What's on archive 2012
Seminar: Citizens Without Frontiers: of those whose acts traverse boundaries27 Mar 2012, 17:00-19:00, Pyramid room, 4th floor, King`s, Strand Campus
Event series: Democracy After the War on Terror Series
School / area: Social Science & Public Policy
Department: War Studies
Location: Strand Campus
Location map: Strand: location
Speaker: Professor Engin Isin
Speaker institution: Open University
Academics, auditors, entrepreneurs, footballers, investors, journalists, lawyers and managers move as professionals through distinct but overlapping fields (of expertise, knowledge, and competence) that cross national borders. (Sans-frontiérisme has become their ideology.) Yet, when people move across these borders as citizens, unless authorized, they are treated as trespassers and their bodies are caught in border regimes that constitute them as migrants, refugees, or aliens. (Sans-papierisme has become rallying cry.) There is a widening gap between those whose move across borders and those who remain confined within them. Cosmopolitanism or universalism have sought to close this gap but so far neither has identified a field in which citizens can act. This may be the end of citizenship. If not, what prospects can there possibly be for citizens without frontiers?
Engin Isin, Chair in Citizenship and Professor of Politics in Politics and International Studies (POLIS) at the Faculty of Social Sciences, The Open University.
Part of the Democracy After the War on Terror Series, hosted by the Centre for the Study of Political Community
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