Report from the 6th Annual Conference in Citizenship Studies
27-28 March 2009
Wayne State University
More than 70 scholars from 11 countries convened last weekend at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan for the 6th Annual Conference in Citizenship Studies.
Marc Kruman, chair of Wayne State's Center for the Study of Citzenship, which sponsored the conference, welcomed participants on Friday morning and congratulated them for their work in building the field of citizenship studies. Kruman noted not only the larger scale of the conference, but the global origins of its participants, including scholars from Australia, Japan, Iran, Turkey, France, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Canada, and the U.S.
Participants presented their work in 18 panels that addressed the conference theme of "Representing Citizenship" through explorations of migration and immigration, gay marriage, youth, expressive culture, museums, educational practices, gender, war, and other topics.
Highlights included panels discussing recent books in the field for which the authors were in attendance: GENEALOGIES OF CITIZENSHIP: MARKETS, STATELESSNESS, AND THE RIGHT TO HAVE RIGHTS by Margaret Somers and MULTICULTURAL ODYSSEYS: NAVIGATING THE NEW POLITICS OF DIVERSITY by Will Kymlicka. Kymlicka also served as the keynote speaker for the conference, offering his thoughts on "The Rise and Fall of Multicultural Citizenship."
The annual conference is hosted by Wayne State's Center for the Study of Citizenship. This year the conference was sponsored by the Irvin D. Reid Honors College and the Law School at Wayne State University; the Michigan Humanities Council; the Lion Fund for Global Citizenship; and the Government of Canada.
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