Events Calendar

Mar
15
Fri
Speaker Series: Elisabeth Ivarsflaten @ Room 404 - Thomson House
Mar 15 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Speaker Series: Elisabeth Ivarsflaten @ Room 404 - Thomson House | Montréal | Québec | Canada

The Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship presents:

Elisabeth Ivarsflaten (University of Bergen, Norway)

Asylum Seekers Centers in the Neighborhood: Causal Effects of Sudden Immigrant Influx on Exclusionary Attitudes

You can learn more about Professor Ivarsflaten by clicking here.

Where and When: Friday, March 15, 2019 from 3:00 to 5:00pm. Room 404, Thomson House, McGill University.

AbstractDuring the 2015 refugee crisis, Europe experienced a sharp rise in asylum seeker numbers. Of the approximately 1 million people who reached Europe during 2015, 31 thousand individuals made their way to its northern periphery crossing the border into Norway. In the course of one year, the Norwegian government established 259 new asylum seekers’ centers throughout the country. The establishment of these centers generated a rare opportunity to examine the causal effects of a sudden immigrant influx on intergroup attitudes in local communities. We had measured exclusionary attitudes in a panel of respondents randomly recruited from the population registry in Norway multiple times prior to the refugee crisis and we continued to measure these attitudes during and after the crisis. Consistent with theoretical expectations, the results show a clear exclusionary reaction in the population generally. However, at the local level we discovered and now document a remarkable acceptance of the asylum centers among those who received one in their neighborhood compared to those who did not.  Receiving the asylum centers in the neighborhood proved less disruptive than the local populations imagined beforehand and this led to substantial attitude change shortly after the establishment of the centers.  However, the acceptance of the centers did not generalize to more positive general attitudes towards immigration at the national level.

The event will be live on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CECD.CSDC/

Learn more about our Speaker Series Events here: http://csdc-cecd.ca/events/csdc-speaker-series/

This series is sponsored by the Inter-university Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship, which is funded by the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture (FRQSC).

Apr
12
Fri
Speaker Series: Elin Naurin @ Room 404 - Thomson House
Apr 12 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Speaker Series: Elin Naurin @ Room 404 - Thomson House | Montréal | Québec | Canada

The Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship presents:

Elin Naurin (University of Gothenburg, Sweden)

The Political Effects of Pregnancy

You can learn more about Professor Naurin by clicking here.

Where and When: Friday, April 12, 2019 from 3:00 to 5:00pm. Room 404, Thomson House, McGill University.

AbstractIt is widely believed that pregnancy and birth-giving are life-changing experiences for most women and their partners. Still, there are few systematic studies of how pregnancy and childbirth matter to the individual’s political development. In this talk, the head of the recently started Gothenburg Research Program on Pregnancy and Politics will give her first official overview of project results focusing, among other things, on the effects of pregnancy on political attentiveness and political participation. Data comes from a unique large-scale panel survey (N=60,000) where respondents who eventually become pregnant (and partners of pregnant women) are followed until a year after childbirth. Results show that pregnancy and birth-giving demobilize women to pay less attention to political information and to express lower interest in politics in general. This phenomenon lasts at least until the baby is 12 months of age, and it is not observed in male partners of pregnant women, suggesting a significant – and previously unproven – political consequence of pregnancy. Results are important as they highlight understudied biological and psychological mechanisms behind the well-known gender gap in political knowledge and efficacy. In addition, the implication is that pregnancy in itself ­­– and not only parenthood – entails a political process for the individual and should be studied as such. The talk will also include recent results on how pregnancy and early parenthood change emotions as well as policy opinions.

The event will be live on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CECD.CSDC/

Learn more about our Speaker Series Events here: http://csdc-cecd.ca/events/csdc-speaker-series/

This series is sponsored by the Inter-university Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship, which is funded by the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture (FRQSC).

May
10
Fri
Speaker Series: Eva Anduiza
May 10 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Speaker Series: Eva Anduiza @ Montréal | Québec | Canada

The Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship presents:

Eva Anduiza (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)

“I am not a feminist but…” Women’s protests and gender attitudes in Spain

You can learn more about Professor Anduiza by clicking here.

Where and When: Friday, May 10, 2019 from 3:00 to 5:00pm. Location TBD.

AbstractIn 2018 Spanish politics were shaken by the sudden and intense mobilization of women. The protests started in April following the announcement that five men had been absolved of sexual aggression for the gang rape of a teenager in the 2016 San Fermines bull festival, and had been found guilty only of the lesser offence of sexual abuse. On the 8th of March thousands of women took to the streets in over 120 Spanish cities against gender inequality, discrimination and sexual violence.

Social media campaigns reporting sexual harassment and abuse such as #metoo (in Spain #yotambien) had already been going on months before and continued after (#cuentalo). Political parties reacted to this issue sometimes highlighting their pre-existing feminist policy background (PSOE), discourses (Podemos), trying to incorporate a feminist touch (not always successfully) or strengthening their more conservative positions.

In this paper I want to analyze the individual consequences of these events in attitudes towards gender equality and feminist identities. Have these feminist protest events made citizens more likely to consider themselves as feminist and to support gender equality? Have they elicited a backlash reaction towards more anti-feminist positions? What is the role played by attitudinal priors, social media and celebrities that have engaged in these issues? These questions will be addressed using panel data from Spain.

The event will be live on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CECD.CSDC/

Learn more about our Speaker Series Events here: http://csdc-cecd.ca/events/csdc-speaker-series/

This series is sponsored by the Inter-university Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship, which is funded by the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture (FRQSC).