MINELRES: Citizenship, Democracy and Ethnocultural Diversity Newsletter No 33, June 2004 (excerpts)

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Citizenship, Democracy and Ethnocultural Diversity
Newsletter of the Queen's Forum for Philosophy and Public Policy
No. 33, June 2004


1. Introduction
2. Upcoming Conferences
3. Recent Publications
4. Call for Papers
5. Internet Resources
6. Courses and Summer Schools


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

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"Racisms, Sexisms & Contemporary Politics of Belonging" is an
international conference organized by the International Sociological
Association (ISA), to be held from August 25-27, 2004, at Friends House,
173 Euston Rd., London, UK. The conference will examine the racialized
and gendered effects of some of the fundamental features of a
contemporary politics of belonging. Further details and a provisional
conference program are posted at:
http://www.ucm.es/info/isa/cforp228.htm For other information, contact
the conference organizers: Nira Yuval-Davis (email:
n.yuval-davis@uel.ac.uk) or Kalpana Kannabiran (Kalpana@hd1.vsnl.net.in

The Societas Ethica, a leading European academic society for research in
ethics, will host its annual conference in Ljubljana, Slovenia, August
25-29, 2004. This year's topic is "Pluralism in Europe? One Law? One
Market? One Culture?". This topic is posed as a question in order to
highlight the need for clarification: How much pluralism does Europe
need? In what realms are unity and uniformity unnecessary? For
additional information, contact: Stefan Heuser;
societas@theologie.uni-erlangen.de; tel: +49 (0) 9131 / 85-26237; or
consult the SE website:

The Conflict Research Society (CRS) in partnership with
INCORE/University of Ulster and the United Nations University will hold
a conference on "Multidisciplinary Findings in Conflict Research", from
September 1-3, 2004 at the University of Ulster, Magee Campus,
London/Derry Northern Ireland. For further details, contact: Silvia D.
Mussano, School of Policy Studies, Magee Campus, University of Ulster,
BT487JL Derry, Northern Ireland; tel: 004-(0)28-71375535; email:

>From September 17-18, 2004, the Department of French and the Centre for
the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship at the University of Bristol will
host an interdisciplinary conference on the topic "The Construction of
Minority Identities in Britain and France". Speakers will include
Catherine de Wenden, Nadia Kiwan, Tariq Modood, and Bobby Sayyid. For
more information, contact Gino Raymond at: Gino.Raymond@bristol.ac.uk or
the following conference website:

The International Metropolis Project is organizing a conference on
"Multicultural Futures" on September 22-23, 2004, in Prato, Italy
(outside Florence). Multiculturalism theory and practice are now under
severe criticism from both the left and the right. Declared a failed
policy for integration in a number of European countries and subjected
to critiques that it is bound to divide societies, multiculturalism's
future as social policy needs to be examined carefully. The
International Metropolis Project, the Monash Institute for the Study of
Global Movements, and the Australian Multicultural Foundation have
organized a conference to take a hard look at the future viability of
multiculturalism as a means of bringing about the effective integration
of immigrants and creating cohesive societies that have diverse
populations. Speakers include Veit Bader, Will Kymlicka, Aristide
Zolberg, Rainer Baubock, Graeme Hugo, Trevor Phillips, and a number of
government ministers. The conference is immediately prior to the 9th
International Metropolis Conference which takes place in Geneva from
September 27-October 1. Program details and registration information can
be found on the Metropolis website at


The California Roundtable for the Philosophy of Race will dedicate its
inaugural annual conference to the topic "Race, Ethnicity, Racism". The
roundtable, which will be held from September 24-25, 2004, at the
University of San Francisco, will bring philosophers of race and those
working in related fields together to exchange ideas and methods.
Keynote speakers will include Tommy Lott and Gregory Velazco y
Trianosky. Speakers will consider a broad range of philosophical issues
regarding race, ethnicity, and racism, including those that take up race
in the context of another topic, such as justice, ethnocentrism,
identity, ethnicity, mestizaje (mixed race), feminism, biology,
phenomenology, existentialism, psychoanalysis, metaphysics, or
epistemology. For further details contact: Ronald R. Sundstrom,
Department of Philosophy, University of Memphis; email:


The Research Committee on Politics and Ethnicity of the International
Political Science Association will host an event called "Beyond Case
Studies: What have we Learned about Ethnicity and Politics?" at the
University of Ottawa from September 30-October 2, 2004. The conference
will examine common methodological approaches to the politics of violent
conflict, and develop conclusions about the future health of the
discipline of political science. For more information, contact:
Francois-Pierre Gingras, School of Policy Studies, University of Ottawa;
email: fgingras@uottawa.ca or visit the following conference website:

An international conference entitled "The Status Law Syndrome:
Post-communist Nation Building, Citizenship, and/or Minority Protection"
will be held from October 14-16, 2004 in Budapest, Hungary. The
organizing institutions are the Slavic Research Center, Hokkaido
University, and the Minority Studies Institute of the HAS, Budapest. The
conference was initiated by Hungarian and Japanese scholars to further
academic collaboration and scientific studies on national minorities in
Central and Eastern Europe. Topics will include: status laws in Central
and East European contexts; the status law as solution for national
minority conflicts; and the future of status laws for kin-minorities.
For details, contact: Anna Osvath; email: annaosv@mail.history.mta.hu
(for organizational issues), or, alternatively: balazs.majtenyi@bkae.hu
academic issues).

A conference called "Diversity, Regionalism and Youth: Comparison
between Central, Eastern and Western Europe" will be held in Brno, Czech
Republic, from October 20-25, 2004. Organized by the European Free
Alliance Youth, this event will give youths 17-27 the chance to
familiarize themselves with the reality of "regionalism awareness" in
the three areas of Europe and develop skills in positively promoting
regional culture and special characteristics. For more information,
contact: Eva Mendoza, European Free Alliance Youth, 60 Rue Wiertz, PHS
02C26; 1047 Bruxelles (Belgique); tel: +32 228441711; fax: +32 22841771;
email: emendoza@europarl.eu.int

The Philosophy Department at the University of Guelph will be hosting an
international conference on "The Practice of Law-making and the Problem
of Difference" on 13-14 November 2004. The increasing diversity of
liberal-democratic states and corresponding demands of recognition have
forced political theorists of various camps to reformulate their account
of how to approach the goal of solidarity. This conference will examine
contrasting approaches, including liberal culturalism and critical
theory. For more information, contact the conference organizer, Prof.
Omid A. Payrow Shabani by email (oshabani@uoguelph.ca) or phone
(519-824-4120 x
53201), or check the conference website at:


(all prices in U.S. dollars)

Barzilai, Gad (2003) Communities and Law: Politics and Cultures of Legal
Identities (Law, Meaning, and Violence) (UMP) $65.00

Brenner, Frederic (2003) Diaspora: Homelands in Exile (2 Vol. Set)
(HarperCollins) $68.00


Dieckhoff, Alain (ed) (2004) The Politics of Belonging: Nationalism,
Liberalism, and Pluralism (Lexington) $26.00

Dimitras, Panayote Elias (2004) Recognition of Minorities in Europe:
Protecting Rights and Dignity (Minority Rights Group) - available at:


Fung, Archon and E.O. Wright (eds) (2003) Deepening Democracy:
Institutional Innovations in Empowered Participatory Governance (Verso)

Gibson, James L. (2004) Overcoming Apartheid: Can Truth Reconcile a
Nation? (Russell Sage) $47.50

Hagandoorn, Louk et.al. (2003) Integrating Immigrants in the Netherlands
(Ashgate) $89.95

Hall, Lena (2004) Dictionary of Multicultural Psychology: Issues, Terms
and Concepts (Sage) $34.95

James, Michael Rabinder (2004) Deliberative Democracy and the Plural
Polity (UP of Kansas) $19.95

Kenny, Michael (2004) Politics of Identity: Liberal Political Theory and
the Dilemmas of Difference (Polity) $27.95

Krestedemas, Philip and Ana Aparicio (2004) Immigrants, Welfare Reform,
and the Poverty of Policy (Praeger) $79.95


Minnow, Martha, Richard A. Shweder et.al. (eds) (2002) Engaging Cultural
Differences: The Multicultural Challenge in Liberal Democracies (Russell
Sage) $49.95

Reitz, Jeff (ed) (2003) Host Societies and the Reception of Immigrants
(Center for the Comparative Study of Immigration Studies) $22.01

Rex, John & Gurharpal Singh (2004) Governance in Multicultural Societies
(Ashgate) $89.95

Schneckener, Ulrich and Stefan Wolff (eds) (2004) Managing and Settling
Ethnic Conflicts: Perspectives on Successes and Failures in Europe,
and Asia (Palgrave) $22.95

Seymour, Michel (ed) (2004) The Fate of the Nation-state (McGill-Queen's
UP) 27.95


Wright, Sue (2003) Language Policy and Language Planning: From
to Globalisation (Palgrave) $24.95

Journal Special Issues and Symposia

The International Journal of Multicultural Societies recently published
a special issue on "Pluralism and Multiculturalism in Colonial and
Post-Colonial Societies" (Vol. 5, No. 2; December 2003). The IJMS is a
UNESCO publication available for viewing on the WWW at the following web
address: http://www.unesco.org/shs/ijms

Volume 7 (2003) of "Ethnologia Balkanica", the journal of the
International Association for Southeast European Anthropology, includes
articles about collective identity and national culture in countries
such as Bulgaria, Greece, Slovenia, Romania and Serbia. Each article
seeks to address the problem of South-eastern Europe in the context of
"the New Europe". Contributors include: Chris Hann, Ivaylo Ditchev,
Evgenija Krasteva-Blagoeva and Domna Michail.

A recent issue of the journal Race Equality Teaching contains a series
of articles on the relationships between race, citizenship and
citizenship education (Vol. 22, No. 2; 2004). The articles consider
issues such as children's attitudes, practical teaching, teaching global
citizenship, and anti-racism education.


A symposium on "Race and Immigration Policies under New Labour in
Britain" was recently published in the journal Ethnicities (Vol. 4, No.
2; 2004). Contributors include Liza Schuster and John Solomos, with
comments by Shamit Saggar, Ruth Levitas and Joel Krieger.


New Journals

The Du Bois Review: Social Science Research on Race is a new semi-annual
journal devoted to research and criticism on the subject of race.
Published by the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African
American Research, Harvard University, the Review will primarily focus
on empirical studies, although review essays on new scholarship and
essays about the "state of the field" of race relations will appear
frequently. The inaugural issue (Vol. 1, No. 1; Spring 2004) contains
essays on topics such as segregation, race in post-secondary education,
reparations, urban racial conflict, race and poverty, and race in the
world system. Tables of contents and article abstracts can be downloaded
from the "Cambridge Journals Online" service
(http://journals.cambridge.org) by searching for "Du Bois Review". The
journal welcomes manuscripts from authors in the U.S. or elsewhere in
the world on the subject of race and society. Manuscripts for submission
should be sent to: Dee A. Worman, Managing Editor, Du Bois Review, 69
Dunster St., Cambridge, MA, 02138, USA; tel: 617-496-5867; fax:
617-496-1327; email: dworman@fas.harvard.edu

Other Publications

The European Yearbook of Minority Issues provides a critical and timely
review of contemporary developments in minority-majority relations in
Europe. It combines analysis, commentary and documentation in relation
to conflict management, international legal developments and domestic
legislation affecting minorities in Europe. Part I contains scholarly
articles, including a special focus section on 'New Minorities', and
Part II reviews the implementation of minority legislation and
international standards at the universal and regional levels as well as
new developments in relation to them and contains a list of
international norms. Ordering information and a table of contents for
the 2002/2003 Yearbook can be
found at: http://www.ecmi.de/doc/public_yearbook.html

The European Court of Human Rights recently launched its "HUDOC" CD-ROM.
This document contains judgments and decisions of the European Court of
Human Rights, resolutions of the Committee of Ministers of the Council
of Europe, and decisions and reports of the former European Commission
of Human Rights. For instructions on how to order a copy, go to:


The journal Patterns of Prejudice welcomes essays for a special issue on
Language and Discrimination, to be published in September 2005. Guest
edited by Richard Pugh, this special issue will examine the role of
minority languages in Europe and around the world, focusing especially
on power relations and issues of discrimination and marginalization.
Papers should be submitted by 30 November 2004. Submissions should be
between 5,000 and 7,000 words in length. Submissions should be sent to:
Barbara Rosenbaum, Patterns of Prejudice, 79 Wimpole Street, London W1G
9RY, UK; fax: +44 (0)20 7935 3252; email: b.rosenbaum@jpr.org.uk Further
information can be found at:


The Essex Human Rights Review (EHRR) is a new online publication edited
by graduate students at the University of Essex. The EHRR is now
accepting articles, book reviews and other contributions on contemporary
human rights issues, primarily, but not exclusively, in the areas of
law, political science, sociology and philosophy, covering both academic
and practical aspects of human rights. Enquires and submissions should
be emailed to ehrr@essex.ac.uk

The Journal for the Study of Religions and Ideologies (JSRI) invites
articles for a special issue on "Multiculturalism and Civil Society"
(Issue 8; August 2004). JSRI is an international publication of the
Seminar for the Interdisciplinary Research of Religions and Ideologies,
Department of Systematic Philosophy from Babes-Bolyai University (Cluj,
Romania) and the Society for the Research of Religion and Ideologies
(SACRI). It is intended for academics, professors and young researchers
interested in the study of religions and ideologies. Texts should be
sent as email attachments to: Mihaela Frunza, Babes Bolyai University,
Department of Systematic Philosophy, M. Kogalniceanu no.1,400084, Cluj,
Romania; tel: +40 744 698826; email: s_c_i_r_i@yahoo.com OR email:
sfrunza@hiphi.ubbcluj.ro; J.S.R.I. website: http://hiphi.ubbcluj.ro/JSRI

The journal Sprawy Narodowociowe (Nationalities Affairs), published by
the Polish Academy of Sciences devoted to the study of nationalism and
ethnicity, seeks contributors for a special volume on "Specific
Nationalisms". The deadline for submissions is October 30th, 2004.
Potential contributors should forward manuscripts and questions about
submission details to the editors of the volume: Wojciech Burszta
(email: wojciech.burszta@swps.edu.pl) (Editor-in-Chief), and Tomasz
Kamusella (email: tomek672@poczta.onet.pl; email through August 2004:


A new "digest" of court cases on gender and culture has been posted on
the internet as part of a research project undertaken at the London
School of Economics' Gender Institute. The digest gathers together key
cases in which issues of gender equality and cultural difference have
arisen in British courts. The LSE research project considered whether
and to what extent ethnic diversity is recognized in public policy and
legal judgments, and whether this kind of recognition helps or hinders
the equal treatment of women. The digest is not a complete library of
cases, but provides useful information for researchers working in the


The Multicultural Pavilion is a website on multiculturalism and
multicultural education for educators and activists. A new tool on this
website enables visitors to browse and shop for books and films related
to diversity, multiculturalism, social justice issues and equity issues.




The Network University's Online Summer School on Conflict Transformation
will run three interactive, online courses on conflict transformation
this summer. The courses are taught and supervised entirely on the
internet in English. This year's courses will cover: Youth Transforming
Conflict (July 5-30, 2004), Transforming Civil Conflicts (August
9-September 3, 2004), and Gender and Conflict Transformation (September
20-October 15, 2004). For further information visit the website below.


Sofia University of Bulgaria is offering an MA Programme in Ethnicity
and National Relations in the Balkans. The programme will put political
events of recent Balkan history in the context of the centuries-long and
often turbulent history of the relations between the different ethnic
groups living there. It will explore the concept of ethnic relations in
both theory and practice. Courses will be taught in English, students
will be expected to write their dissertation in English, but the
suggested reading includes material in English, French, German and
Russian. A two-semester course in Bulgarian language and literature will
be provided. During the second semester and the summer months the
students will take part in field trips to a locality with ethnically and
religiously mixed population and partake in the day-to-day activities
with an active minority
For further information on the program, contact: Ivan Ilchev, Chair of
History of the Balkans, Department of History, Sofia University St. Kl.
Ohridski, 15 Tsar Osvoboditel Bld, 1000 Sofia, Bulgaria; 
tel: + 359 2 9308 223; fax: + 359 2 463022; email: dolnouino@lycos.com


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