Citizenship, Democracy and Ethnocultural Diversity Newsletter, No. 70, October 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

On October 11-12, The Brooklyn Law School is hosting a two-day Symposium on “Religious Freedom and Equal Treatment: An International Look” The Symposium will consider how legal systems address threats to religious freedom, as well as the use of religious liberty claims to limit equal treatment. Abdullahi An-Na’im will be the keynote speaker. Anyone interested should visit the “Agenda and Participants” link on the following website:

The Research group Citizenship, Migration and the City (CIMIC) of the Erasmus University Rotterdam will hold its second “PhD Conference” on the topic “Changing Europe/Changing Migration: Europe in the World on the Move.” The event will concentrate on interactions between transnationalism, integration and citizenship, especially contemporary migration in and to Europe through a transnational lens. This Winter School will take place from January 12 to 16, 2015. The deadline for applications is October 17, and full information can be found at the following URL:

A Conference on “Mobility in Crisis” will take place at the European University Institute in Florence (Italy) on January 29-20, 2015. Held under the auspices of IMISCOE and the EUI Forum, the conference is being organized by Rainer Bauböck and Anna Triandafyllidou to discuss a widespread assumption that international migration is increasing, while historical evidence suggests that geographic mobility was more pervasive in times past. This event will explore the European dimension of migration patterns and examine the extent and consequences of patterns of mobility in Europe—in the past and today. Conference information can be found at:

A Symposium on “Economics, Linguistic Justice and Language Policy” will be held from March 2-3, 2015 by the School of Business and Economics at Humboldt-Universität in Berlin. The Symposium will explore a host of problems raised by diversity of languages in international economic/political integration processes. Potential participants are invited to submit abstracts on topics such as: theoretical models of linguistic justice and linguistic democracy; assessment of the socio-economic consequences of linguistic diversity and language policies; evaluation of costs and benefits of fair language policies; languages, linguistic rights and power; and multilingualism and economic activities. Keynote speakers will include Jean-Claude Barbier (Centre d'économie de la Sorbonne, Université Paris) and David Robichaud (Philosophy, University of Ottawa). The Organizers are Bengt-Arne Wickström and Michele Gazzola (Humboldt-Universität). Abstracts should be under 350W and should be sent to the following address: before the 30th of November 2014. Successful applicants will be notified by the 15th of December. The conference website is found at the following location:

The 12th Annual Conference in Citizenship Studies Wayne State University (Detroit, Michigan) will take place from March 12-14, 2015. This year’s theme will be governance and citizenship, and topics to be explored include formal or informal governance; local, national, and international governance; and the nature of governance as an instrument of access, authority, power, and responsibility. Abstracts of 500w should be submitted along with a short biography (50w) to the Center at before October 15. Superior papers will be considered for publication in the Wayne State University Press book series “Citizenship Studies.” For inquiries, contact Marc W. Kruman at the following email address:

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 17th National Metropolis Conference will be held on March 26-28, 2015 at the Sheraton Wall Centre, in Vancouver, Canada. Entitled “Broadening the Conversation: Policy and Practice in Immigration, Settlement and Diversity,” this national event will focus on future immigration trends and policies, along with the challenges and opportunities they create for Canadian society. Proposals will be accepted for workshops, round tables and poster presentations until November 14. Visit the Metropolis Conference website for information about the event and how to submit proposals:

A Colloquium on “Ambiguous Encounters: Anglophone and Francophone Relations in Quebec from the Conquest to the Quiet Revolution” will be held from March 27-28, 2015, organized by the Centre Interuniversitaire D'études Québécoises (CIEQ) and the Morrin Centre. The event’s CFP can be viewed at:

A Conference on “Human Rights and Justice” will take place at The Hague Institute for Global Justice from June 8-10, 2015. The Conference is being organized for the fourth time by the following organizations: The Human Rights Section of the International Studies Association (ISA); The Human Rights Section of the American Political Science Association (APSA); the Human Rights Research Committee of the International Political Science Association (IPSA); and the Standing Group on Human Rights and Transitional Justice of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR). The conference will take place immediately ahead of the annual meeting of the Academic Council on the United Nations System (June 11-13), also in The Hague. This joint event will gather researchers and policymakers from academia, think tanks, IOs and NGOs to deal with various aspects of justice and human rights. The deadline for submissions is 14 November 2014. Notification of acceptances will be sent by e-mail by 20 December 2014. Follow the Conference website for information on how to submit: The Conference Chairs will be Anja Mihr (The Hague Institute for Global Justice & Utrecht University) and Kurt Mills (University of Glasgow). For more information, contact organizers at the following email address:

3. Reccent Publications


Journal Special Issues

The Journal on Ethnopolitics and Minority Issues in Europe (JEMIE) recently published a Special Issue on “National Minorities between Protection and Empowerment” (Issue 2, 2014). An introduction by Federica Prina precedes essays by Tove Malloy, Simone Penasa, Flavio Guella, Adrian Schaefer-Rolffs, and Lilla Balázs and Guido Schwellnus.

The Journal of Social Philosophy recently published a Special Issue on “Democratic Citizenship and the Recognition of Cultural Differences” (Vol. 45, Issue 1, Spring 2014). Edited by Carol Gould, Adam Etinson, and Joshua Keton, this issue contains essays by Azizah al-Hibri, Joshua Keaton, Rainer Forst, Adam Etinson, Carol Gilligan, Virginia Held, and Sue Donaldson and Will Kymlicka.

A special issue was published by Political Studies (Vol. 62, Issue S1 online supplement, April 2014) on the topic “Democracy, Deliberation and Dissent.” Essays by John Garry, Jens Tenscher and Juri Mykkänen, Annemarie S. Walter, Bram Wauters, Amandine Crespy and several other scholars are included.

A ‘Concept in Focus’ issue of Contributions to the History of Concepts (Vol. 9, No. 1, Summer 2014) is on the theme “Citizenship in Europe after World War II.” An introductory essay by Claudia Wiesner and Anna Björk precedes essays by Hanna-Mari Kivistö, Crispino Akakpo and Katja Mäkinen.

The European Law Journal published a Symposium on the “Reconciliation of European Union Citizenship” (Vol. 20, No. 4, July 2014). A Symposium introduction by Dora Kostakopoulou, Elspeth Guild and Cristina Gortázar-Rotaeche precedes articles by Dimitry Kochenov, Pedro Caro de Sousa, Dariusz Adamski, Urska Sadl and Sigrid Hink, and Stefan Rummens and Stefan Sottiaux.

The Journal of Applied Philosophy recently published a Special Issue on “Toleration and Respect” (Vol. 30, No. 3, August 2013). An introductory essay by Ian Carter and Maria Paola Ferretti precedes articles by Ian Carter, Magali Bessone, Maria Paola Ferretti and Sune Lægaard, Emanuela Ceva and Federico Zuolo, Peter Balint and Colin Bird.

Asian Ethnicity recently published a Special Issue on “Ethnicities, Governance, and Human Rights” (Vol. 15, Issue 2, 2014). Guest-edited by Steve Ona and Chih-yu Shihb, this issue explores questions around how alternative modes of governance might help to answer the distinctive challenges and claims of Asia’s many ethnicities.

A special issue of Language Policy is dedicated to the theme “Language Policy and Political Theory” (Vol. 13, Issue 4, November 2014). A thematic introduction by Yael Peled, Peter Ives and Thomas Ricento precedes essays by Stephen May, Yael Peled, Peter Ives, Daniel Weinstock and Ronald Schmidt Sr.

A Special Issue of Ethnic and Racial Studies is about “Multiculturalism, Social Cohesion and Immigration: Shifting Conceptions in the UK” (Vol. 37, No. 8, 2014). An introductory essay by Martin Bulmer and John Solomos precedes essays by Alana Lentin, Patrick Sturgis, Ian Brunton-Smith, Jouni Kuha and Jonathan Jackson, Thomas Fletcher and Karl Spracklen, Frank Bechhofer and David McCrone, Lani Russell and Bin Wu and Hong Liu.

The journal Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism recently published a Special Issue on Ethnicity, Nationalism and Education (Vol. 13, No. 3, December 2013). Essays by Anna Drake, Jan Michael Kotowski, Andrew Webb and Sarah Radcliffe, Stuart A. Durkin, Verena Wisthaler and Kerry Greaves are included.

Nationalities Papers recently published a Special Issue on “Minority Politics and the Territoriality Principle in Europe (Vol. 42, No. 3, 2014). An introductory article by Magdalena Máracz Dembinska, László Maracz and Márton Tonk is followed by contributions from Günther Pallaver, István Csernicskó & Viktória Ferenc, István Gergo Székely & István Horváth, and Boyka M. Stefanova.

Patterns of Prejudice, Vol. 48, No. 2 (May 2014) is a special issue on ‘Armenians, Turks and Kurds beyond denial’, guest edited by Sossie Kasbarian and Kerem Öktem and including articles by Sossie Kasbarian and Kerem Öktem, Ugur Ümit Üngör, Olga Demetriou, Laurent Mignon, and Helin Anahit.

New Journal

The first issue of Democratic Theory: An Interdisciplinary Journal was recently released by Berghahn Journals (Vol. 1, Issue 1, 2014). Democratic Theory is a peer-reviewed journal that aims to encourage philosophical and interdisciplinary contributions that critically explore democratic theory in all its varieties. It offers a cross-disciplinary forum for theoretical questions including non-Western as well as Western approaches to democratic governance. In Issue 1, an Editorial entitled “Why Democratic Theory?” by Mark Chou and Jean-Paul Gagnon introduces the journal and precedes articles by Henry A. Giroux, Simeon Mitropolitski, and Lauri Rapeli. Information on this inaugural issue is available at:

4. Call for Papers

Creative Education (CE), a peer-reviewed open-access journal, seeks submissions for an upcoming Special Issue on the theme “Global Interconnectedness and Multicultural Education”. Education is increasingly becoming international and the rise of mass schooling has implanted the concept that everyone has a right to be educated regardless of cultural and gender differences. Multicultural education permeates all levels of educational practices, policies and organization because it is assumed to be a tool for cultivating positive self-concepts for providing knowledge about histories, cultures, and contributions of diverse groups. Topics to be covered include: learning in an interconnected world; intercultural and multicultural education; study abroad programs; equity pedagogy and equitable educational opportunities; teaching with a multicultural perspective, and others. Submissions should be sent through the submission system at the homepage (below). For inquiries, contact the Editorial Assistant at: The Guest Editor for this issue is Dr. Cathy H. Qi (University of New Mexico, USA).

The journal Citizenship Teaching and Learning is inviting submissions for a special issue devoted to exploring citizenship in higher education. The idea that institutions of higher education are institutions of civic instruction is not new. Civic instruction was both an implicit and an explicit outcome of the liberal foundation on which post-secondary education was built. However, in recent years, the influence of neoliberal ideology on post-secondary institutions has obscured such democratic aims as the focus on career preparation and economic prosperity has eclipsed service and engagement as the core goals of a university education. Unsurprisingly, recent research indicates that young people are democratically disengaged from their societies, and that explicit civic instruction can help to combat this disengagement. However, much of that research is undertaken in the context of K-12 education. This special issue aims to highlight the higher education perspective on citizenship education and provide space for discussion of the civic purposes of higher education. Papers on the theme of citizenship and higher education are invited (4,000–6,000 words and following the guidelines of this journal found at: The guest-editors will review the submissions and invite up to six authors to revise their papers for inclusion in the journal.

The International Journal of Migration and Border Studies invites submissions for its third issue, which will be published in 2015. IJMBS aims to bring together a diverse range of scholars and practitioners to advance knowledge and improve practice and methodologies in a broad range of issued related to migration and borders studies. 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. Suggested themes for submissions include: innovations in border security and immigration policy; databases and exchanges; coordination with health, education, and social welfare programs; the role of gender, age, social status, ability, race and other factors in curtailing the role of gender, age, social status; and many other theoretical and methodological dimensions related to borders and migration. All papers are refereed through a peer review process and must be submitted online in accordance with the journal’s guidelines on preparing and submitting articles. The deadline for submissions is January 31st, 2015. For other inquiries, contact the Editor-in-Chief, Prof. France Houle (Université de Montréal) at the following email address: Detailed information is found on the journal website:

5. Related Programs

The EU project on “Diversity in Political Parties’ Programmes, Organisation and Representation” (DIVPOL), which ran from 2012 to 2014, has released its findings and recommendations. DIVPOL was designed to initiate, assess, support and evaluate diversity development processes with regard to ethnic diversity in political parties in eight EU member states. It ran from 2012 to 2014. The project aimed to raise awareness and develop practical recommendations and tools to promote diversity development in parties and improve the chances of participation for third-country nationals. Research institutes, universities, NGOs and ministerial bodies, migrant organisations and political parties in eight EU-member states were involved. Their report is available at:

The Sixth Edition of the Annual Winter School on Federalism and Governance, organized by the European Academy of Bozen/Bolzano (EURAC), will take place from February 2-13, 2015, and this year’s theme will be “Federalism and Governance 2015: Federalism and Democratic Participation.” The first week of studies will take place at the University of Innsbruck and the second week at EURAC in Bolzano/Bozen. Applications for this winter school will be accepted until October 26th. Full information and details on the application process are posted on the following website:

Applications are invited for the 2015 Montreal Political Theory Manuscript Workshop Award. Offered by the The Groupe de recherche interuniversitaire en philosophie politique de Montréal (GRIPP), a joint initiative of the departments of political science and philosophy at McGill University, l'Université de Montréal, Concordia University, and l'Université du Québec à Montréal, the recipient of this award will be invited to Montreal for a day-long workshop, in April/May 2015, at which the manuscript will be the focus of discussion and debate in an “author meets critics” workshop. The manuscript topic can be in any area of political theory and political philosophy and can be in English or French, but must not be already accepted for publication. Applicants with PhD in hand by August 1st 2014 are eligible. Details of the Application process can be found at the website below. Application materials must be received via email in a file with the subject heading “2015 GRIPP Manuscript Workshop Award” by Arash Abizadeh (arash.abizadeh at with review of applications commencing January 15th, 2015.


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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