Citizenship, Democracy and Ethnocultural Diversity Newsletter, No. 62, July 2012
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 newsletter updating recent developments in the field, of which this is the sixty-first 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. Upcoming Conferences

A conference was recently held on "The Internationalisation of Dalit and Adivasi Activism", on June 25-26 June 2012 at the University of London, jointly organised by the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London and the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at SOAS.This inter-disciplinary conference aims to advance social scientific understandings of key dimensions of the internationalisation of Dalit and Adivasi activism that has gained momentum in the past two decades. These dimensions include the dilemmas of activism in a changing global context, conflicting or competing activist frames, divergent interventions by international actors, and the influence of emerging international norms on state policy. This conference seeks to discuss aspects of the internationalisation of both types of activism, with three major foci: the relationship between international and national/local activism; the role of international organisations; and connections between Dalit, Adivasi, and other networks in international fora. Further information and conference programme details can be found here:

The 16th Nordic Migration Research Conference will be held on 13-15 August on the theme "Immigrants and Civil Society", at the University of Turku, Finland, hosted by the Society for the Study of Ethnic Relations and International Migration (ETMU). Keynote speakers include Jeffrey Alexander, Phillip Connor, Carl-Ulrik Schierup and Leo Lucassen. For more information, visit:

IMISCOE’s 9th Annual Conference will be on the theme of "Mobility as the new paradigmatic perspective in the social sciences" on 28-29 August, at the Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies in Amsterdam. Speakers include Rainer Baubock, Gerd Baumann, Kanchan Chandra, Thomas Faist and Christiana Boswell. For more information, visit

A conference on "Multidisciplinary approaches in Language Policy and Planning" will take place September 6-8, 2012, at the University of Calgary. Keynote speakers include Francois Grin, Peter Ives, and Elena Shohamy. For more information, visit:

The Integration of Immigrants Programme at Massey University in Auckland is hosting the "Pathways to Metropolis in the 21st Century" on 24-26 October. The event provides an opportunity for those attending to discuss critical issues related to immigration, identify research and policy gaps, compare international experiences and extend networking capacities. The conference will be of interest to policy makers, representatives from community/service providers, including non-governmental organisations (NGOs), as well as academic researchers. Additional information about the submission of papers and workshops (including roundtables), can be found on the Integration of Immigrants Programme website (

The 9th Annual Immigration Law and Policy Conference will be held on October 1, 2012 at the Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, DC, co-organized by Georgetown Law and the Migration Policy Institute. For more information, visit

The Central European Association for Canadian Studies (CEACS), in conjunction with Comenius University, is organizing its 6th Triennial International Conference on "Democracy, Diversity, Dignity: The Canadian Space", to be held in Bratislava, Slovakia, on October 12-14, 2012. For more information see

The joint annual conference of the Association for Canadian Studies and the Canadian Ethnic Studies Association will be on the theme of "Ethnic Identity Formation and Change in Canada and Abroad", to be held in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario on November 23-24, 2012. The organizers welcome proposals for papers, sessions, panels, roundtables, poster and video presentations that address the topics of ethnic identity, immigration, diversity, and multiculturalism in Canada and internationally. For more information, visit or Deadline for submission of proposals for papers, sessions, roundtables, and poster presentations is August 1, 2012.

A conference on "Germany’s immigration and integration experience - Lessons for Canada" will take place at the University of Ottawa on November 29-30, 2012. This workshop aims to bring together scholars of Canadian and German immigration and integration, to ask what Canada can learn from Germany’s immigration and integration history along the following four dimensions: National identity and immigrant integration; Temporary labour migration programs; Refugees and asylum policy; and Regional integration of migration policy. Please send abstracts (300 words) to Patti T Lenard ( and Christine Straehle (

The Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies (NIOD) is organizing a conference on "Citizenship after periods of occupation and collaboration" in Amsterdam on 8-9 November 2012. This conference is a culmination of a research project on Nazi-era collaboration in the Netherlands. The research team looks forward to discussing its new approaches and results with colleagues from various fields and disciplines in a two day international seminar. We do not solely focus on the history of Nazi-collaboration, but aim to place our methods and results in a broader perspective. For more information, see and Inquiries may be directed to project coordinator Ismee Tames

A conference on "Minorities, Nations and Cultural Diversity: The Challenge of Non-Territorial Autonomy" will be held on 9-10 November 2012 at Queens University, Belfast, Northern Ireland , co-organized by the European Centre for Minority Issues (Flensburg, Germany), Queens University Belfast, and the University of Glasgow. The aim of the conference is to examine in theory, empirically and through the work of legal practitioners, the challenges, and possible solutions offered by different models of NTA for the effective participation of minorities in public life. Non-Territorial autonomy takes a variety of forms, such as Consociationalism and National Cultural Autonomy, but also forms of de-territorialised self-determination, as in the case of indigenous communities, the juridical autonomy of religious communities, or the practice of some models of multiculturalism. We invite theoretical and comparative papers and case studies on NTA models that build upon theoretical consideration and/or consider empirical case studies addressing the following issues: Can NTA serve the goals of European integration? Can such models be incorporated into the EU minority protection framework? Does NTA help resolve protracted territorial conflicts (such as Bosnia, Kurdistan or Palestine)? What are the limits and/or possibilities of implementing NTA models in liberal democracies? Can NTA models rejuvenate multiculturalism? Can models of NTA enhance the integration of Diasporas? What are the opportunities for Indigenous self-determination within the NTA framework? Can models of NTA help the effective participation of minorities in post-colonial states? And, can NTA models help eliminate the cultural residues of colonialism? The deadline for submitting paper proposals is 21 September. For more information, visit

The Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation (CCG) is holding an international conference in Melbourne, Australia called Reclaiming Multiculturalism: Global Citizenship and Ethical Engagement with Diversity, 15-16 November 2012. The key themes of the conference are: Differences between Transculturalism, Interculturalism and Multiculturalism; Effects of Anti-multicultural and Anti-cosmopolitan Political and Media Rhetoric; Benefits and Challenges of Intercultural and Interreligious Dialogue and Action; Rights, Religion and Governance; Cosmopolitanism and Ethical Citizenship; Racism, Disempowerment and Recognition; Addressing Gender Inequalities in Multicultural and Multifaith Societies; Multiculturalism, Community Engagement and Countering Violent Extremism; Reconfiguring Self and Other in the Context of Plural Societies.

The Oecumene Project is hosting its Second Symposium on "Deorientalizing citizenship? Experiments in political subjectivity" on 12-13 November 2012 at Goodenough College, London. The Symposium is organised by the European Research Council funded project Oecumene: Citizenship after orientalism based at The Open University. Keynote lectures by Walter Mignolo and Saba Mahmood. The possibility of conceiving practices of citizenship after orientalism points to experiments that uncover, rearticulate and provoke subjugated forms of politics. Through addressing the intersections between orientalism, colonialism and citizenship (panel 1), exploring possibilities of democratic politics for decolonizing citizenship (panel 2) and troubling universal claims to rights (panel 3), we ask what images of citizenship are emerging in relation to the process of deorientalization? It is this experimentation itself, rather than its outcomes, that constitutes 'citizenship after orientalism' as a field of investigation. For more information, visit

The Norwegian Centre for Human Rights is holding its 2012 International Conference in Oslo on "Group Autonomy and Its Critics" on December 7-8 2012. The main objectives of the conference are to encourage interdisciplinary and international reflection and exchange on core human rights dilemmas pertaining to group autonomy. It also aims to raise public awareness on human rights issues which are key concerns of researchers and programs at the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights. For more information, visit:

The theme of the next American Society for Political and Legal Philosophy Conference will be on "Immigration, Emigration, and Migration", to be held in New Orleans in conjunction with the meeting of the Association Of American Law Schools on January 4th 2013. It will be organized by NOMOS editors, Andrew Rehfeld and Jack Knight. Principal papers will be given by: Judith Resnik (Law, Yale); Sarah Song (Political Science, Berkeley); and Tom Christiano (Philosophy, Arizona). Commentators are: James Bohman (Philosophy, Saint Louis University); Jennifer Hochschild (Political Science, Harvard); Adam Cox (Law, NYU); Michael Blake (Philosophy, University of Washington); Arash Abizadeh (Political Science, McGill); and Cristina Rodriguez (Law, NYU). More detailed information will be posted to the ASPLP website as soon as it is available.

"The Shape of Diversity to Come. Global Community, Global Archipelago, or a New Civility?" will take place in January 2013 at Erasmus University Rotterdam. For most political and legal theorists who reflect on diversity and multiculturalism the nation-state is the natural environment in which questions of difference have to be resolved. To be a liberal theorist or a multi-culturalist, in most cases, is to be a liberal or multicultural nationalist. Yet, the nation state, as a formation encompassing a culturally unified people, is now straining under the challenges of globalization and the revolution in communication technology. This conference will consider the dynamic changes that are currently taking place with respect to cultural and religious diversity as a result of the explosion in communication, address the conflicts they give rise to, and discuss the ramifications for law and politics. For more information, contact or visit

The annual conference of the Center for the Study of Citizenship at Wayne State University will be on the theme of "The Meaning of Citizenship", and will take place on March 21-23, 2013. The perspective of the conference is global, interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary and proposals on any aspect of citizenship studies are welcome from scholars working in any discipline or interdisciplinary field. Abstracts of no more than 500 words are welcomed for consideration. Proposals should be submitted to the Center's Research Associate, Helen Callow ( along with a short biography (50 words) no later than October 15, 2012. Both panel proposals and individual submissions are welcome. Those interested in submitting panel proposals can use H-Citizenship ( to locate scholars with compatible interests. Some scholarships will be available for international scholars to help defray their travel costs. Remote presentation of papers and remote participation will also be available. Questions should be directed to Marc W. Kruman, or Helen Callow,

The Edinburgh Centre for Constitutional Law at the University of Edinburgh will be hosting an International Symposium on ‘Nationalism and Globalisation: new settings, new challenges’ on 23-24 May 2013. The Edinburgh Symposium will focus upon the new challenges and opportunities that confront states, sub-state peoples and national minorities in a globalising constitutional environment within which constitutional orders beyond the state become more sophisticated and extend their normative reach. It is hoped that the Symposium will cast new light upon these changing dynamics which will in turn inform political and legal responses to this pressing paradox of our time: resilient vernacular nationalism in an increasingly cosmopolitan age. In short, the key research question posed by the Symposium is: how might we develop conceptual tools with which to adapt the existing normative and empirical literature on the resilience of state nationalism and the accommodation of sub-state nationalism to new settings in a globalising age? For information, contact Stephen Tierney, Professor of Constitutional Theory, University of Edinburgh (

3. Reccent Publications


Journal Special Issues

Latin American and Caribbean Ethnic Studies had a recent special issue (Volume 7, Issue 2, 2012) on "Multiculturalism and Beyond: The New Dynamics of Identity Politics in the Americas", guest-edited by Olaf Kaltmeier, Josef Raab & Sebastian Thies, with articles on Bolivia, Guatemala, Brazil, Costa Rica, and Mexico.

The Cambridge Journal of Education has a special issue (Vol. 42, Number 1, March 2012) on "Human Rights and Citizenship Education", with articles by Dina Kiwan, Daniele Archibugi, Hugh Starkey, Ruyu Hung, Bill Bowring, Tristan McCowan, Sachiko Takeda, Rania Al-Nakib, Monisha Bajaj, Maha Shuayb, and Karen Zivi.

The May 2012 issue of World Politics Review had a special focus section on "Peoples Without Borders: Kurdish, Basque and Tuareg Nationalism".

The latest issue of Theory and Research in Education (Vol. 10/2, 2012) contains a symposium on "Race, Opportunity and Education", with articles by Elizabeth Anderson, Christopher Lewis, Debra Satz, and Sigal Ben-Porath.

The Journal of Social Politics has a special issue (Vol. 19 No. 1, 2012) on care, migration and citizenship in Europe, with articles by Helma Lutz, Ewa Palenga-Mllenbeck, Neda Deneva, Umut Erel, Majda Hrenjak, Isabel Shutes, and Kieran Walsh.

A recent issue of the Journal of Intercultural Studies (Vol. 33, No. 2, 2012) has a symposium on "How Does Interculturalism Contrast with Multiculturalism?", with a lead article by Nasar Meer and Tariq Modood, and responses by Pnina Werbner, Geoffrey Brahm Levey, Will Kymlicka, and Michel Wieviorka.

The American Behavioral Scientist has a special issue (Vol. 56 No. 4) on "New perspectives on the Ethics of International Migration", guest edited by Ricard Zapata-Barrero and Antoine Pecoud, with articles by Ricard Zapata-Barrero, Antoine Pecoud, Veit Bader, Aristide R. Zolberg, Marit Hovdal-Moan, Bridget Anderson, Antonina Levatino, and Martin Ruhs.

The new Journal of Law, Religion and State has released its first issue (Vol. 1, No. 1, 2012), which is a special issue on Moral Education, Democratic Citizenship, and Religious Authority, with articles by Michael Walzer, Mark D. Rosen, Jeff Spinner-Halev, and Jonathan Fox.

There is a special issue of "World Heritage Review" (No. 62, 2012) on World Heritage and Indigenous Peoples.

The journal Ethnicities has a special issue on "Misrecogniton and Ethno-religious Diversity" (Vol. 12/2, 2012), guest-edited by Nasar Meer, Wendy Martineau and Simon Thompson, with articles by Michel Seymour, Sune Laegaard, Meital Pinto and the guest-editors.

There is a special Issue on "Diversity and the Liberal State" in Les Ateliers de l’ethique/The Ethics Forum (Vol. 6/2, 2012), guest-edited by Nils Holtug and Xavier Landes, with articles by Holtug, Landes, Sune Laegaard, Morten Ebbe Juul Nielsen, Daniel Weinstock and Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen.

The Journal of International Migration and Integration has released a special issue (Volume 13 Number 2, 2012) on Implications of Citizenship Acquisition, guest-edited by Pieter Bevelander & Ravi Pendakur, examining the impact of naturalization on immigrant outcomes in a range of settings including France, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK and Canada.

The Du Bois Review: Social Science Research on Race has a symposium (Vol 9/1, 2012) on "Varieties of Responses to Stigmatization: Macro, Meso, and Micro Dimensions", guest-edited by Michele Lamont, Jessica S. Welburn and Crystal M. Fleming.

A recent issue of Development (Vol 55/2, 2012) focuses on "Citizenship for Change", examining the transformative nature of radical civic action, exploring the effects of events such as the Arab Spring and the Occupy movements.

The latest issue of Citizenship Studies (vol. 16, No. 3-4, 2012) contains a special issue on "Citizenship in the new states of South Eastern Europe", guest-edited by Jo Shaw and Igor Stiks, with articles on Serbia, Montenegro, Kosovo, Bosnia, Macedonia, Croatia and Slovenia.

The most recent issue of the Journal of International Political Theory (Vol. 8, #1-2, 2012) has a symposium on "The Ethics of Migration", guest-edited by Christine Straehle and Patti Lenard, with articles by Phillip Cole, Jorge M. Valadez, Megan Bradley, Christine Straehle, Patti Tamara Lenard, and Harald Bauder.

4. Related Research Projects

"Oecumene: Citizenship after orientalism" is a European Research Council funded project based at The Open University. The purpose of the OECUMENE project is to redefine European citizenship by developing, without the assumptions of orientalism and occidentalism, comparative insights on citizenship understood as political subjectivity in Africa, Asia, Australia or the Americas. For more information about the project go to

5. Fellowships and Courses

"Languages and Authority" is the theme for the 2013/14 Fung Global Fellows Program at Princeton University. This new program will select six scholars from around the world to be in residence at Princeton for an academic year and to engage in research and discussion around a common theme. The Fellows and the accompanying seminar program will focus on how languages interact with political, social, economic, and cultural authority. Languages can be powerful tools for expressing and asserting authority. Yet they also constitute forms of authority in and of themselves (such as in the standardization and uniformity that they impose). Languages as forms of authority are also contested, and language communities have often formed a basis for resisting authority. Possible topics for this cycle of the fellows program include the ways in which languages and language use interact with globalization, empire, decolonization, nation-state formation, nationalism, language policy, language ideology, social stratification, migration, commerce and trade, social and religious movements, and the sociology of knowledge production. Applications are due on November 1, 2012. We encourage applications from both social scientists and humanists concerning any region of the world or time period. To be eligible, applicants must have received their Ph.D. no earlier than September 1, 2003. For more information on eligibility requirements and the application process itself, see the Programs website at

The EURAC-Institute for Studies on Federalism and Regionalism has just launched the EURAC Federal Scholar in Residence Programme targeted at academics, post-docs and practitioners worldwide. The winner of the programme is granted a research stay up to three weeks at the European Academy of Bolzano/Bozen (EURAC) in South Tyrol, Northern Italy. All detailed information and contacts are available at

The ECMI Summer School will take place 6-13 September and will focus on "National Minorities and Border Regions" and will be organized in co-operation with Flensburg University. The two-week course aims to set out the conceptual and normative approaches to the study of national minorities in border regions and to explore their different applications in relation to current arrangements across Europe. For more information, see

6. Internet Resourcers

The Max-Planck-Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity (MPI-MMG) has launched an innovative set of online, interactive tools that allow users to examine country by country, to graphically visualize and to compare the latest and most comprehensive global migration data existing from 1960 to 2000 (with 2010 updates forthcoming). The data visualizers are for: global migration flow data from the United Nations Population Division; global migrant stock data compiled together with the World Bank; and, also based on the latter dataset, migrants by destination that is, the number of people from any particular country found, at any particular time, in all other countries across the world. Where the national data allows, moreover, within each visualizer online users can choose to examine migration data by citizenship or place of birth as well as by gender. To see and use these new graphic tools, please go to the MPI-MMG homepage ( and click on the heading data visualization. Each global migration data visualizer has a set of instructions and an online instruction video. A feedback tab is also supplied for comments, questions and user examples.

The Immanent Frame blog had a recent discussion of "Multiculturalism in Europe". After the rise of multicultural policies in the 1980s and 1990s, the winds have shifted in Europe. We ask a panel of respondents to address questions of increasing social tensions in Europe and the popularity of conservative positions on immigration and religious freedom, with special attention paid to those cases involving Islam. Our respondents are Sindre Bangstad, Keith Banting and Will Kymlicka, Rajeev Bhargava, Jocelyne Cesari, Grace Davie, Ruby Gropas, and Elizabeth H. Prodromou. Visit:

Resetdoc has recently posted a roundtable on "The Background of Xenophobia" focusing on the cultural and political roots of nationalist and anti-immigrant rhetoric as they affect public life from Europe to the USA. Speakers include Giancarlo Bosetti, Ian Buruma, Seyla Benhabib, Benjamin Barber and Jytte Klausen. See


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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