For at least two centuries the origins of citizenship appeared European. It is essentially considered a Judeo-Christian development and it is juxtaposed against its ‘lack’ in Buddhism, Confucianism, Islam, and Hinduism (if one thinks along religious terms) or Asia, America and Africa (if one thinks along geographic terms). If we critique this assumption how do we begin to investigate ‘citizenship’ in other worlds? How do we investigate political subjectivity in Indian, Chinese, Islamic and Indigenous cultures? This question raises a number of theoretical and methodological issues about doing research ‘in’, ‘on’ or ‘about’ other worlds that, I shall argue, are inherent in social sciences and humanities but doing research on ‘citizenship’ in other worlds makes us confront them more acutely and urgently.
On 23 March 2011 Engin Isin gave a keynote lecture on Subjectivity after Orientalism: Citizenship in Other Worlds. The speech was given at the Open University’s post-graduate students’ methods conference.
To learn more about this topic watch a recording of the keynote lecture online.