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Global Theory Workshop: Grad Professionalization

When: Monday, May 8, 2023
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM CT

Where: Scott Hall, Ripton Room 201, 601 University Place, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Graduate Students

Contact: Ariel Sowers   (847) 491-7454

Group: Department of Political Science

Category: Academic


Graduate Presentation - John Locke and Tolerable Diversity: Jinxue Chen, Ph.D. Candidate

The growth of populism, a rising tide of nationalism, and heightened anxiety over immigration and its impact on demographic composition are all hallmarks of our day. Immigration policy in the United States has been hotly debated in the past few years. France is still grappling with how to properly position Islam within its secular, republican culture. Two Oxford professors have released books in the United Kingdom warning that increased religious and ethnic diversity, as a result of immigration, may damage national identity and decrease social trust. It is against this backdrop one turns to John Locke for possible inspiration. His argument for toleration does not only include different sects of Christianity but also people of diverse cultural and religious backgrounds:Pagans, Jews, and Muslims. This paper invites readers to think along with the exchanges between John Locke and Jonas Proast, to see what Locke addresses and fails to address in his seemingly progressive and encompassing argument for toleration and endenization of religious minorities. By failing to provide a substantial response to Proast, the racial and religious minorities in the Lockean imagined community are placed in marginal positions: Diversity does not come naturally with inclusion. Seeing through the Lockean-Proastian lens, one sees the challenges and puzzles that foreigners, strangers, outsiders posit for the simple pronouncement “In God We Trust,” and vice versa.

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