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CfP: Non-universal franchise? Eligibility and access to voting rights in transnational contexts, European University Institute, Florence (Italy), 3 April 2017

It is a standard view in democratic theory that the removal of class, gender, racist and religious barriers results in universal franchise as a core normative principle of consolidated democracies. However, the universal nature of the franchise is never settled for good and remains a contested feature both in practical and theoretical terms. 

Papers are hereby invited for a one-day conference on these topics, to be hosted by the Global Citizenship Observatory (GLOBALCIT),  and to be held on the premises of the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence on Monday, 3 April 2017.

Papers should connect to the central topic of the conference, with a focus on eligibility to electoral rights, access to the ballot, or both.  In order to achieve thematic coherence, the workshop will not focus on socio-demographic explanations for electoral turnout but on institutional rules and obstacles.

We invite comparative and theoretical papers from political science or normative political theory perspectives. 

To submit a paper proposal, please submit the following, in the order listed below, all in a single Microsoft word file document, by Thursday, 26 January 2017. 

1. Applicant’s name, job title, affiliation, and contact information.

2. Paper title and abstract of no more than 250 words.

Please email complete applications to derek.hutcheson@mah.se

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CfP: Workshop on Citizenship, Migration and Development, Maastricht University, MACIMIDE, 10 April 2017

The Maastricht Centre for Citizenship, Migration and Development (MACIMIDE) of Maastricht University invites submissions for its Workshop on Citizenship, Migration and Development. The workshops will be organised in four panels along the major MACIMIDE research themes: Citizenship and Immigrant Integration; Cross-border Mobility; Migration and Development; and Transnational families. We welcome papers in all these areas, including cross-thematic and interdisciplinary papers.

If you are interested, please send us an abstract of no more than 300 words, in Word format and specifying the title of the paper, your contact detail (including affiliation), and the thematic panel for which your paper should be considered. Abstracts should be submitted to macimide@maastrichtuniversity.nl by 15 November 2016.

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CfP: Workshop ‘Advances in the Comparative Study of Emigrant Policies’, GIGA Hamburg, 28 November 2016

The literature on transnationalism has shown that emigrants maintain economic, social, and political ties with their country of origin. However, only lately have political scientists begun to research the role of the state as a creator and regulator of those ties.

The existing literature on the myriad policies through which sending states target their citizens abroad –"emigrant policies" or “diaspora engagement policies”– has so far remained largely confined to either case studies or to specific subissues, such as external voting rights.

The workshop will address three questions: What are the lessons to be learned from the measurement of immigration and immigrant policies to better compare emigrant policies? What are the variations across countries in regards to their linkages with the diaspora? Which theoretical approaches help us understand and explain the different state policies?

Proposals should not exceed 250 words and must include the name of the authors, institutional affiliation, title of the paper and abstract. They should be sent to pau.palop@giga-hamburg.de, before 7 October 2016.

Selected participants will be informed by Oct. 12th.

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Conference on the Integration of Migrants and Refugees, European University Institute, 29-30 September 2016

The Conference on the Integration of Migrants and Refugees is organised within the framework of the EUI Forum on Migration, Citizenship and Demography. The Forum provides a space to reflect on the issues emanating from the contemporary mass movements of refugees and migrants. Motivated by recent developments in Europe, the forum seeks to bring together academics, experts, stakeholders and practitioners both at the EUI and beyond in order to explore – and draw practical lessons from – unique new challenges that these developments pose for both Europe and the world. Beyond the immediate crisis, the Forum will concentrate on far-reaching impact in three domains: (1) demography, (2) integration management, and (3) the repercussions for Europe’s fundamental premises.

Keynote lectures include:

No lost generation: Education for refugee children. A comparison between Sweden, Germany, The Netherlands and Turkey, Maurice Crul, Elif Keskiner, Jens Schneider, Frans Lelie and Safoura Ghaeminia

Citizenship and Legal Statuses, Maarten Peter Vink

Integration and culture: From 'communicative competence' to 'competence of plurality', Ruth Wodak


Download the conference programme and the thematic outline.



Farewell seminar on ”Future of nationality law” noted by Prof. Gerard–René de Groot, Maastricht University 13-14 October 2016

From 13 to 14 October Prof. Dr. Gerard–René de Groot will host his farewell  seminar on the ”Future of nationality law” at Maastricht University. In this seminar specialists in the field of nationality law will discuss how academia and civil society can best collaborate in the fight to eradicate statelessness.

See the programme of the seminar here.



Call for papers: The political citizenship of emigrants - a panel organised by Jean-Michel Lafleur and Luicy Pedroza at the ECPR general conference in Glasgow (3-6 September 2014).

In this panel we invite papers that explore why and how states extend citizen rights to their emigrants and under which regulations. We are interested in discussing whether policies directed toward the political engagement of emigrants in/with/towards /the countries of origin/ follow discernible models, and, if so, what understandings of citizenship are delineated by those models. Furthermore, we welcome papers that deepen our knowledge about the actual transnational connections and political dynamics between emigrants and homeland actors in proposing, encouraging, implementing and deepening these policies. We are keen on hearing about innovative theoretical developments to understand and explain the establishment and maintenance of political connections between emigrants and their countries of origin, but we are also looking forward to receive papers with rather empirical approximations to the topic (both through comparative exercises and case studies).

Please send your paper proposals to luicy.pedroza@giga-hamburg.de or lpedroza@zedat.fu-berlin.de by 27 January 2014.



Call for Papers for the citizenship related panels at the 5th ECPR Graduate Student Conference 2014, Innsbruck University (3-5 July 2014)

Citizenship and identity in Europe

A panel organised by Daniela Vintila (Spanish National Research Council) and Marta Paradés (Autonomous University of Madrid)

Abstract: Citizenship represents, without any doubt, one of the most controversial concepts in political science. A key dimension of this notion is related to individuals’ identification with the political community. This panel seeks to address different implications of citizenship and identity in both civic and affective terms, to highlight the potential relation between these two concepts particularly in the context of the European Union and to question the extent to which the recent economic and political crisis challenges citizens’ sense of belonging towards the polity. The panel welcomes papers of quantitative or qualitative nature. Comparative studies are especially encouraged.

The deadline for submitting a 150 word abstract is 18 January, sending an e-mail to Daniela Vintila and/or Marta Paradés.



Multicultural Challenges for Contemporary Citizenship

A panel organised by Adam Fusco and Jelena Loncar.

In recent years issues of cultural, national, and political identity have  become central to the conduct of politics. With increasing political and economic turmoil in Europe, concerns about immigration, secession, and integration have again come to the fore to pose what can be broadly understood as ‘Multicultural Challenges for Contemporary Citizenship’. 

This conference section seeks to probe these challenges for a normative understanding of citizenship, as being a citizen of a particular state inevitably shapes individual’s lives in ways that are sometimes beyond their  control. This ties these multicultural concerns directly to the nature of democratic conduct within the state. There is an academic need therefore to theorise the issues that surround these challenges to citizenship to understand where the proper place of inquiry should be, to have conceptual clarity with the concepts we need to deal with, and empirically to understand these processes through comparative approaches and case studies.

This section would therefore like to encourage submissions and organise panels on the following areas:

First, definitions of citizenship, to understand if citizenship is inevitably an ideal that has to be tied to states or if can be an ideal that can function above and below political boundaries. The section also seeks to examine challenges to the contemporary liberal understanding of citizenship, which is the dominant way of thinking about what individuals are owed, and have to do as a citizen of a particular state. This  section therefore would also be interested in submissions on the advantages on different notions of citizenship, for different political problems.

Second, identity politics, to understand the context of these new challenges through phenomenon such as globalization, ethnic conflict, political violence, European integration/disintegration, and mass migration, to see how they change identities and if they have a normative impact upon our notion of citizenship. Related to this the section would welcome empirical papers examining the effects of these challenges on identities and group relations. Normativelly, the section also seeks to investigate what notion of togetherness is essential for a successfully functioning ideal of citizenship, and therefore would encourage submissions on theoretical treatments on multicultural differentiation, nationalism, patriotism, and constitutional and cosmopolitan identity.

Third, self-determination, to understand how citizenship disintegrates and evolves, under multicultural pressures. The section would encourage submissions on normative treatments of self-determination, on which values, identity, agency, democracy, consent, justice, make the best affirmative case for its ideal. Related to this the section would also encourage submissions on the theory of secession, federalism, devolution, consociationalism, territory, and international law, to probe the institutional questions of self-determination.

Fourth, minority representation, to understand the differences between immigrants, national minorities, indigenous peoples, in comparison to other social groups, and to ask what types of representation are most appropriate to allow them the full exercise of citizenship. The section is therefore interested in the normative and practical differences in rights based and democratic approaches to the issue of minority representation. The section especially enocurages papers on the effects of minority representation for minority empowerment vs. minority protection.

Submission guidelines: You can propose a Panel including 3 – 5 Papers or propose individual Papers. Abstracts for panel proposals should be no more than 300 words long and for paper proposals no more than 150 words. The deadline for the submission of abstracts is 20 January 2014. Proposals should be submitted through the conference website following the guidelines here.

For any further information please contact the section chairs Adam Fusco (avf502@york.ac.uk) or Jelena Loncar (jl1406@york.ac.uk).