Reinventing Citizenship, 7th International Symposium

May 12, 2014 – May 14, 2014

(Abstract Submission Period Opens: Monday 14th of October, 2013)

(Abstract Deadline: Monday 14th of April, 2014)

This symposium is organized by and is part of the activities of the Research Project on Reinventing Citizenship. Among other projects, it is hosted and developed within the Research Program on Protest, Justice and Deliberative Power.

For almost half a century, political regimes across the world have struggled with citizen participation and the legitimacy problems this creates for the political process. As a result politics has increasingly been seen as a highly formal, specialized and separate domain from the everyday life and needs of citizens. Perhaps nowhere has the gulf that has formed become more evident than with regard to our understanding of the concept of citizenship itself. While boundaries between nations and the composition of resident populations have become increasingly more fluid and diverse, citizenship and the legal frames that sustain national politics have shown a shocking resilience to change, short capacity to increase inclusion and a rather rigid response to decades of massive migration and global change. Many now have dual or multiple citizenships and are connected to more than one body politic and legal framework. Simultaneously, the numbers of permanent residents of countries that refuse to grant them citizenship and formal access to politics continues to increase. How are old models of citizenship evolving? With what effects? Can these changes be initiated within existing political systems? Do social movements that advocate sidestepping states and formal politics altogether, movements that seek to generate their own forms of political representation and membership point the way towards the future of citizenship?

This trans-disciplinary research project is interested in exploring the current relevance and value of citizenship in democracies across the world. We seek to identify central problems of the experience of being a citizen today and evaluate to what degree is citizenship a good vehicle for democratic agency in contemporary societies.

These are the central themes we seek to explore:

1. Visualizing: Rethinking Citizenship

2. Zooming In: What Is Lost? What Is Broken?

3. Second Take: Current Experiences of Alternative Citizenship

4. Artistic Scene: Aestheticizing Citizenship

5. Stand Still: Normative Renewal and Building New Citizenship

If you are interested in participating in this Annual Symposium, submit a 400 to 500 word abstract as soon as possible and no later than Monday 14th of April, 2014. (For justifiable cases, we do uphold a tolerance period of fifteen days.)

Evaluation of abstract submissions will be ongoing, from the opening date of Monday 14th of October, 2013. All Prospective Delegates can expect a reply time to their submission of three weeks.

Accepted abstracts will require a full draft paper by Monday 29th of April, 2014. Papers are for a 20 minute presentation, 8 to 10 pages long, double spaced, Times New Roman 12. All papers presented at the symposium are eligible for publication as part of a digital or paperback book.

For a detailed explanation of these themes and of the procedures for participating, please consult our Call for Papers.


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