As part of the activities of the first symposium ‘Citizenship after Orientalism’, we invite proposals of papers to contribute to the International Conference ‘Opening the Boundaries of Citizenship’ to be held at The Open University, Milton Keynes, 6 and 7 February 2012.
Keynote speakers: Judith Butler (University of California, Berkeley) Paul Gilroy (LSE) Bryan Turner (CUNY) Engin Isin (The Open University)
In line with the general topic of the Symposium, the conference aims at exploring forms of political subjectivity that remain unmapped when citizenship is assumed as just ‘membership of the state’, as a synonym for nationality, or when conceived as a practice, it is still understood as a contractual, secular, modern and particularly occidental way of belonging.Which actors, sites and rights are constituted in contemporary power struggles redefining ‘the political’? Which neo-colonial or neo-imperial nodes emerge from the analysis of issues such as democracy or secularism? The conference invites contributions addressing the performative and creative side of social movements, practices of identity negotiation and political participation questioning the restricted meanings of citizenship.
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