Dear Oecumene friends and colleagues,
We are very pleased to send you the February edition of Oecumene Dialogues, our monthly newsletter.
Summary of items covered in this issue:
- Blog 'First Symposium Inaugural Lecture: 'Citizens Without Frontiers'
- Blog 'First Symposium: Creating publics?'
- Oecumene in the news on BBC Radio 4 and Russia Today Arabic
- Event 'The Emergence of the Political Subject - Discourse of Politics after Citizenship', 7 March, London
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1. Blog 'First Symposium Inaugural Lecture: 'Citizens Without Frontiers'
By Engin Isin
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 thier 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?
2. Blog 'First Symposium: Creating publics?'
By Nick Mahony
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. I saw first hand at this event how research can work as a powerful medium for organizing forms of collective sociability. I say organizing here, because this was an occasion where well over 200 people convened face-to-face (from around the world) to address a set of emerging issues related to the study and practice of citizenship.
3. Oecumene in the news on BBC Radio 4 and Russia Today Arabic
Engin Isin spoke to Laurie Taylor about Citizens Without Frontiers. They discussed the new politics of citizenship and explored the ways in which people embrace acts and causes which transcend national boundaries.
Russia Today Arabic covered the First Symposium: Citizenship After Orientalism.
4. Event 'The Emergence of the Political Subject - Discourse of Politics after Citizenship', 7 March, London
Professor Ranabir Samaddar will hold a public lecture on 7 March 2012, 14:30-17:00 at The Open University Camden office, London. The title of his lecture is 'The Emergence of the Political Subject - Discourse of Politics after Citizenship'.
This event is free and open to all, but places are limited. If you would like to attend, please register sending an email to Oecumeneemail@example.com.