Citizenship, Democracy and Ethnocultural Diversity Newsletter, No. 69, June 2014
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-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. Upcoming Conferences

A conference on the theme “Parliaments and Minorities: Ethnicities, Nations and Religions in Europe, 1848-1948” was held on May 14 at the British Academy in London. Participants included Lord Bew (Queen’s University, Belfast), Eugenio Biagini (Cambridge University), Marnix Beyen (University of Antwerp), John Breuilly (London School of Economics), Dejan Djokic (Goldsmith’s, University of London), Matthew Frank (University of Leeds), Jean Garrigues (University of Orleans), András Gero (Central European University), Maud Mandel (Brown University), Stefanie Schüler-Springorum (Berlin Technical University), Scott Ury (Tel Aviv University), Daniel Ziblatt (Harvard University). The conference programme can be viewed at:

An Exploratory Workshop on “Interrogating Interculturalism as a New Paradigm: Assessing Foundations and Policies” is being co-organized by GRITIM-UPF (the Interdisciplinary Research Group on Immigration at Universitat Pompeu Fabra) and the University of Bristol's Research Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship, to be held in Barcelona on May 28-30, 2014. Organized by Ricard Zapata-Barrero and Tariq Modood, the Workshop will explore the recent uncertainty around the so-called “crisis of state multiculturalism” and assess the foundations and policy implications of the emerging concept of Interculturalism as a variation of, or possibly an alternative to, state multiculturalism. Extensive details about the project and workshop are found on the following website:

The Department of Sociology and Social Research at the University of Trento is organizing a conference on “Changing Population: Migration, Reproduction and Identity” in Trento, Italy on June 3-4, 2014. Keynotes speakers are Pnina Werbner and David Kertzer. The conference will focus in particular on the biopolitics of reproduction put in motion by both national governments, as they distinguish between citizens and non-citizens, and migrants and their descendents, as they affirm, negotiate or refrain from constructing their own definitions of family, kinship, genealogy and belonging. For more information, visit the conference website at: The deadline for online registration is May 28.

A workshop on Political Community: Authority in the Name of Political Community is being organized by Trevor Stack at the Centre for Citizenship, Civil Society and Rule of Law (CISRUL), University of Aberdeen, on June 24-25, 2014. Presentations will concentrate on the idea of political community in relation to Scotland, Netherlands, Hungary and SE Europe, USA, Bolivia, Jamaica and India, as well as in philosophy, post-colonial studies, and constitutional and international law. Speakers will include: Margaret Somers, Stephen Tierney, Ajay Gudavarthy, Gurpreet Mahajan, Dejan Stjepanovic, Jan Kotowski, Andreea Udrea, Katinka Weber, Rivke Jaffe, Martijn Koster, Marc Kruman, Balazs Majtenyi, David Thunder and Camille Walsh. The Workshop’s website is: For other information and for registration, contact, Claire Wojciechowski at:

The International Centre for Education and Democratic Citizenship (ICEDC) will hold its 8th Annual Conference on June 27, 2014, in London (UK). The theme is “Education for Democratic Citizenship in Schools and Society.” Details about the programme and registration are available at the ICEDC website:

The 11th Annual Conference of IMISCOE (the International Migration, Integration and Social Cohesion Network) will be on the theme “Immigration, Social Cohesion and Social Innovation”, to be held on August 27-29, 2014 in Madrid (Spain). IMISCOE is a major European network of scholars working on migration and integration and its annual conference is a significant event in the training of young researchers throughout Europe and in the dialogue between researchers and society at large. For full conference details, visit the following website:

The annual MANCEPT conference, organized by the Manchester Center for Political Theory, will include a 3-day workshop on the theme “Multiculturalism and Obligations: Individual, Group, Society, and State”, convened by Domenico Melidoro (Center for Ethics and Global Politics, LUISS University, Rome). The literature on multiculturalism has explored the obligation of states towards minorities, but little has been written about the obligations of individuals towards their group, to society generally or to the state. This workshop aims to connect traditional multicultural issues with theories of obligation. The workshop invites submission on the following (and related) topics: obligations and multiculturalism; the obligations of individuals to their groups, society, and state; the nature and limits of these obligations; multiculturalism and anarchism. Professor John Horton (Keele University) will be the keynote speaker of the workshop. If you are interested in participating in this workshop, please submit an abstract (up to 1000 words) to by June 1st 2014. For more information, visit:

An international conference is being hosted at the University of Bern (Switzerland) on October 9-11, 2014 on “Self-Determination in Europe: Contemporary Challenges of Minorities in Multinational States”, organized by Dr. Béla Filep, Department of Geography, University of Bern ( For additional information, registration details, or program and travel info, visit the conference website:

The European Academy Bolzano/Bozen and the Institute for Minority Rights will hold an event on “Pro-independence Movements & Migration: Discourse, Policy and Practice” on October 24, 2014 in Bolzano, Italy. International migration has become an important reality for autonomous territories in the Western world, such as Catalonia, South Tyrol, Scotland, Basque Country, and Quebec. What role does migration play in the politics of pro-independence movements? How do pro-independence movements co-opt, integrate or exclude individuals or groups with migration background in their negotiations with the central state? How do people with migration background undermine or support the aims of pro-independence movements? The conference organizers are Roberta Medda-Windischer (Institute for Minority Rights/European Academy Bolzano/Bozen), Patricia Popelier (University of Antwerp), David Forniès and Ricard Vilaregut (Centre Internacional Escarré per a les Minories Ètniques i les Nacions (CIEMEN), Barcelona). For information, contact or visit the following website:

The 2014 International Metropolis Conference will take place in Milan, Italy, on November 3-7, 2014. For details about paper/workshop submission, the conference program, and travel to Milan on Metropolis’s conference website:

The Center for the Study of Citizenship at Wayne State University in Detroit is organizing its 2015 conference on the theme of governance and citizenship. The event will take place on March 12-14, 2015, and will explore the formal structures of governance that establish rights and responsibilities, plus informal aspects of governance that also orchestrate and affirm community membership such as civic organizations, community groups, and NGOs. Proposals are invited that focus on: formal or informal governance; local, national, and international governance; and the nature of governance as a means of delimiting access, authority, power, and responsibility. Abstracts of 500W or less should be sent with a biography of 50 w before October 15, 2014. Details about the event can be found at: For other information contact Helen Callow at

3. Reccent Publications


Journal Special Issues

The Journal of Social Philosophy has just published a special issue on “Democratic Citizenship and the Recognition of Cultural Differences”, edited by Carol Gould, Adam Etinson, and Joshua Keton (Volume 45/1, Spring 2014), with articles by Azizah al-Hibri, Akeel Bilgrami, Rainer Forst, Adam Etinson, Joshua Keton, Carol Gilligan, Virginia Held, Will Kymlicka and Sue Donaldson.

The journal Nationalism and Ethnic Politics published a special issue on the Politics of Indigenous Identity (Vol. 20/1, January 2014). Articles by Stephanie Lawson, Braden Hill, Dominic O’Sullivan, Katherine Smits, Margaret Forster, Lailufar Yasmin and others are included

Citizenship Studies published a recent special issue on Citizenship and the ‘Right to Have Rights’ (Vol. 18/2, February 2014). The Guest Editors are Geoffrey Brahm Levey and Ayelet Schachar. An introductory article by Aylet Shachar precedes essays by Nancy Rosenblum and Andrea Tivig, Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar, Noah Pickus, Geoffrey Brahm Levey, Stephen Castles, Paul James, and Catherine Dauvergne and Sarah Marsdam.

The Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development published a special issue on “Hot and cold ethnicities in post-Soviet space” (2014, Volume 35/1), guest-edited by Anastassia Zabrodskaja and Martin Ehala. Following an introductory article by the guest editors several recent case studies are presented: Russians in post-Soviet Central Asia (by Natalya Kosmarskaya), post-Soviet Jewry (Elena Nosenko-Stein), post-Soviet Belarus (Nelly Bekus), Odessa (Abel Polese), the Baltic states (Martin Ehala and Anastassia Zabrodskaja), and territorial collective identities (Martin Ehala).

The Journal of Sociology recently published a special issue on “Globalization, Immigration, and Multiculturalism – the European and Australian experiences” (Vol. 50/1, March 2014), guest-edited by Jan Pakulski and Stefan Markowski. Essays by Jan Pakulski, Stefan Markowski, Andrew Markus, Dorota Gozdecka, Selen Ercan, Magdalena Kmak. Magdalena Lesinska, Stefan Markowski, Zuzanna Brunarska, and Joanna Nestorowicz.

Social Identities (Vol. 19/6, 2013) recently published a special issue entitled “‘Illegal’ Covering: Comparative Perspectives on Legal and Social Discourses on Religious Diversity’, guest-edited by Pascale Fournier. Contributors examined arguments from both sides of the debate (“repressive secularism” vs “identitarian multiculturalism”) on laws that prohibit veiling in all public spaces. Other contributors include Richard Thompson Ford, Lori G. Beaman, Robert Leckey, Anna C. Korteweg, Valerie Behiery and Valérie Amiraux.

The journal Annals of the Association of American Geographers published a special issue on “Migration” (Vol. 104/2, 2014), guest-edited by Richard Wright.

The journal Comparative Migration Studies has published a special issue on “Lessons from Canada and Germany: Immigration and Integration Experiences Compared” (Vol. 2/1, April 2014). Authors include Harold Lauder, Patti Tamara Lenard, Christine Straehle, Elke Winter, Holger Kolb, Oliver Schmidtke and Dagmar Soennecken.

The journal Asian Ethnicity has published a special issue on “Ethnicities, Governance, and Human Rights” (Vol. 15/2, 2014). An introductory essay written by Steve On and Chih-yu Shih is followed by articles by Patti Tamara Lenard, Barry Sautman, Kent Deng and Pawel Frankowski.

The Journal of Civil Society published a special issue on “Civic Participation and Active Citizenship in Europe” (Vol. 10/1, January 2014). An introduction by Cristiano Bee and Roberta Guerrina is followed by essays by Martyn Barrett and Ian Brunton-Smith, Paola Villano and Alberto Bertocchi, Tulin Sener and others.

Citizenship Studies published a special issue on “Citizenship and Reproduction / Reproducing Citizens” (Vol. 17/8, December 2013). An editorial introduction by Sasha Roseneil, Isabel Crowhurst, Ana Cristina Santos & Mariya Stoilova precedes contributions by Ana Amuchástegui & Edith Flores, Jenny Gunnarsson Payne, Patrick Hanafin, Umut Erel, and Chiara Bertone.

Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism published a special issue on “Ethnicity, Nationalism and Education,” including articles on US, Chile, Italy, Basque Country, Denmark, Cyprus, Israel, India, and Northern Ireland (Vol. 13/3, 2013).

The journal Citizenship Teaching and Learning recently published a special issue on “Minorities, migrants and citizenship education” (Volume 9/2, May 2014), guest-edited by Alistair Ross, with articles by Miquel Àngel Essomba, Ana Solano-Campos, Jan Grannäs, Maria João Barroso Hortas, and Tatjana Zimenkova.

4. Call for Papers

Essays are invited by the International Journal of Migration and Border Studies (Issue 2, 2014). IJMBS seeks to bring together scholars and practitioners on a range of issued related to migration and borders studies and seeks new perspectives on issues of social exclusion and integration for permanent, temporary and irregular migrants and asylum seekers. The journal invites submissions from both emerging and established scholars, including graduate students, post-graduates, professors and practitioners from around the globe, with the objective of ensuring that a plurality of experiences and perspectives is represented. IJMBS is edited by France Houle (Université de Montréal). The deadline for submissions for Issue 2 is July 1, 2014. For inquiries, contact the journal editors by email:

The Islamophobia Studies Journal has issued a Call for Papers for a special issue on the theme “Islamophobia: Gender, Sexuality and Racism”. This special issue, co-edited by Rabab Ibrahim Abdulhadi (San Francisco State University) and Paola Bacchetta (University of California at Berkeley), seeks to open up the discussion on Islamophobia to other temporalities, problematics and political geographies including but not limited to Africa; Asia; Central and South America and the Caribbean; Eastern and Western Europe, and to explore flagrant as well as more subtle mechanisms and manifestations of gendered, sexualized and racialized Islamophobia. Abstracts of 500 words are due by October 10, 2014 to Full articles of no more than 8,000 words are due on March 2, 2015. Abstracts submitted for the special issue of IJS may also be considered for a subsequent larger anthology on Islamophobia: Gender, Sexuality and Racism to be co-edited by Rabab Abdulhadi and Paola Bacchetta. For more information, visit:

5. Courses and Summer Schools

The Metropolis Project (Carleton University) has organized Canadian and international experts on migration and integration for a unique training programme aimed at senior policy makers, practitioners and executives in the business sector. Entitled the “Cutting Edge Training Programme for Migration and Integration Professionals,” the program will take place in Ottawa, Canada from June 23-29, 2014. The aim is to distribute new information and analytical tools for application in the context of immigration policy, and to provide networking opportunities between participants and international faculty. Initial pilot training (including tuition) will be sponsored by Citizenship and Immigration Canada. For further information and other inquiries, contact Daniel Cervan-Gil via email at: For information on how to register, visit the Metropolis website:

The Department of Political and Social Sciences of the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona) and the Institute for Human and Social Sciences of University of Liège (Belgium) have introduced a double degree Master’s program in Immigration Studies. The program provides students with an opportunity to combine political science with sociological approaches in the study of immigration. Students will complete a Master’s Degree in Sociology from Liege and a Master’s Degree in Immigration Management from Pompeu Fabra, spending one year in residence at each University. For full information, including application instructions and deadlines, visit:

The 23rd Democracy & Diversity Institute, organized by the Transregional Center for Democratic Studies (TCDS) of The New School for Social Research (New York), will take place in Wroclaw, Poland from July 3-19, 2014. The D&D Institute has provided an important transatlantic bridge bringing together American and European scholars in a global discussion of democracy. This year’s program will focus on the theme “Understanding Modernity” and will consider: individual and social conditions of modern prejudice and its political consequences; contemporary social movements such as the Arab Spring and the “Occupy” movement; the role of political theory in legitimizing violence in its various structural, cultural, and symbolic forms. Local partners in Poland include the International Institute for the Study of Culture and Education (IISCE) at the University of Lower Silesia and the Osrodek Szkolenia Panstwowej Inspekcji Pracy. For information, visit:

The 2014 Summer Seminar on “Nationalism, Religion and Violence,” organized by the Charles University in Prague, will take place from June 23-July 4, 2014. Led by international researchers from universities around the world, the Seminar is aimed at students and graduates of Political Science, History, Anthropology, International Relations, International Law and connected disciplines. The course is open to both undergraduates and (post) graduate students. For further details visit the following website: or contact Seminar organizers via email:

An International Summer School on “Cultures, Migrations, Borders” will take place on the island of Lesvos in Greece from July 7-19, 2014. Organised by the Department of Social Anthropology and History of the University of the Aegean and the Institute of Migration and Ethnic Studies (University of Amsterdam), the School aims to bring together students and researchers in humanities and social sciences working on borders and migration. The border island of Lesvos, an important gate of immigrants and refugees to Greece and Europe, provides a unique venue. Information about the curriculum, instructors, fees, accommodation, and the application process can be found at the following website: For other enquiries contact Katerina Rozakou via email:

A Short Course on “Transnational Perspectives on Democratic Education” will take place in London (UK) from July 23-29 2014. This intensive week-long programme is aimed at educators and those studying in masters or doctoral programmes. It will explore transnational perspectives on democratic education by drawing on experience and scholarship from a range of national contexts, combining keynote lectures, active workshops, and a programme of visits, activities and workshops. Themes to be addressed will include Education and Democracy, Tensions and Challenges in Democratic Agendas, Diversity and Inclusion, and Student/Youth Participation. Complete details about the program and how to apply can be found at:

The PhD School at the Faculty of Humanities at University of Copenhagen offers a PhD course on “Comparative Studies in Migration and Memory” on 6-7 November 2014. At a time when transnational mobility is both noticeable and controversial, it matters greatly that we better understand the human experience of migration: its subjective histories, social processes and imaginative implications. Registration deadline: 3rd October. The course is co-sponsored by the Centre for Advanced Migration Studies, and details are available on their website:

6. Internet Resources

The Mosaic Institute released a Study on “The Perception & Reality of ‘Imported Conflict’ in Canada.” Part of the Government of Canada's Kanishka Project, almost 5,000 Canadians contributed their perceptions and experiences to this study of Canadian identity and collective security:

The Canadian Race Relations Foundation and the Association of Canadian Studies sponsored a number of surveys over a two-year period to keep abreast of Canadian attitudes on religion, race, and intergroup relations. Oversamples of Muslims, Jews, and Aboriginal peoples were included in the national survey to provide insight into how the views from these groups compare with those of Canada’s francophone population, English Canadian population, and persons whose mother tongue is neither English nor French. To access this resource, visit:

The United Nations University (UNU) has created a UNU Migration Network, which includes all UNU Institutes working on international migration from different disciplinary perspectives. Migration can enrich societies but can also produce challenges for individuals involved in the migration process and for governments and NGOs. The Migration Network analyzes and informs on all these aspects.


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

Will Kymlicka, 2016