April 19, 2016 – April 20, 2016 all-day
A100 Centre of Excellence
Glendon College
2275 Bayview Ave, North York, ON M4N 1J8
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April 19-20, 2016

A100 – Centre of Excellence

Glendon College, York University

The Glendon School of Public & International Affairs (GSPIA) is hosting a two-day international conference that addresses a central theme in contemporary public life, as well as in scholarly research and debate : How should liberal democratic institutions respond to cultural diversity?  The question is increasingly urgent as cultural diversity becomes more complex, demands of cultural minorities for recognition and accommodation become more intense, and relations between cultural majorities and minorities become more strained.


Keynotes addresses

    • Danielle Juteau (Université de Montréal, Canada), sociologist and author of L’ethnicité et ses frontières.
    • David Miller (Oxford University, United Kingdom), political philosopher and author of On Nationality and Citizenship and National Identity.
    • Naomi Alboim (Queen’s University, Canada), Public policy consultant and former deputy minister.
    • Alan Patten (Princeton University, United States), political philosopher and author of Equal Recognition: the Moral Foundations of Minority Rights.


Presentations of Research

  • Over 30 presentations by researchers from North America and Europe.

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Event Schedule

8:00 am – 8:45 am       Registration and continental breakfast

8:45 am – 9:00 am       Opening Remarks

9:00 am – 10:30 am    Keynote – David Miller (Oxford University, United Kingdom)   “The Life and Death of Multiculturalism”

10:30 am – 10:45 am   Break

10:45 am – 12:15 pm   Panels

  • Theorizing Cultural Diversity
    • Allard-Tremblay Yann (McGill University) ‘The Modern and the Pluralist Perspectives on Cultural Diversity’
    • Colin Grey (Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada) ‘Immigration and Instability’
    • Andrew Robinson (Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada) ‘Immigrant Youth, Parental Authority, and a Justification of Liberal Multiculturalism’
    • Annamari Vitikainen (The Artic University of Norway, Norway) ‘Minority Rights and global justice: assessing the normative differences in societal and global discourses of cultural justice’
  • Cultural Diversity and National Interest
    • Joan Andrew (Ryerson University, Canada) ‘Addressing Cultural Diversity through Newcomer Settlement at a Provincial level’
    • Stephen Larin (European Academy of Bolzano, Italy) ‘Back to the future: an old debate over national minorities and new civic integration policies for migrants’
    • Willem Maas (Glendon College- York University, Canada) ‘The State Strikes Back: Restricting Citizenship in the Netherlands and Canada’
  • Cultural Diversity and Political Institutions
    • Félix Deslauriers (Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada) ‘Une théorie conservatrice des classes sociales?’
    • Daniela Heimpel  (Université de Montréal – Université de Nantes, Canada) ‘Politiques européennes en matière de formation du citoyen européen : chance ou risque pour la diversité dans le cadre de l’Union européenne?’
    • Valérie Lapointe-Gagnon (Université de l’Alberta, Canada) ‘Regard historique sur la gestion de la diversité canadienne : débats autour du fédéralisme canadien à la Commission Laurendeau-Dunton, 1963-1971’
    • Robert Schertzer (University of Toronto, Canada) ‘Rethinking the Representation of Ethno-National Diversity’

12:15 pm – 1:30 pm    Lunch

1:30 pm – 3:00 pm      Panels

  • Accommodation of Religious Diversity
    • Caroline Jacquet (Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada)  ‘Féminisme, laïcité et ‘libéralisme identitaire’ au Québec (2007- 2015)’
    • Jon Mahoney (Kansas State University, United States) ‘Religious Freedom and the Problem of Political Authority’
    • John Soroski (MacEwan University, Canada) ‘Inscrutable Perils: ‘Values’ Based Objections to Religio-Cultural Accommodation
  • Diversity and Liberal Democratic Theory

    • Marcus Häeggrot (Oxford University, United Kingdom) ‘Voter Registration for Nomadic Citizens: A Liberal Approach’
    •  Michael Jewkes (University of Leuven, Belgium) ‘Diversity and Democracy: Shedding Light upon the Value of Popular Rule’
    •  Nenad Stojanovic (Princeton University, United States) ‘Electoral Discrimination and Democratic Theory’
  • Selecting Immigrants
    • Christina Clark-Kazak (Glendon College, York University, Canada) ‘Cultural diversity and social age in Canada’s immigration law and policy’
    • Victor Satzewich (McMaster University, Canada) ‘Visitors, Refugees and ‘Jumpers’: Canadian Visa Officer:Discretion in Overseas Visitor Visa Processing’
    • Daniel Simian (University of Toronto, Canada)  ‘Are Canada’s Refugee Law Reforms Constitutional?’  – ‘Les contestations fondées sur la Charte et ce qu’en disent les cours’
    • Sule Tomkinson (University of Kansas, United States) ‘Knocking on immigration law’s door: adjudicating non-citizens? Rights claims in Canada

3:00 pm – 3:15 pm     Break

3:15 pm – 4:45 pm     Keynote – Alan Patten (Princeton University, United States) “Religious Accommodations in a Diverse Society”

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm   Reception

8:00 am – 9:00 am       Continental breakfast

9:00 am – 10:30 am     Keynote – Danielle Juteau (Université de Montréal, Canada) “La citoyenneté québécoise face à l’option pluraliste”

10:30 am – 10:45 am    Break

10:45 am – 12:15 pm    Panels

    • Diversity and Redistribution
      • Patricia Illingworth (Northeastern University, United States) ‘The Health of Immigrants’
      •  Nicolas-Guillaume Martineau (Glendon College, York University, Canada) ‘Societal Consensus, Cultural Diversity, and Redistributive Taxation’
      • Dean Ray (York University, Canada) ‘The Uses and Abuses of Hatred: policy schizophrenia and the mobilization of symbolic resources’
    • Integrating Immigrants
      • Francis Garon (Campus Glendon, Université York, Canada) ‘Implementing Immigration and Integration Policies in Québec and Ontario’
      • Stephan Reichhold (Table de concertation des organismes au service des personnes réfugiées et immigrantes, Montréal) ‘L’intégration des nouveaux arrivants au Québec : particularités du cadre juridique et financier des mesures d’intégration et de francisation’
      • Catherine Xhardez (Yale University, United States) ‘Do migrant integration policies support nationalist aspirations? A comparative analysis of integration programmes in Flanders, Quebec, and Brussels’

    12:15 pm – 1:30 pm      Lunch

    1:30 pm – 2:30 pm       Keynote – Naomi Alboim (Queen’s University, Canada) “Immigrant Integration Policies and Practices: The Canadian Model” 

    2:30 pm – 4:00 pm      Panels

    • Supporting Immigrants
      • Chennoufi, Miloud (Campus Glendon, Université York, Canada) ‘Radicalisation et contre-radicalisation. Une approche intégrée’
      • Camille Foubert (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales – École Normale Supérieure, France) ‘Professionnelles de santé et la reconnaissance des minorités culturelles’
      • Ariane Le Moing (Université de Poitiers, France) ‘La formation interculturelle : vers une société pluriethnique inclusive?’
    • Diversity, Justice and Toleration
      • Emanuela Ceva and Rossella De Bernardi (Universita di Pavia, Italy) ‘Democratic Legitimacy and the Domain of Political Toleration’
      • Sergi Morales-Gálvez (University of Leuven, Belgium) ‘Why Spanish Speakers Should Learn Catalan: A Republican Argument for Multilingualism’
      • Yael Peled (McGill University, Canada) and Matteo Bonotti (Cardiff University, United Kingdom) ‘Liberal Democracy, Linguistic Diversity and Epistemic Injustice’
      •  Meital Pinto (University of Toronto, Canada) ‘The Right to Culture, the Right to Dispute and the Right to Exclude: a new perspective on minorities within minorities’

    4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Closing Remarks followed by reception


    The conference will be bilingual and simultaneous interpretation will be provided.


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