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Call for Chapter Contributors: “Citizenship, Democracy, and the University,” Deadline: March 1

Call for Chapter Contributors
Citizenship, Democracy, and the University: Theory and Practice in Europe and North America

Jason A. Laker, Queen’s University at Kingston, Canada
Kornelija Mrnjaus, University of Rijeka, Croatia
Concepción Naval, Universidad de Navarra, Spain

There are a number of issues and debates surrounding notions of citizenship, including how civil society prepares its population or particular sub-populations for engaged democratic participation.  This is further complicated by diverse views about individual and national identities, immigration, and policies and debates of accommodation versus assimilation.  As globalization continues to blur individual, institutional and national boundaries, there are calls from and to multiple sectors to articulate productive methods for achieving the ideals of democracy and social cohesion.

This text is intended to contemplate the role and methods of post-secondary/tertiary sector educational institutions in preparing citizens for meaningful participation in democracies, whether long-standing, young or emerging.  We expect to organize the text in four sections, the first of which contains conceptual frameworks and methods for citizenship education; and each of the other three corresponding with regional issues and practices in Western Europe,  Eastern Europe, and North America.  We are interested in how post-secondary/tertiary sector institutions are implicated in, but not necessarily leading efforts.  As such, chapters may focus on particular approaches within a college or university, or may discuss how the efforts or issues of a different sector (e.g. schools, NGOs, businesses, governments, communities) hold implications for colleges and universities.

This interdisciplinary English-language text is being developed for use within graduate and professional degree programs whose graduates will become the next generation of those tasked with building, strengthening and/or maintaining the institutions and ideals underpinning democratic societies.  As well, the text must be accessible as a useful reference for leaders and policy makers.  Individual chapters are anticipated to be 6000-8000 words.

Interested contributors are encouraged to inquire with questions.  Proposals of 1-3 pages should be sent via email attachment (in Microsoft Word or PDF), in English containing a draft title, abstract, and outline; along with a current CV or résumé to by Tuesday, March 1st, 2010.

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