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Immigration and National Identity Conference

January 25, 2007

Because many of our readers are from Texas, I wanted to post information on the upcoming Annual Political Theory Conference to be held at Texas A&M University. This year’s theme is “Immigration and National Identity,” a timely theme considering the recent flurry of immigration raids, political maneuvers and Catholic reactions to the Vatican’s Curial office for the pastoral care of migrants. I realize that many comments, including our own, made both here and on other blogs are often times nothing more than armchair analyses which run the risk of bearing little to no political and social substance or sense. If you are going to be in Texas during the weekend of February 23-24, I encourage you to consider attending this conference. It is free and it will be be, no doubt, an enlightening and inspiring experience. The speakers are scholars and experts in the fields of political theory, philosophy and sociology, many of whom work directly with migrants. Here’s the info from the conference’s website:

Annual Political Theory Conference
Texas A&M University
Immigration and National Identity:
Lessons From/For Political Theory
February 23-24, 2007
The Annual Political Theory Conference – sponsored by the Political Science Dept at Texas A&M University – will be held next February. The organizer of the 2007 Conference is Professor Diego von Vacano. According to Professor von Vacano, the aim of this two-day conference is to discuss the normative dimensions of the contemporary immigration debate. While the emphasis of the meeting is a normative/political one, some empirical/multidisciplinary perspectives – from fields such as Sociology and History – will also receive attention.
Keynote speakers
Professors Stephen Macedo and Alejandro Portes
(Princeton University)

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