Seminar on Citizens Without Frontiers: of those whose acts traverse boundaries

Tuesday, 27 March 2012, 17:00 - 19:00
Pyramid room, 4th floor, King`s, Strand Campus

Engin Isin speaks on Citizens Without Frontiers: of those whose acts traverse boundaries at King's College, London.

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?

You can also listen to a podcast of Engin Isin produced as part of the event.

For more information please see the event page.

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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