(CFP) Nationalism, Ethnicity and Citizenship: Whose Citizens? Whose Rights?

Centre for Research on Nationalism, Ethnicity and Multiculturalism (CRONEM)

Nationalism, Ethnicity and Citizenship:

Whose Citizens? Whose Rights?

30 June – 1 July, 2008

University of Surrey, Guildford, UK


citizenshipfrontpage.jpgCRONEM’s 2008 conference will address issues bound up with nationalism, ethnicity and citizenship from a multi-disciplinary perspective. Multicultural societies raise crucial challenges for traditional conceptions of nations and citizenship. Ethnic diversity can mean that significant numbers of people are excluded from national projects, while the ‘melting pot’ metaphor belies the complexities of societies in which minority communities seek to protect their heritages and resist incorporation into the nation or state.

At the same time, conceptions of citizenship appear to be undergoing transformation. Civic engagement and participation is frequently viewed as being more effective in achieving social change than traditional forms of political representation. Levels of both civic and political participation vary significantly across ethnic communities, while political institutions are required to adjust to accommodate marginalised communities more effectively into democratic processes.

At the international level, the sovereignty of the nation state has been increasingly challenged in the name of protecting or asserting universal human rights. Regimes, deemed oppressive by powerful external actors, have been subjected to sanctions or military intervention. The question of national citizenship, with its attendant rights and obligations, is being reframed in the light of new expectations. The implications of this process for the future of states and their citizens remain unclear, but they appear to encourage the erosion of national sovereignty in favour of participation at both sub-national and international levels.


  • Conceptualising citizenship in ethnically diverse societies
  • Comparisons of old and new forms of citizenship
  • Political versus civic engagement and participation
  • Incorporating marginalised groups into democratic processes
  • The concepts of intercultural, multicultural and cosmopolitan citizenship
  • Citizenship and religion
  • Citizenship and migrants
  • The role of civic/citizenship education in multicultural societies
  • National citizenship and universal human rights
  • Ethnic conflict regulation and the roles of international actors

Confirmed speakers:

  • Hans van Amersfoort, Emeritus Professor, Cultural Geography and Population Geography, Universiteit van Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Michael Byram, Professor of Education, Durham University
  • Nick Emler, Professor of Social Psychology, University of Surrey
  • Jonathan Friedman, Professor of Social Anthropology, Lund University, Sweden
  • Montserrat Guibernau, Professor of Politics, University of London
  • Lord Bhikhu Parekh, Labour Member of the House of Lords and Professor of Political Philosophy, University of Westminster
  • Oren Yiftachel, Associate Professor of Political Geography, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel

Please send your submissions to Mirela Dumic (m.dumic@surrey.ac.uk)
Deadline for submissions: 1st February 2008
Notification of acceptance will be sent to presenters by 3rd March 2008.
Registration and venue details http://www.surrey.ac.uk/Arts/CRONEM/registration08.htm

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