Canada Seminar


Monday, April 25, 2022, 12:00pm to 1:30pm


This is an online Zoom Meeting. Please use link below to register.

Shapeshifting Sovereignty: Rights, Borders, Territory

Speaker: Ayelet Shachar, Professor of Law, Political Science, and Global Affairs, University of Toronto

Chair: Vincent Chiao, William Lyon Mackenzie King Visiting Professor of Canadian Studies

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Ayelet Shachar (FRSC) is Professor of Law, Political Science, and Global Affairs, and the R.F. Harney Chair and Director of Ethnic, Immigration and Pluralism Studies at the University of Toronto. Previously, she was a Scientific Member of the Max Planck Society—one of the foremost research organizations in the world—and Director at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity. Before her recruitment to the Max Planck Society, she held the Canada Research Chair in Citizenship and Multiculturalism. She is also affiliated with Goethe University Frankfurt, where she is the leader of the “Transformations of Citizenship” research group. 
Shachar has published extensively on the topics of citizenship theory, immigration law, cultural diversity and women's rights, new border regimes, highly skilled migration and global inequality, and the marketization of citizenship. She has written more than one hundred articles and award-wining books, including Multicultural Jurisdictions: Cultural Differences and Women’s Rights (Cambridge University Press, 2001)—winner of American Political Science Association Foundations of Political Theory Best First Book Award; The Birthright Lottery: Citizenship and Global Inequality (Harvard University Press, 2009), named International Ethics Notable Book in recognition of its “superior scholarship and contribution to the field of international ethics;” and The Shifting Border: Legal Cartographies of Migration and Mobility (Critical Powers Series, Manchester University Press, 2020), described by CHOICE as “getting the dream dinner invitation to hear cutting-edge thought on borders.” She is also the lead editor of the field-defining Oxford Handbook of Citizenship (Oxford University Press, 2017 & 2020). 
Shachar has received national and international research excellence awards in four different countries and won prizes by leading professional associations in three different disciplines (law, political science, international affairs). In 2014, she was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada—the highest academic accolade in that country. In 2019, she was awarded the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize, Germany’s most prestigious research award, for her multidisciplinary work on citizenship and the legal frameworks of accommodation in multicultural societies. 


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