First Symposium Inaugural Lecture: 'Citizens Without Frontiers'

Methods conference lecture
By Engin Isin · 7 February 2012
Methods conference lecture

Academics, auditors, entrepreneurs, footballers, investors, journalists, lawyers and managers move as professionals through distinct but overlapping fields (of expertise, knowledge, and competence) that traverse national borders. (Sans-frontiérisme has become their shibboleth.) 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 their slogan.) There is a widening gap between those who can act 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?

My Inaugural Lecture as Professor of Citizenship, delivered on 7 February 2012, discussed these themes. The Lecture was part of the First Symposium: Citizenship After Orientalism, 6-11 February 2012, held at The Open University, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom.

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  • Engin Isin

    Principal Investigator
    Engin Isin
    The Open University
    Prof Engin Isin holds a Chair in Citizenship and is Professor of Politics in Politics and International Studies (POLIS) at the Faculty of Social Sciences, The Open University. He is also a past... Read more

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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