Doing Citizenship in Multi-Cultural and Multi-Faith Societies
Wednesday, 18 December 2013 at 08:30 - Thursday, 19 December 2013 at 17:00 (GMT)
Societies within Europe, and beyond, are characterised by intersectionalities of ‘race’/ethnicity, gender, sexuality, faith and other markers of diversity. Added to this are increasingly fluid and diverse communities of individuals within and across national boundaries, whose loyalty and sense of belongingness may be multiple. Within this complex environment, ‘doing citizenship’, for both state and non-state actors and institutions, creates both challenges and opportunities. This international, multi-disciplinary conference is sponsored by the European Union and is organised by the School of Psychology, Criminology and Sociology at Kingston University London and the Centre for the European Union in South West Russia. It aims to examine the complexities to doing citizenship with respect to the three key themes of: Engaging with Diversity, Security, Negotiating European Citizenship.
Engaging with Diversity: A critical examination of what engagement and diversity mean for both states and citizens; the process of how state and non-state actors might build relationships and even trust with each other within contexts marked by conflict and/or distrust; negotiating multiple identities and doing citizenship; the potential offered by reflexive and other methodologies as a way of engaging with diversity; and the potential of research methodologies to be inclusive of communities’ concerns as a way of helping to empower communities.
Security: Minority communities’ understandings and experiences of ‘security’ and comparing and contrasting these with state definitions of, and responses to, security; the complexities of communities in relation to ‘race’/ethnicity, gender, religion, age, political affiliation and migration issues vis-à-vis questions of security; constructions of difference’ and otherisation’ within security contexts where communities’ can be problematised by state responses and initiatives; the role that communities can play, working with state agencies, including the police, youth justice services, educational sectors, and prisons and probation, in relation to security and peace-building; and state-community engagement and partnership work within security contexts, across European and other international contexts.
Negotiating European Citizenship: conceptualisations of ‘European identity’ and the manner in which they are negotiated and constructed by states and citizens; the means by which citizens and states negotiate European identities with other identities based on nationality, faith, and ethnicity; and challenges for European citizenship with respect to migration, conflict and being inclusive of diversity.
Confirmed speakers so far include:
Xenia Chryssochoou (Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences, Greece)
Stephen Gibson (York St John University, UK)
Ewen Cameron (The University of Edinburgh, UK)
Isabel Menezes (University of Porto, Portugal)
Igor Uznaradov (South Federal University, Russia)
Peter Hopkins (Newcastle University, UK)
Deadline for Submission of Abstracts: 25 November 2013
Please submit your abstract of 300 words max. along with the names of all authors and their institutional affiliations in Word format by e-mailing it to email@example.com
Prof Evanthia Lyons, Kingston University London (Co-Chair)
Prof Oxana Karmaukhova, Centre for the European Union in the South West Russia (Co-Chair)
Prof Igor Uznarodov,Centre for the European Union in the South West Russia
Emma O’Dwyer, Kingston University London
Prof Basia Spalek, Kingston University London
For further information please contact: Emma O’Dwyer (E.ODwyer@kingston.ac.uk)