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"Canada, the United States, and Islamic Extremism: Confronting Terror - Domestic and International Dimensions"

Published on January 26, 2015

Proposals are due no later than May 1, 2015
Colloquium Dates: February 25-27, 2016
Venue: University of Hawai`i at Mānoa  

 The Center for the Study of Canada at the State University of New York College at Plattsburgh, the Center for International Development at Ball State University, and Fulbright Canada, in partnership with the University of Hawai`i at Mānoa, are pleased to convene an international scholarly colloquium to comprehensively examine and evaluate Canada’s response to the domestic and international challenges posed by Islamic extremism.  The colloquium, titledCanada, the United States, and Islamic Extremism: Domestic and International Dimensions, will be convened at the University of Hawai`i at Mānoa campus, from February 25-27, 2016.

Dr. Christopher Kirkey, Director of the Center for the Study of Canada, Dr. Kenneth Holland, Director of the Center for International Development at Ball State University, and Dr. Michael Hawes, CEO of the Foundation for Educational Exchange between Canada and the United States of America and Executive Director of Fulbright Canada, will coordinate the colloquium and edit the proceedings.  We invite submissions from doctoral candidates, junior academics, established scholars, and relevant practitioners from across the international community.  The deadline for proposals is May 1, 2015.

The University of Hawai`i at Mānoa, founded in 1907, and located in beautiful Mānoa Valley just outside downtown Honolulu on the island of Oʻahu, is the site of the Daniel K. Inouye Center for Democratic Leadership (DKI Center), currently under development.  The Center will advance public service leadership, democratic ideals, and global awareness through visiting and resident experts, communications programs, seminars, public engagement programs, Congressional Archives, K-12 educational programs, exhibitions, fellowship programs and civic engagement initiatives.  The colloquium is being organized within the spirit of the DKI Center initiative.

Background

Since the attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11, 2001, several allies of the United States have suffered terrorist attacks launched by Islamic extremists, including the United Kingdom, Spain, France and Canada.  Each of these NATO allies has had to decide how to respond to these attacks.  These Western nations, which are all committed to the principles of freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of movement, individual privacy, civil liberties, the rule of law, and due process, have welcomed large numbers of immigrants from Muslim countries.  This colloquium is designed to examine how Canada, in particular, has responded to the threat posed by Islamic extremism, including how it has balanced its democratic and liberal principles with the need to guarantee the safety and security of its people.  Moreover, presenters will examine how this threat has affected Canada’s foreign policy and, in particular, its relationship with the United States and with its European allies.  What types of multilateral efforts to address the phenomenon has Canada joined?  How has the global phenomenon of jihadism manifested itself in Canada, including the appearance of home-grown terrorists?  What are the economic and public policy implications of this threat and Canada’s response to it, including constitutional issues?  Is there a backlash against Muslims in Canada, which may be similar to that in France, Germany, and/or the UK?  How have the lives of new Canadians, and those seeking to immigrate, been affected?

We are also interested in submissions that seek to examine and explain how Canada’s closest ally – the United States – has responded to the emergence of Islamic extremism both abroad and at home.  Papers focused on the United States and Islamic extremism are designed to provide a decidedly comparative focus to the colloquium and the resulting publications.

Interdisciplinary Scope

The colloquium is broadly interested in submissions that directly explore the intersections of Canadian foreign and domestic policy interests and Islamic extremism.    Submissions from the disciplinary fields of politics, international relations, history, economics, security, sociology, religion, anthropology, and culture, as well as those that purposely incorporate a distinctly inter/intra/multidisciplinary perspective are strongly encouraged.

Colloquium Participation, Timing and Results

If you are interested in submitting a proposal for the colloquium, please forward an abstract, not to exceed 300 words, to the colloquium conveners. Your submission should explain the theoretical approach, identify the empirical evidence to be examined, provide a working title for the paper, and include a current curriculum vitae.  Submissions should be sent electronically to the conference coordinators (kirkeycj@plattsburgh.edu,  kmholland@bsu.edu, and mhawes@fulbright.ca), not later than May 1, 2015. An academic panel will review all submissions, with decisions being made and individuals contacted no later than May 31, 2015.  A maximum of 20 proposals will be accepted for the colloquium. At least two panels will be dedicated to scholarly presentations from University of Hawai`i at Mānoa faculty. Invited participants will be provided with detailed guidelines for their papers (length, format, footnote/reference style requirements, etc.). 

Confirmed participants will be required to submit their draft contributions by November 30, 2015.   We intend to circulate all of the papers to all of the contributors in advance - in early February 2016 - thereby allowing each of the authors the opportunity to read the work of their colleagues. This colloquium is designed in such a way that we do not expect authors to 'present' their work in a traditional fashion. Rather, we are proposing that each author(s) prepare and deliver a formal evaluative commentary on another paper. This paper will be identified by the colloquium conveners, and worked out in consultation with the authors.

As a practical matter, each of the panel sessions will include a formal commentary followed by a brief response by the author for each of the papers, followed by a general discussion involving all of the participants.  This model will allow us to keep the group small and focused and allow for maximum individual participation. This is not an event where there will be an audience; rather, we are looking at engaging all participants to the fullest extent possible.

By the close of March 2016, contributors will be provided with a formal written evaluation/analysis of their contribution, reflecting the views and requested edits of your assigned commentator as well as those of the colloquium coordinators, Drs. Kirkey, Holland, and Hawes.  Contributors will have until May 31, 2016 to undertake any requested revisions and to electronically re-submit their papers.  Selected proceedings from the colloquium will be edited (by Kirkey, Holland and Hawes) and published as a special thematic issue of the American Review of Canadian Studies, the peer-reviewed, multidisciplinary journal of the Association for Canadian Studies in the United States (ACSUS).  The editors anticipate publishing a larger number of essays from the colloquium as an edited book with Routledge Press.

Colloquium Support for Participants

To facilitate involvement in this project, the Center for the Study of Canada, the Center for International Development, Fulbright Canada, and the University of Hawai`i at Mānoa, are pleased to be able to provide colloquium participants the following support:

  • an opening evening reception on Thursday, February 25, 2016;
  • breaks, lunch, and dinner, Friday, February 26, 2016;
  • morning break and closing luncheon, Saturday, February 27, 2016; 
  • hotel lodging in Waikiki for three nights (arrival February 25th and departure on February 28th) - a complimentary breakfast will be provided; and,
  • an honorarium of $325 to help offset travel expenses

Please note that the conference organizers are also currently exploring the possibility of a dedicated cultural excursion on Oʻahu.

We trust that you will agree that this is an exciting initiative.  We encourage you to contact us with any inquiries you may have. We look forward to receiving your proposal!

About the American Review of Canadian Studies

The American Review of Canadian Studies (ARCS) is a refereed, multidisciplinary, quarterly journal.  Published by the Association for Canadian Studies in the United States (ACSUS), the American Review of Canadian Studies examines Canada and the Canadian point of view from an American perspective. Its articles--both interdisciplinary and disciplinary--explore Canada's arts, cultures, economics, politics, history, society, and environment, recognizing Canada's distinctive position in the world.

ARCS is indexed in ABC-CLIO, America, History and Life, Bibliography of the History of Art, Canadian Periodical Index, EBSCO, Historical Abstracts, International Bibliography of Periodical Literature in the Humanities and Social Sciences (IBZ), International Bibliography of Book Reviews of Scholarly Literature in the Humanities and Social Sciences (IBR), MLA Bibliography, PAIS (Public Affairs Information Service), Proquest and Scopus.

               

  

 

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