Executive Summary of the Research Networking Programme RECODE

The Programme took the concept of complex diversity as its point of departure for analysing the emergence of a new configuration of social conflict – related to the processes of transnationalisation, migration, religious mobilisation, and cultural differentiation – in Europe and Canada. During its running period from June 2010 to November 2014, the Programme brought together a network of leading scholars from both sides of the Atlantic to accomplish its original objectives and to become the template for a series of activities devoted to fleshing out the impact of complex diversity in the four issue areas that were to be examined in- depth, namely 1) linguistic diversity, 2) de-territorialised diversity, 3) religious diversity, and 4) diversity and redistribution. The corresponding thematic sections of the RECODE project organised nine workshops and one doctoral school which focussed on the societal challenges and the institutional responses related to complex diversity from a Euro-Canadian perspective. Parallel to these activities, RECODE produced a collection of working papers which are available online from the Programme’s website [www.recode.info]. In addition, a series of books will be published between 2015 and 2017 to offer a comprehensive overview of the research done in the context of the four work teams.

Section 1 (‘Linguistic diversity’) has produced a systematic assessment of the impact of complex diversity on language politics and language policies. This assessment has both diachronic and synchronic comparative dimensions, and special attention has been paid how the legacies of the old interact with the challenges of the new in the realm of the politics of language. The research under section 2 (‘De-territorialised diversity’) has been particularly concerned with the boundary-transcending character of complex diversity, which entails increasingly globalised, or at least less territorially confined and delimited, patterns of identity politics. Identity politics have thus become more ambiguous in terms of defining in-groups and out-groups. Section 3 (‘Religions and the public sphere’) has explored how, in complex societies, religion has unbound itself from many of its traditional functions yet the management of religious diversity continues to demand specific policies from the state. The section has concentrated on three thematic strands: narratives of secularism, the governance of religion, and the accommodation of religious diversity. Section 4 (‘Solidarity beyond the nation state’) has analysed how the politics of the welfare state has been reshaped by complex diversity, focussing on the challenges facing western democracies when it comes to maintaining and strengthening the bonds of community in ethnically diverse societies, and exploring possible ways to reconcile growing levels of multicultural diversity and the sense of a common identity that underpins a generous welfare state.

The Programme has made an original and innovative contribution to understanding how the formation and articulation of new identities, which are connected with processes such as Europeanisation and transnationalisation, is changing the cleavage structures that were characteristic of modern politics and thereby altering the dynamic of democratic integration in Europe and Canada. In the context of the transition from ‘simple’ to ‘complex’ diversity, diversity can only be grasped properly if we conceive of it as a fluid and multidimensional phenomenon. Complex diversity thus reflects the interplay of the effects of new forms of transnational mobility with established local, regional, and national patterns of social differentiation.

The Programme has created an extensive and vibrating network for scholarly exchange on complex diversity both across Europe and between Europe and Canada. RECODE workshops and conferences were hosted by academic institutions from 10 European countries and from Canada. Around 150 senior and junior scholars, representing a broad range of disciplines and academic backgrounds, were involved in RECODE events. In the coming years, the research paths opened by RECODE will be continued in several collaborative international projects.

23/10/2014 – RECODE Final Conference ‘Responding to Complex Diversity in Europe and Canada: Balance and Perspectives’

RECODE Final Conference ‘Responding to Complex Diversity in Europe and Canada: Balance and Perspectives’

University of Augsburg, 23–25 October 2014

The final conference of the RECODE network will present and discuss new contributions to studying socio-cultural diversity and the political challenges it entails. It will offer a critical balance of the scientific activities realized under the umbrella of the RECODE network over the past four years. The conference will not only give an overview of the work done in the four RECODE thematic sections, but also address the interconnections in this work in order to substantiate the analytic potential complex diversity has for understanding ongoing transformations on both sides of the North Atlantic area. The key question the workshop will address is the transition from the ‘simple’ diversity of high modernity to the ‘complex’ diversity of present times.

The final RECODE event will have two main parts. The first, opening part of the event (23 October 2014) will integrate two keynote lectures and a panel debate focusing on the topic ‘Complex diversity and its politics: towards a new research agenda’. The main purpose of this public event is to present the views of two scholars with a pioneering record in the debate on ethnic relations and multiculturalism, and to contrast these views with approaches to studying diversity adopted in the context of RECODE.


Poster RECODE Conference Panel and Flyer RECODE Conference Panel

Thursday, 23 October 2014 – Public event: Keynote lectures and panel discussion
Venue: Rokokosaal der Regierung von Schwaben, Fronhof 10, 86152 Augsburg

This is a free event with advance registration required. Registration with claudia.gloeckner@phil.uni-augsburg.de

Time Activity Participant
17.00 Welcome and opening remarks Sabine Doering-Manteuffel (President of the University of Augsburg):

Welcoming words

Peter A. Kraus (University of Augsburg): Introduction
17.15 Keynote lectures Gérard Bouchard (Université du Québec à Chicoutimi):Research on Ethnic Diversity: Toward a Majority Moment ?
Tariq Modood (University of Bristol):Equality and Group Identity Revisited
18.30 Panel debate Chair Peter A. Kraus
Discussants Rainer Bauböck (European University Institute)
Riva Kastoryano (CNRS-CERI-Sciences Po)
Guy Laforest (Université Laval)
Birte Siim (Aalborg University)
20.00 –

Gérard Bouchard (sociology, history / Université du Québec à Chicoutimi) will address the ‘majority moment’ in diversity politics, arguing that the focus of research on ethnic diversity should be substantially enlarged and include majority cultures as a topic of analysis in and of itself. Tariq Modood (politics, sociology / University of Bristol) will revisit equality and group identity, making a plea for transcending the dichotomy between ‘identities constructed from the inside’ and ‘identities constructed from the outside’ within a normative framework that concentrates on groups fighting outsider perceptions by boosting insider identifications.

Gérard Bouchard and Tariq Modood were not directly involved with the activities of the RECODE program thus far. The issues raised in their lectures will be discussed by a panel composed of scholars who have been associated in different ways with the RECODE project over the past five years. Bouchard and Modood will have the opportunity to respond to the panelists before the floor is opened to the general public.

The second part of the event (24‒25 October 2014) will principally be devoted to the workshop ‘From simple to complex diversity: balance and perspectives’. The workshop’s purpose is to offer a first comprehensive and critical balance of the scientific activities realized under the umbrella of the RECODE network over the past four years. Participation in the workshop is limited to RECODE Steering Committee members and invited guests. The workshop should not only give an overview of the outcomes of the RECODE thematic sections, but also address the dynamics of changes and possible interconnections between them. The key question that the workshop will address is the transition from the ‘simple’ diversity of high modernity to the ‘complex’ diversity of present times.

Friday, 24 October 2014 – Workshop: From “Simple” to “Complex” Diversity: Balance and Perspectives

Venue: Senatssaal, Universität Augsburg, Universitätsstr. 2
Time Activity Participant
09.00 –


Section session on linguistic diversity RECODE Speakers:

Peter A. Kraus (University of Augsburg)

François Grin (Université de Genève)

“Complex Diversity and the New Politics of Linguistic Identity”

External Speaker:

Stefan Oeter (University of Hamburg)

“‘Complex’ Linguistic Diversity in a Legal Perspective”


Johanne Poirier (Université Libre de Bruxelles)

11.15 –


Section session on religious diversity RECODE Speakers:

Gianni D’Amato (University of Neuchâtel)

Francisco Colom González (Spanish National Research Council)

“Multireligious Society: Managing Religious Diversity in Theory and Practice”

External Speaker:

Ines Michalowski (Berlin Social Science Center)

“Accommodating Islam in the Military – Opening up to Religious Diversity?”


João Cardoso Rosas (University of Minho)

14.00 –


Section session on  diversity and redistribution

RECODE Speakers:

Keith Banting (Queen’s University)

“The Strains of Commitment: The Political Sources of Solidarity”

Birte Siim (Aalborg University)

“Is Solidarity Beyond the Nation State Possible and Desirable?”

External Speaker:

Birgit Sauer (University of Vienna)

“Intersectionality vs. Solidarity – Complex Tensions in West European Countries”


Rainer Bauböck (European University Institute)

16.15 –


Section session on

de-territorialised diversity


John Erik Fossum (University of Oslo)

“Diversity and Contestations over Nationalism in Europe and Canada”

External Speaker:

Hans-Jörg Trenz (University of Copenhagen)

“Media Spaces or Media Spheres? De-territorialisation and Re-territorialisation in the Age of Online Communication”


Guy Laforest (Université Laval)

18.00 –


Final comments Marcus Llanque (University of Augsburg)

Reiner Keller (University of Augsburg)

Saturday, 25 October 2014 – Concluding Discussion and Steering Committee Meeting
Time Activity Participant
09.00 –


Concluding discussion

across sections

Section representatives
10.30 –


Steering Committee meeting Steering Committee members

The workshop is divided into four sessions, each of these focusing respectively on one of the program’s thematic core sections, i.e. religion, language, welfare, and de-territorialization. The format of the sessions is based on confronting a contribution of a RECODE-associate with the contribution of a non-RECODE speaker. The papers presented in the workshop can either apply a general focus on the work done by a section or address a particular topic, which is considered to be of special relevance for tackling the section’s scientific objectives. The papers are expected to have a complementary character and to offer a critical approach to the work done by the RECODE sections.

Both the opening event and the workshop shall contribute to an assessment of how successful RECODE has been in coming to grips with the phenomenon of complex diversity, in analyzing this phenomenon in productive and innovative ways, and in combining European and Canadian approaches in the endeavor to grasp a new constellation, in which a variety of social, political and cultural cleavages overlap and compete for political legitimacy at national, supranational and transnational levels.

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19/06/2014 – RECODE Workshop #7 – The politics of multilingualism: linguistic governance, globalisation and Europeanisation

The politics of multilingualism: linguistic governance, globalisation and Europeanisation

Université de Genève, 19‒20 June 2014

Convenors: François Grin (Geneva, Switzerland), Peter A. Kraus (Augsburg, Germany)

One of the principal consequences of the socio-cultural and socio-political transformations which we label with terms such as globalisation and Europeanisation is a substantial alteration of the functions of different languages and their position with respect to one another. These effects are making themselves felt not only at a global scale and in regional arenas, but also at the national scale of state-level language policies, and at the local level of linguistic practices in multicultural neighborhoods. This raises unprecedented challenges for contemporary societies, which have to engage these more varied and pervasive manifestations of diversity. Meeting these societal challenges calls for the development of institutional responses that take account of the new politics of language and multilingualism. Although there is an abundance of literature on multilingualism and diversity in the modern world (particularly in contemporary Europe), relatively little has been done towards elaborating an integrative view that identifies the key social and political dimensions at hand, and proposes a systematic approach to policy development on this basis. In this workshop, we attempt to do precisely that, by charting some of this little-known terrain, emphasizing the need to be simultaneously relevant at the international, national and local levels.

The issues at hand are exceedingly vast, and the workshop, as well as the book publication envisaged on the basis of the workshop, is viewed as an initial step in what must develop into a long-term endeavour, accompanying projects variously supported by the European Science Foundation, the European Commission, or other funding bodies. For this initial step, we have identified three main topics:

·         Multilingualism and identity-building (complex diversity, new forms of multilingualism, bottom-up dynamics vis-à-vis Europeanization and globalization)

·         Emerging patterns of “global linguistic governance” (institutional responses to the tendencies described in the previous section, top-down dynamics, formal models combining bottom-up and top-down elements)

·         Linguistic hegemony, linguistic insecurity and linguistic justice (issues of power and domination involved with current practices of linguistic governance, normative implications)


The politics of multilingualism

Thursday, 19 June 2014

9.00 – 9.30

Welcome and introduction

•           Peter A. Kraus (Augsburg), François Grin (Geneva)


Multilingualism and identity-building

•          Virginie Mamadouh (Amsterdam), “Transient Linguistic Landscapes of Activism: Protesting against Austerity Policies in the Eurozone”

•          Linda Cardinal (Ottawa), “The state of multilingualism in Canada and its impact on language policy developments”

•           Rudi Janssens (Brussels), “The impact of mobility and migration on the identity-constructing policy in Brussels”

Discussant: Pasi Saukkonen (Helsinki)

General discussion


14.00 – 17.30

Multilingualism and identity-building (cont.)

•           Astrid von Busekist (Paris), “Bowling together. Some thoughts on a new lingua franca.”

•           Konstantin Zamyatin (Helsinki), “Russian language status planning and nation-building”

•           Peter A. Kraus (Augsburg), “From glossophagic hegemony to multilingual pluralism? Re-assessing the politics of linguistic identity in Europe”

•           László Marácz (Amsterdam), “Towards norm-driven linguistic diversity management in the context of globalization”

Discussant: André Liebich (Geneva)

General discussion

Friday, 20 June 2014

9.00 – 12.00

Emerging patterns of “global linguistic governance”

•           Robert Phillipson (Copenhagen), “English, the lingua nullius of global hegemony”

•           François Grin (Geneva), “Fashionable sociolinguistic constructs: Some implications for politics and policy”

•           Thomas Ricento (Calgary), “The Promise and the Pitfalls of Global English”

Discussant: Nenad Stojanović (Zurich)

General discussion


13.30 – 16.30

Linguistic hegemony, linguistic insecurity and linguistic justice

•          Helder de Schutter (Leuven), “Cosmopolitan Ownership of English”

•          Glyn Morgan (Syracuse/Turin), “English as Europe’s Lingua Franca: A Liberal-Democratic Perspective”

•         Federico Gobbo (Amsterdam/Turin), “Is the Calvet Language Barometer useful to measure linguistic justice?”

Discussant: Jean-Claude Barbier (Paris)

Concluding commentaries and further planning

A workshop sponsored by the ESF Research Networking Program RECODE
and the MIME (Mobility and Inclusion in a Multilingual Europe)-Project

20/02/2014 – RECODE Workshop #6 – The Strains of Commitment: The Political Sources of Solidarity in Diverse Societies

The Strains of Commitment: The Political Sources of Solidarity in Diverse Societies

European University Institute (EUI), Fiesole, Italy – February 20th-22th, 2014

Convenors: Keith Banting & Will Kymlicka (Queens University, Canada), Anna Triandafyllidou (EUI, Italy)

This project analyzes the political sources of solidarity in ethnically and religiously diverse societies, paying particular attention to two factors: conceptions of political community, and state policies related to diversity and integration. These issues have been the subject of a lively debate among normative political theorists, but few empirical analysts have engaged with their ideas. This project brings these two groups together to analyze the political underpinning of solidarity in diverse societies.


Thursday, 20 February 2014



  • Keith Banting / Will Kymlicka, “The Strains of Commitment”

The Political Theory of Solidarity

  • Bonnie Honig, “Demos, shared objects of political life, and solidarity”
  • Jacob Levy, “Against fraternity: Democracy without solidarity”
  • David Miller, “Solidarity and its sources”


The Politics of Diversity and Solidarity

  • Peter Hall, “The Politics of Diversity in Historical Context”
  • Rainer Bauböck, “National Identity and European Solidarity”
  • Bo Rothstein, “Diversity, the Quality of Governance and Solidarity”


Friday, 21 February 2014

Public Attitudes on Diversity and Solidarity

  • Wim van Oorschot /Tom Reeskens, “Popular opinions on the citizenship rights of newcomers in Europe”
  • Marc Helbling / Celine Teney, “Elite versus public attitudes to diversity and solidarity in Germany”
  • R. Johnston/ S. Soroka / J. Citrin / M. Wright, “Diversity and solidarity: new evidence from Canada and the US”


The Politics of Diversity and Solidarity: country cases

  • Karen Borevi, “Diversity and Solidarity in Sweden and Denmark”
  • Edward Koning, “Identity, Solidarity, Nation-building: the Year 2002 in Dutch Politics”
  • Patrick Loobuyck / David Sinardet, “Belgium: Solidarity within and across communities”

Concluding Commentaries

  • Joakim Palme
  • Philippe van Parijs

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European-Canadian Research Meeting: Responding to Complex Diversity in Europe and Canada – Future Research Directions

More information here.

The workshop entitled “Responding to Complex Diversity in Europe and Canada: future research directions” will be held at Université de Montréal on 12-13 September 2013.  The purpose of this workshop is to take stock of recent research on the issues of complex diversity in Europe and Canada, to identify future research directions, and to explore possibilities for new research collaborations in the years to come.

The workshop builds on RECODE’s work on complex diversity. This interdisciplinary, comparative research program is exploring to what extent the processes of transnationalization, migration, religious mobilization and cultural differentiation entail a new configuration of social conflict in post-industrial societies. Such a possible new constellation we label complex diversity. The leading idea is that such diversity is developing at a global level, but particularly in European-style societies, where social entitlements, supranational policies and cultural diversity enjoy a considerable, but often contradictory degree of legitimacy. In this perspective, Canada offers some interesting similarities and contrasts with Europe.

RECODE brings together scholars from across Europe and Canada to identify the cleavages and normative issues that this new constellation raises on both sides of the Atlantic, and to develop expertise in the institutions, public policies and cultural resources that can respond to them. The thematic focus of the program covers the areas of linguistic diversity and political communication, religious pluralism, transnationalism and, finally, multiculturalism and welfare state policies.

The RECODE Research Networking Program started in June 2010 and will run through November 2014. The purpose of this workshop is to reflect on recent research developments, identify future agendas for research in this field and to explore the options for future collaborations in the period after RECODE itself completes its mandate. Accordingly, the workshop will be kept reasonably small, and will bring together research leaders in the RECODE network and in Canada.

The workshop is also sponsored by The Canada-Europe Transatlantic Dialogue (CETD) at the Université de Montréal. CETD was formed in 2007 with support from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. It is designed not only to strengthen Canada’s research capacity on Europe and to nurture knowledge networks between Europe and Canada, but, more importantly, to look at Europe through Canadian eyes, zeroing in on those issues which have relevance for our own society.

More information here.

RECODE Summer School 2013

The Challenge of Complex Diversity: Theoretical and Empirical Perspectives from Europe and Canada

RECODE Summer School,

University College Dublin, 10th to 14thJune 2013

Recode Summer School PosterApplications are invited from doctoral research students to participate in a week-long summer school organized by the RECODE research networking programme, funded by the European Science Foundation, and hosted by the Humanities Institute, University College Dublin, from 10thto 14thJune 2013. Successful applicants will receive an award covering travel costs and accommodation.

RECODE, an interdisciplinary, comparative research programme, aims to explore to what extent the processes of transnationalisation, migration, religious mobilisation and cultural differentiation entail a new configuration of social conflict in post-industrial societies (see http://www.recode.fi/). The summer school will examine the challenge of complex diversity, through theoretical and empirical perspectives from Europe and Canada. The week long programme will consist of lectures and seminars on the following four thematic areas covered by the RECODE network: (1) Linguistic diversity; (2) De-territorialized diversity; (3) Religious diversity; (4) Solidarity beyond the nation-state.

Participating lecturers and seminar leaders include Gianni D’Amato (University of Neuchâtel), Rainer Bauböck (EUI, Florence), Anette Borchorst (Aalborg University), Susanne Brauer (Paulus-Akademie Zürich), Linda Cardinal (University of Ottawa), John Erik Fossum (University of Oslo), Alain Gagnon (UQAM), François Grin (University of Geneva), Riva Kastoryano (CNRS-CERI-Sciences Po, Paris), Peter A. Kraus (University of Augsburg), Jocelyn Maclure (Laval University), Michel Seymour (U. Montréal), Birte Siim (Aalborg University).


Summer School Programme

Monday 10th June:

Morning Session – 9.30-13.00:

9.30: Opening remarks

10.00-11.00: Plenary Lecture

Rainer Bauböck “It’s all political, stupid! Why and how cultural difference matters for democracy”

—- 11.00-11.30: Coffee break —–

11.30-12.30: Plenary Lecture

Michel Seymour “Political Liberalism and the Recognition of Peoples”

12.30-13.00: Panel discussion

—-13.00-14.00: Lunch —-

14.00-16.00: Plenary Session – Introductions by students

—- 16.00: Opening reception —-

Tuesday 11th June: Religious Diversity

Morning Session – 9.30-13.00:

9.30-10.30: Lecture and discussion

Susanne Brauer “The role of religious beliefs in clinical practice: ethical considerations”

10.30-11.30: Lecture and discussion

Jocelyn Maclure “Religious Accommodations and Fairness”

—- 11.30-12.00: Coffee Break —-

12.00-13.00: Lecture and Discussion

Gianni D’Amato “(Religious) Diversities and the Judiciary”

—-13.00-14.00: Lunch —-

14.00-16.30: Group workshop and student presentations led by Gianni D’Amato, Susanne Brauer, and Jocelyn Maclure.

Wednesday 12th June: Linguistic Diversity

Morning Session – 9.30-13.00:

9.30-10.30: Introduction to topic

Peter Kraus: Complex Diversity and Language Politics

Margaret Kelleher: Historical and Contemporary Language Issues in Ireland

10.30-11.30: Lecture and discussion

Linda Cardinal “Language Regimes and State Traditions”

—- 11.30-12.00: Coffee Break —-

12.00-13.00: Lecture and discussion

François Grin “Economic Approaches to the Valuation of Language Policy Strategies”

13.00-13.30: Concluding discussion

—-13.30-14.30: Lunch —-

14.30-16.30: Group workshop and student presentations led by Peter Kraus, François Grin, and Linda Cardinal.

Thursday 13th June: De-Territorialized Diversity

Morning Session – 9.30-13.00:

9.30-10.30: Introduction to topic

Riva Kastoryano

10.30-11.30: Lecture and discussion

Alain G. Gagnon: Rooted Cosmopolitanism as a by-product of Liberal Nationalism

—- 11.30-12.00: Coffee Break —-

12.00-13.00: Lecture and discussion

John Erik Fossum: Cosmopolitanisation in the EU and Canada?

—- 13.00-14.00: Lunch —-

14.00-16.30: Group workshops and student presentations led by John Erik Fossum, Riva Kastoryano, Alain Gagnon, Birte Siim, Anette Borchorst and Edward Koning

Friday 14th June: Solidarity Beyond the Nation State

Morning Session – 9.00-12.30:

9.00-11.00: Lectures and discussion

Birte Siim Trans-national Challenges to Democracy, Citizenship and Multiculturalism”

Edward Koning The politics of immigrants’ social rights in Western welfare states”

—-11.00-11.30: Coffee Break —-

11.30-12.30: Lecture and discussion

Anette Borchorst: “Immigration, Europeanization, and Solidarity”

—-12.30-13.30: Lunch —-

13.30-15.00: Closing Plenary.

Summer school ends at 15.00.

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Description of thematic sessions

Day 1:Introductory

Day 2 Religious diversity:Religion has lost its role as a fundamental reference in Western societies, but it has not given way to completely secularized forms of subjectification. It continues to be in a post-secular setting a relevant social force that pervades the public, private and intimate realms. Therefore, the session will address the following themes: How to interpret secularism and laicité in post-secular societies? What is the role and option of religion in public space? Which ethical and legal parameters should be taken accountable in religious plural societies?  What are workable public policies for religious co-existence?

Day 3 Linguistic diversity: The session will be devoted to assessing the impact of linguistic diversity and multilingualism on society and politics in Europe and Canada from a multi- and trans-disciplinary perspective. It will address the following themes: (a) language and identity-formation under conditions of complex diversity; (b) language, immigration, and integration; (c) multilingualism and democracy; (d) political communication in transnational contexts; (e) linguistic justice.

Day 4 De-territorialized diversity: Politics has traditionally been conceptualized and organized along territorial lines. Today, however, the confluence of globalization, cosmopolitanisation and Europeanisation have given new impetus to the development of transnational communities. The session will address the following questions: What is meant by transnational communities? How salient are they in today’s EU and Canada? What is the relationship between transnationalism, nationalism and cosmopolitanism? Is cosmopolitanism the way forward?

Day 5 Solidarity beyond the welfare state: The session will address multicultural politics within and beyond welfare states focusing on the following themes:(a) the changing politics of diversity and belonging;(b) old and new forms of diversities and inequalities; (c) the boundaries of solidarity during the economic crisis.


Applications can be accepted only if they satisfythe two following criteria:

  • Applicants must be currently registered with an institution of higher education and/or research in the RECODE membership countries (Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland).
  • Applicants must be currently registered PhD students in disciplines and fields of interest relevant to the themes of the school and RECODE network.

Documentation requested from applicants

All application material must be submitted in pdf format to recode2013@ucd.ie for the attention of Professor Margaret Kelleher, RECODE Irish representative, by 31 March 2013.

  • Letter of application (max 500 words) detailing a) your institutional affiliation, b) nature and length of programme for which you are registered, c) subject of research project, and explaining how you will benefit from the workshop.
  • A short essay (max 500 words) addressing directly one or more of the themes of the workshop sessions from the perspective of your research project.
  • CV (max. 1000 words).
  • Letter of support from your research supervisor (recommended length: c. 500 words).

NB: Applications exceeding the indicated word restrictions and late applications will not be eligible. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Selection criteria and process

The selection will be carried out by a dedicated panel of reviewers, appointed by the Recode Steering Committee. Decisions will be based on the following criteria:

  • Suitability of student’s subject of study to summer school themes;
  • Quality and originality of the short essay;
  • Thematic balance, i.e. to ensure representation of all four thematic areas;
  • Balanced geographical and gender representation amongst the participants.

Timeline for application and selection

  • 31 March 2013 Deadline for submission of application (pdf format) to recode2013@ucd.ie
  • By end April 2013 Notification of successful applicants

A certificate of participation will be issued to all summer school attendees. Credit allocations will be the responsibility of the student’s own institution.

The ESF award will cover travel costs (economy class), meals and accommodation (5 nights); travel costs will be reimbursed to participants following the event.

CALL FOR RECODE SUMMER SCHOOL 2013 closing date 31 March
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11/04/2013 – RECODE Workshop #5 – Multireligious Society: Accommodating the New Religious Diversity in Post-Secular Settings

Multireligious Society: Accommodating the New Religious Diversity in Post-Secular Settings

Madrid, Spain – April 11th-12th, 2013

Convenors: Francisco Colom González (CSIC, Spain)
Gianni D’Amato (University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland)

Madrid Workshop PosterThe aim of this Section of the RECODE Research Networking Program is to explore the changing relationship between the religious and political spheres in democratic societies. Whereas modernisation has been traditionally conceived as an irrevocable substitution of traditional religious values by secular principles, the fact is that we are facing a profound change in the functional parameters of religion. For centuries, religion was the main instrument of socialization in traditional agrarian societies. Their symbolic universe was shaped by religious references, as were their collective allegiances and their perception of social order and political legitimacy. In modern societies it is the state which exercises, even if in a receding way, this type of cultural hegemony. Religion has historically unbound itself from the normative function of legitimating state authority, but the emergence of new forms of religious diversity continues to demand specific policies from the state. Religion thus has lost its role as a primordial social reference, but it has not given way to completely secularized forms of subjectification. It still counts as a relevant social force that pervades the public, private and personal realms, and it often puts pressure on the role of the state as a neutral public actor. This is what we have defined here as post-secular settings.

In this workshop we will address the social practices, public policies and normative issues involved in the accommodation of the new emerging forms of religious diversity. Special attention will be paid to the management of multiconfessional social spaces. In the first panel we will deal with the accommodation of religion in contemporary urban settings, with the configuration of religious itineraries related to pilgrimage or tourism and with the adaptation of medical, penitentiary and funerary practices to multi-religious conditions. In the second panel we will look at the theoretical and practical implications of the claims for legal autonomy made by certain religious groups. In the last panel we will turn to the dilemmas stemming from the participation of organized religious groups in processes of conflict resolution and in the making of public policy.

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RECODE Madrid Workshop Program


Thursday April 11th – Workshop Day 1

Panel 1 –  Out in public: Religion and the use of social spaces

  • Christof Meier (Integrationsförderung, City of Zürich; Switzerland)
  • Michael Stausberg (Bergen University, Norway)
  • Francisco Díez de Velasco (University of La Laguna, Spain)

Panel 1 –  (Continuation)

  • Armando Salvatore (University of Naples, Italy/Humboldt University, Germany)
  • Ronald George Moore (University College Dublin, Ireland)
  • María del Mar Griera (Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain)
  • Discussant: Valeriano Esteban (National University of Distance Education, Spain)

Panel 2 –  One law for all? The legal self-regulation of religious groups

  • Marie-Claire Foblets (Max Plank Institute of Social Anthropology, Germany)
  • Bertram Turner (Max Plank Institute of Social Anthropology, Germany)
  • Francisco Colom González (National Research Council, Spain)

Panel 2 –  (Continuation)

  • Gianni D’Amato (University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland)
  • Discussant: José María Sauca (Carlos III University, Spain)

Friday April 12th – Workshop Day 2

Panel 3 –  Public policy for religious co-existence

  • Veit Bader (University of Amsterdam, Netherlands)
  • Paul Bramadat (University of Victoria, Canada)
  • Avigail Eisenberg (University of Victoria, Canada)

Panel 3 –  (Continuation)

  • Discussant: João Manuel Cardoso Rosas (University of Minho, Portugal)

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RECODE Workshop #4 – Solidarity Beyond the Nation State: Diversity, (In)Equalities and Crisis

Workshop 4 – October 2012

Solidarity Beyond the Nation State: Diversity, (In)Equalities and Crisis

Time and venue: 11-12. October, 2012. Aalborg University, Denmark.

Convenors: Keith Banting, Queens University, Canada & Birte Siim, Aalborg University, Denmark

Workshop Summary

The objective of the workshop was to address new challenges and problems related to the changes of transnationalism and Europeanization on the one hand and the growth of welfare nationalism, neoliberal and right wing politic on the other hand. One of the main questions was how the socio-economic and political changes are influencing (re)definition of welfare, minority and migration politics. One of the key issues is the reframings of equality and diversity and the challenges involved in constructing welfare policies transcending the dilemma between redistribution and recognition policies from a comparative European and global perspective.

The workshop was organized around three sessions:

1) “Changing Politics of Diversity and Belonging”,

2) “Diversity & Inequalities: Nation State policy responses”, and

3) “Diversity, Transnational Solidarity and the Crisis”.

In the concluding panel debate titled “European Social Policies, Civil Society Actors and the Crisis” the invited speakers addressed the socio-economic and political crisis from a comparative European and global perspective.

Workshop Final Report


Thursday October 11: Day one


9.00 – 9.30

RECODE Programme

9.15: Welcome Birte Siim

Session 1: Changing Politics of Diversity and Belonging

9.30 – 15.45

· Patterns of Diversity & major political parties/projects

· Voters/public attitudes and the media

· Neo-nationalism and Right Wing populism

This panel addresses the changing politics of diversity and belonging at the level of theory and research within and across nation states. One issue concerns patterns of diversity and how major political parties and political projects respond to the new challenges from diversity. What are the relations between anti-diversity positions within the nation states and Euro-scepticism? Another issue concerns voters’/public attitudes towards diversity and explores the role of the media in influencing/framing citizens’ attitudes The third issue concerns the challenge from Neo-nationalism and Right Wing populism, voters and members of populist partier; the growth of Right Wing populism and opposition/challenge to welfare and equality policies within and across nation states.

9.30 – 10.00

Phil Triadafilopoulus, Visiting Professor, Berlin: ”Immigrants Into Conservatives: Immigration Politics in Canada”.

10.30 – 11.00

Hans-Georg Betz, Switzerland: “Still the ‘Master Case?’ The Neo-populist Synthesis of French Radical Right-Wing Discourse under Marine Le Pen”.

11.00 – 11.30

Robert Sata, Central European University, Hungary: “Political Parties in multicultural dialogues: diversity and Europeanization in political discourse”.

11.30 – 12.15

Discussant: Peter Hervik, Co-MID, Aalborg University

LUNCH 12.30 – 13.30

13.30 – 14.00

Gianni D’AMATO, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland: “Migration and the Polarization of Public Debate in Switzerland and Austria”.

14.00 – 14.30

Anniken Hagelund, Institute for Social research, Oslo, Norway: “Immigration and the Nordic welfare state. Good guys and bad guys”.

14.30 – 15.00

Susi Meret, Co-MID, Aalborg University: “Gender and female charismatic leadership in the Nordic right-wing populist parties”.

15.00 – 15.45

Discussant: Anette Borchorst, CCWS, Aalborg University

COFFEE/TEA BREAK: 15.45 – 16.00

Session 2: Diversity & Inequalities: Nation State policy responses

16.00 – 18.00

· Old and new forms of inequalities

· Policies and Discourses on redistribution

· Political activities and identities – mobilisation and claims-making

This panel addresses diversity and inequalities within and across nation states at the level of theory and research. Is there a trade-off between recognition and redistribution and between ethnic diversity and gender equality? One issue focuses on relations between old and new forms of inequalities, I.e. intersections of equality/inequalities according to gender and class with inequalities according to ethnicity/race and religion. The second issue compares policies and discourse of redistribution within the EU and across the nation states The third issue concerns the role of (new) political actors, organisations and identities, I. e. comparing the mobilisation and claims-making of various social and cultural groups.

16.00 – 16.45

Yasmeen Abu-Laban, University of Alberta, Canada: Remaking Canadian Citizenship: The Politics of Recognition, Redistribution and Social History under the Harper Conservatives”.

16.45 – 17.30

Aleksandra Ålund & Carl-Ulrik Schierup, REMESO, Linköping University, Sweden: From Paradoxes of Multiculturalism to Paradoxes of Liberalism”.

17.30 – 18.00

Discussant: Peter Hervik, Co-MID, Aalborg University & Anette Borchorst CCWS, Aalborg University

Friday, October 12: Day two

Session 2 (Continuation): Diversity & Inequalities: Nation State policy responses

9.30 – 10.00

Monika Mokre, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna & Birte Siim, Aalborg University: “Gender and Diversity in an emergent European Public Sphere”.

10.00 – 10.30

Christian Albrekt, CCWS, Aalborg University: “Ethnic Diversity and Social Cohesion: How Mixed Schools Mediates the Negative Relationship”.

10.30 – 11.00

Martin Bak Jørgensen & Trine Lund Thomsen, Co-MID, Aalborg University:” ’Needed but undeserving’ – The social construction of deserving and undeserving migrant groups in Denmark”.

11.00 – 11.45:

Discussant: John Erik Fossum, ARENA, Oslo, Norway.

LUNCH: 12.00 – 13.00

Session 3: European Diversity, Transnational Solidarity and the Crisis

13.00 – 15.00

· Politics of Diversity and Solidarity within the EU

· Responses to the Crisis

· Transnational actors, networks and organisations

This panel addresses the tension between national identities and transnational solidarity, paying particular attention to the contemporary economic crisis. One issue concerns the boundaries of solidarity during the economic crisis. A second issue concerns the interaction between transnational solidarity and solidarity at the domestic level during the economic crisis. Does resistance to solidarity at the transnational level strengthen or weaken solidarity and redistribution at the level of the nation state. A third issue concerns interactions of transnational actors, networks and organisations with EU-institutions; and within civil society.

13.00 – 13.30

Manuel Carlos Silva, Research Centre of Social Sciences, University of MInho, Portugal:”Crisis, democracy and development: The Place of Portugal in the EU”.

13.30 – 14.00

Keith Banting, Queens University, Canada: Multicultural Diversity and Redistribution in Canada: Immigrants, Aboriginal Peoples and Public Support for Social Programs”.

14.00 – 14.30

Discussant: Francisco Colom González, Centro de Ciencias Humanas y Sociales, Madrid, Spain.

COFFEE/TEA BREAK: 14.30 – 15.00

Panel discussion: Social Policies, Civil Society Actors and the Crisis

15.00 – 16.00

Participants: Anette Borchorst, CCWS, Aalborg University, John-Erik Fossum, Arena, Oslo, Peter Kraus, RECODE, Programme Chair, University of Augsburg.

Plenary Debate

16.00 – 16.15

Plans for future cooperation, networking and publication.