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The Multiculturalism Policy Index monitors the evolution of multiculturalism policies in Western democracies. The project is designed to provide information about multiculturalism policies in a standardized format that aids comparative research and contributes to the understanding of state-minority relations. There are three separate indices covering three types of minorities: immigrant groups; historic national minorities; and indigenous peoples. Documentation on the adoption (or repeal) of multiculturalism policies relating to these three types of groups across 21 Western countries is freely available through this site for researchers, public officials, journalists, students, activists, and others interested in the topic.
Building Democracy in Ukraine
This CIDA funded project was established in partnership with the Ukrainian Ministry of Education to help Ukraine develop the capacity to deliver a self-sustaining program of education to foster and strengthen commitment to liberal-democratic values and the processes of liberal-democratic governance. The project has created a foundation course on democracy which is being used in more than 250 universities; courses on democratic policing and human rights for the universities and technical colleges of the Ministry of Internal Affairs; a course on teaching civic education for Ukraine’s 43 pedagogical universities and summer institutes; and courses on democracy and human rights for secondary schools. It has published nine textbooks. Its post-secondary courses have annual enrolments o f more than 40,000 students and through a new compulsory Grade XI course it will reach 200,000 students each year.
Ethnicity and Democratic GovernanceThe EDG is a collaborative international research project funded by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada that has engaged 39 researchers from eight countries. It investigates how states can best respond to the opportunities and challenges raised by ethnic, linguistic, religious, and cultural differences, and do so in ways that promote democracy, social justice, peace and stability. The project has produced more than 200 working papers, held 24 workshops and conferences and published the first four of eleven volumes to-date.
Summer Research Institute to discuss
the challenges of managing complex diversity
Centre associate John McGarry and colleagues from the EDG project are holding an international summer research institute for graduate students in Dublin, Ireland, June 3rd to 14th to explore questions about the challenges of managing complex diversity.
Prominent scholars from Canada and Europe will lead discussion at the institute. Principal themes to be discussed include constitutional dynamics and referendums in Western plurinational democracies, pluralist approaches to majority-minority nations, power sharing in deeply divided societies, linguistic and religious diversity, de-territorialized diversity, and solidarity beyond the nation state.
The Institute, called “The Challenge of Complex Diversity: Theoretical and Empirical Perspectives from Europe and Canada” will be held at the University College Dublin. It is supported by the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation along with: Queen’s University, the Center for Studies on Democracy and Diversity at Queen’s, Chaire de recherche en études québécoises et canadiennes (CREQC), Université du Québec à Montréal, and the University College Dublin.
New project on the governance of ethnicity
during a time of Transition in the Middle East
Centre associate Oded Haklai and Assaf David, a Research Fellow at the Harry S. Truman Institute for the Advancement of Peace at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, have initiated a project on the governance of ethnicity during a time of transition in the Middle East. They held a first workshop at the Hebrew University in December, 2012. Other participants from Canada included Zsuzsa Csergo and Philippe Roseberry from Queen’s, Jacques Bertrand of the University of Toronto, and Ceren Belge of Concordia University. The workshop was jointly funded by the Harry S. Truman Institute for Peace and the Halbert Centre for Canadian Studies at The Hebrew University.
Csergo Elected head of the Association for
the Study of Nationalities.
Zsuzsa Csergo was elected President of the Association for the Study of Nationalities at its 41st annual world convention at the Harriman Institute of Columbia University, April 18-21, 2013. The ASN is a leading international scholarly association focusing on nationalism and ethnicity studies and the only one whose research encompasses the study of ethnicity and nationalism from Europe to Eurasia http://www.nationalities.org/who/mission.asp