Who's the Most Legitimate to Protest?

Posted on Thursday 27th June 2013

ACCEPT Pluralism Consortiumparticipatedin the Council of European Studies 2013 Conference in Amsterdam by organising a panel entitled 'Who’s the Most Legitimate to Protest? Immigration vs. Native Minority Claims in an Extended Europe' (Wednesday, 26June). June).

Kymlicka’s theory of multicultural citizenship distinguishes between national minorities and immigrant groups and argues that national minority claims are perceived as morally legitimate by contrast with the demands coming from more recent, migration-related minorities (Kymlicka 1995). Drawing from empirical research conducted in the framework of a European project, this session sought to challenge this theory by examining the level of acceptance of European countries towards different kinds of minority claims. In particular, it discussed whether ethnic claims can be perceived as more urgent and therefore prioritised, than national minorities whose claims have been institutionalised and somehow shuttered.

ACCEPT Pluralism members presented papers that compared the political representation of historical minorities such as the Sami of Sweden and the Circassian of Turkey with Muslim mobilisations in Western Europe (France, UK and Denmark). Presenters highlighted the specificity of each claim (based on culture, self-determination, freedom of speech or anti-discrimination) and sought to evaluate the level of acceptance of diversity in each of these countries’ political life, with the objective to chart the state of minority claims in an extended Europe.

Chair: Jon Fox

Discussant: Jon Fox

The ‘Muslim Vote’ in 2010. Misrecognition and Political Agency


Jan Dobbernack, University of Lincoln


Muslim Mobilisation in France and the Concept of Laïcité


Angéline Escafré-Dublet, CERI Sciences Po



The Swedish Sámi Parliament: A Challenged Recognition?

Andreas Gottardis, Stockholm University; Ulf Mörkenstam, Stockholm University


Winning ground through transnationalization of cultural-political claims: Circassian Diaspora in Turkey


Ayhan Kaya, Istanbul Bilgi University


Negotiating Limits of Tolerance in Denmark: The Case of Public Meetings arranged by ‘Radical’ Muslim Actors


Lasse Lindekilde, Aarhus University


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Prof. Anna Triandafyllidou,
Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (European University Institute)

Funded by: the European Commission under the Seventh Framework Programme, Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities

Duration: 1 March 2010-31 May 2013

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