Queen's University

The Politics of Complex Diversity in Contested Cities

This is a collaborative project within the Centre for the Study of Democracy and Diversity (CSDD) and the Department of Political Studies at Queen’s University.

Funded by a five year Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Insight Grant awarded in March 2015, this project examines change in ethnic rivalries in historically contested cities, where established status hierarchies are challenged by “political newcomers” such as immigrants and other newly mobilized ethno-cultural communities. In such cities, long-standing rivalries have emerged in multiple fields, manifesting themselves in conflicts over language use, state-church relations, cultural symbols and narratives, schools, neighborhoods, access to local institutions and resources.  This project focuses on four historically contested major cities: Montreal (Canada); Brussels (Belgium); Belfast (UK); and Vilnius (Lithuania). (Read More)