cross-disciplinary conference is to create a forum where dialogue will develop between scholars and practitioners. Keynote speakers are, among others, Dora Kostakopoulou and Marco Martiniello. For more details, visit:

4. Reccent Publications

Books (prices in US$)

Journal Special Issues

The most recent issue of Hedgehog Review (Vol. 12, #3, Fall 2010) is a special issue that explores the question "Does Religious Pluralism Require Secularism?" It includes articles from Rajeev Bhargava, Charles Taylor, Craig Calhoun, and Slavica Jakelic.

A recent issue of Utrecht Law Review (Volume 6/3, November 2010) is a special issue on Euroscepticism and Multiculturalism, with articles by Frank van Schendel, Irene Aronstein, Veit Bader, Leonard F.M. Besselink, Ruth Sefton-Green, Jan M. Smits, Esin, and Irene Aronstein.

The most recent issue of the International Social Science Journal (Vol. 61, No. 199, 2010) is a special issue on Cultural Diversity, and includes some of the background research done for the recent UNESCO World Report on Cultural Diversity. The issue includes articles by Sophia Labadi, Yvonne Donders, Joseph Lo Bianco, Annie Brisset, Steven Vertovec, Will Kymlicka, Elfriede Fursich, Ben Visner, Michele Lamont, Mario Luis Small, Jacinthe Rivard, Guy Bourgeault, and Celine Mercier.

The most recent issue of Political Perspectives (Volume 4 Issue 2, 2010) focuses on the theme "Rethinking migration and belonging in the 21st century", with articles by Rebecca Ehata and Fabiola Mieres, Helen Williams, Christin Hess, Benjamin Bruce, Cara Margaret Uccellini, Raphi Rechitsky, and Janel Smith.

The first issue of the journal Diversities, published jointly between UNESCO and the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, has now appeared. Diversities is a continuation of the International Journal on Multicultural Societies (IJMS), which was published by UNESCO since 1999. The new issue (Vol. 12, No. 1, 2010) is on the theme "Depicting Diversities", guest edited by Steven Vertovec, with articles by Angeline Escafre-Dublet, Kerstin Duemmler, Janine Dahinden, Joelle Moret, Ekaterina Braginskaia, Weishan Huang, and Dorottya Nagy.

5. Fellowships and Courses

The Centre for Refugee Studies at York University in Toronto, Canada is offering the Summer Course on Refugee and Forced Migration Issues for its 15th consecutive year from May 8-15 2011. This 8-day comprehensive program is open to both academics and practitioners seeking to expand their knowledge of contemporary critical elements of forced migration/refugee issues. Participants range from government officials and NGO personnel to university faculty and graduate students. Undergraduate students can apply if they will be finishing their degree by the time the course begins. For more information, visit

The National Institute for the Study of Dutch Slavery and its Legacy and the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam are pleased to announce the fourth annual Summer School on Black Europe entitled "Black Europe: Exploring Dimensions of Citizenship, Race and Ethnic Relations", to be held on June 12-30 2011 in Amsterdam. The Summer School on Black Europe emerged out of dialogue and concern of various scholars working in the field of race and ethnic relations in Europe, and is now in its fourth year. This course will examine the multiple constructions of the term Black Europe and the social, economic and political implications within. If you are interested in hearing more about the course, please send a request for additional information via email to Or visit the website,

The Central European University's Summer University will offer a course on "The Politics of Ethnicity, Nationality and Citizenship" from June 27 to July 8, 2011. The application deadline is 15 February, 2011. Recent years have seen an explosion of empirical and normative scholarly interest in citizenship across many disciplines. This course seeks to provide an overview of some of the main topical issues and scholarly perspectives in citizenship studies, with a special emphasis on the legal and political aspects of citizenship policies in the European Union member states. Given the special circumstances of new state formation and state succession in large parts of Eastern Europe after 1989, special attention will be given to problems of membership, ethnic selectivity, transnational and dual citizenship with their implications on the de- or re-ethnicization of citizenship. In addition, the course will also focus on the debates related to the inclusion and exclusion of immigrants. Several course faculty are members of the European Commission funded EUDO Citizenship project, a research network which focuses on citizenship policies in the EU member states and Eastern and Southern borderlines (fSU, Turkey, fRY) of the Union. For more information, visit

The international Summer School on "Decolonizing Knowledge and Power: Postcolonial Studies, Decolonial Horizons" is in its third year and aims at enlarging the scope of the conversation (analysis and investigation) of coloniality as the hidden agenda of modernity in the sphere of knowledge, power and higher education. The professors invited for the 2011 School cover different thematic fields of study, historical periods and regions of the world: Africa, Europe, the Americas, the Atlantic, the Caribbean and the US. This year's invited faculty include: Boaventura de Souza Santos, Emma Perez, Salman Sayyid, Nelson Maldonado-Torres, Stephen Small, Michael Omi, Ramn Grosfoguel, Kwame Nimako, Tiffany Ruby Patterson and James Cohen. The course is offered in English. Deadline for Applications is February 1st, 2011. For more information, visit

6. Related Research Projects

The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) announces the launch of People's Rights, a dedicated and comprehensive website, highlighting and archiving Human Rights issues with a major emphasis on Minority Rights. People's Rights updates and archives News, Reports and Multimedia Resources in English, Sinhala and Tamil. Readers are invited to comment on content and to send in original articles for uploading to the site. Significantly the site serves as a resource hub for information about minority groups and their rights in the context of Sri Lanka. Visit the new website at

ACCEPT is a new research project at the Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship, funded by the European Commission’s Seventh Framework Programme. It starts from the realization that in recent years there have been increasing tensions between national majorities and ethnic or religious minorities across Europe. It asks how cultural difference is debated and tolerated, respected or rejected in 15 European countries. In studying the conditions of tolerance and respect, it also explores how much cultural difference can be accommodated within liberal and secular democracies. The British contribution to this project is run by Professor Tariq Modood (Principal Investigator), Jan Dobbernack and Dr. Nasar Meer.The Hungarian part is run by Jon Fox (Principal Investigator), Aniko Horvath and Zsuzsa Vidra. More information.:

7. Internet Resourcers contains a useful listing of upcoming events on identity, ethnicity, nationalism and related issues. Visit the website at


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

Will Kymlicka, 2016