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How to recover common property. India's informal courts

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By Aya Ikegame · 23 July 2012
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One morning in December 2011, I was sitting with more than one hundred people, many of who came from nearby villages. In the large hall, which many did not hesitate to call a ‘court’, we were waiting for the sole judge to appear.

Reflections on the Arab Citizen

Citizen Identity
By Zahra Albarazi · 11 June 2012 · 1 comment
Citizen Identity

In December 2011 the world witnessed a momentous ministerial meeting organized by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Geneva. This was deemed one of the most successful events aimed at raising the profile of the problem of statelessness. 

Europe, 'Kill Bill' Style

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By Iker Barbero · 5 April 2012
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'Growing together. The more we are, the stronger we are' is the title of a recent European Commission promotional video designed to send youngsters in member countries the message that unity is strength. Yet, it does so by showing an extremely orientalist version of the EU.

First Symposium: Creating publics?

Conference
By Nick Mahony · 15 February 2012
Conference

I'm just back from an exhilarating two-days at the ‘Opening the Boundaries of Citizenship’ conference, hosted by the Oecumene: Citizenship after Orientalism research project, at The Open University.

#Spanishrevolution: Real Democracy Now

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By Iker Barbero · 31 August 2011
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It may seem bizarre that from its beginnings in March 2011, ‘Democracia Real Ya’ (DRY) – ’Real Democracy Now’ – could burst so dramatically into the public sphere with a series of demonstrations all across Spain.

Who is illegal?

Racist raids in Spain
By Iker Barbero · 9 May 2011 · 1 comment
Racist raids in Spain

In the last years two photographers, Edu Leon and Olmo Calvo, have been developing a project called Fronteras invisibles or invisible borders. Despite increasing obstacles created by the police when taking pictures, this project is still active with the aim of exposing the reality of identity checks and police raids in Madrid (Spain). These controls are carried out to identify, arrest, and in some cases, imprison in detention centers all those ‘foreigners’ who, for whatever reason, lack the immigration documents.

Safe multiculturalism and David Cameron's culturally transmitted diseases

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By Zaki Nahaboo · 26 February 2011
United Colours of Benetton (1991) Condoms

Official multiculturalism has meant that we tolerate diversity so long as we can safely consume and/or inhabit it; so long as pleasure in difference continues without consequence to either the ‘majority’ values or marketable cultures.

Oecumene: Citizenship after Orientalism is funded by an European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grant (Institutions, values, beliefs and behaviour ERC-AG-SH2).

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