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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