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Douglas Biow, Director MEZ 3.126, Mailcode A1800, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-232-3470

Identity Politics: The New World Versus New (and Old) Europe

Fri, March 22, 2013 • Texas Union: Quadrangle Room

One Day Conference

Sponsored by the European Union; The Center for European Studies; The Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies; The Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies; The Texas Chair in Czech Studies; and the Swedish Excellence Endowment, with the cooperation of the Departments of History and Government.

This conference will explore models of identity politics, with a focus on ethnicity, race, and religion, in Europe, as well as in the United States. In the broadest sense, the conference will draw on scholars from both Europe and the U.S. in an effort to examine and compare the forms of ethnic identity and mobilization as well as models of state policy and political engagement as related to issues of identity. More specifically, we will see how widely divergent state policies translate into differing modes of political engagement by ethnic, religious, and other social groupings in these various contexts. Participants will address such questions as: how are ethnic minorities incorporated into the political system, particularly through elections, in American, Western and Eastern European contexts and how do these environments affect relations among majority/minority populations? From the point of view of minority populations, which models have allowed for the greatest latitude in preserving ethnic or religious identities through education, media, etc.? Finally, what effects do different types of policies regarding crucial issues such as immigration and citizenship have on relations between ethnic groups? In short, this conference will examine the different models of minority inclusion or exclusion found in the American and European settings, with a particular eye to understanding how European models will affect identity politics as they expand eastward into contexts where historical and contemporary models are quite different.

More information to follow soon.

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