The Prospects for Multicultural Citizenship

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The Global Centre for Pluralism held a very interesting dialogue on multiculturalism called Retreat or Advance? Reframing Europe’s “Multiculturalism” Debates (April 4, 2012).

As we can read in the GCP website,

Multiculturalism is dead. Multiculturalism has failed. Or so many European leaders and pundits declare.  And yet in other places – notably Canada and Australia – support for multiculturalism policies remains high. What accounts for this apparent gap?  Is European diversity policy really in retreat, or is another approach emerging? Where are the dividing lines?  Or is there a growing transatlantic convergence?

On April 4, 2012, over 120 guests joined the Global Centre for Pluralism in Ottawa for its first Pluralism Forum, a new series of moderated dialogues and debates with leading international authorities on the policies and practices that support pluralism.

One of the panelist was Will Kymlicka, member of the Expert Advisory Panel of The Shared Societies Project. Dr. Kymlicka is the Canada Research Chair in Political Philosophy in the Philosophy Department at Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada.

Here you can find his paper for this forum called “Prospects for Multicultural Citizenship. Five pages worth reading!

Will Kymlicka


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