The Politics of Naturalization in Europe, Asia, and North America
Introduction and Panel 1. Europe
Panel 2. North America
Panel 3. Asia
UC San Diego. May 20, 2011.
The Weaver Conference Center.
How do liberal states make immigrants into nationals? For some observers, a postnational future beckons in which universal rights of personhood strip national identity of its relevance for claiming the rights of citizenship. According to others, transnational migrants can pick and choose their affiliations to multiple polities. For still others, differences between liberal states are becoming obsolete either because official multiculturalism renders the idea of national core cultures illegitimate or the universalistic qualities of liberalism strips states of their national distinction. Even among scholars of nationality and citizenship, the issue of making national difference is often elided by a focus on those features of nationality law that are converging across liberal states.
To what extent is there a convergence in naturalization policies among liberal states that receive large numbers of immigrants? What explains the variation or convergence?
The Center for Comparative Immigration Studies at the University of California, San Diego, will host a conference to assess these questions on Friday, May 20, 2011. Funding is provided by a UCSD International, Comparative, and Area Studies (IIACAS) and Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) International Collaborative Research grant.
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“The Politics of Naturalization in Europe, Asia, and North America”
May 20, 2011 at CCIS
COFFEE AND WELCOME
David FitzGerald, UC San Diego
PANEL 1: EUROPE
Maarten Vink, Universiteit Maastricht, on national variation in the EU
Sara Wallace Goodman, UC Irvine, on citizenship tests in the EU
Alberto Martín-Pérez, University of Barcelona
Discussant: Jon Fox, University of Bristol
PANEL 2: NORTH AMERICA
Hiroshi Motomura, UCLA, on the U.S. case
Catherine Dauvergne, University of British Columbia, on the Canadian case
Discussant: Irene Bloemraad, UC Berkeley
PANEL 3: ASIA
Kamal Sadiq, UC Irvine
John Skrentny and Gary Lee, UC San Diego
Discussant: Mara Loveman, University of Wisconsin