Oecumene Dialogue February 2013

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:

  1. Event: Citizenship after Orientalism: enacting Europe in times of crisis, 27 March 2013, Brussels
  2. Second Symposium video of interviews of speakers available
  3. Publication: Questioning Diversity: Sexual Politics, Identity and Liberal Individuals by Leticia Sabsay
  4. Blog: Mobility is changing the World? Just ask Obama by Iker Barbero

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1. Event: Citizenship after Orientalism: enacting Europe in times of crisis

2013 as the European Year of Citizens is a time to reflect on the current crisis and the future of European citizenship. The Oecumene team is organising an event that will respond to a double purpose. Divided in two sessions, the aim of the morning session is to hold a debate on how the European citizenship is constructed, and how it can become genuinely open. The afternoon conference will open a dialogue between academics and activists on a wide range of issues, such as migration, security, feminism, democracy.

These issues will be addressed by a wide range of speakers including: Engin Isin (The Open University), Rosi Braidotti (Utrecht University), Rui Tavares MEP.

Registration required! Please follow the link below for more information.

www.oecumene.eu/events/citizenship-after-orientalism-enacting-europe-in-times-of-crisis

2. Second Symposium video of interviews of speakers available

Videos of interviews by Oecumene team members of speakers on the Panels from our Second Symposium 'Deorientalizing citizenship? Experiments in political subjectivity', 12-13 November 2012, are now available online.

We spoke to Saba Mahmood, Walter Mignolo, Sukanya Banerjee and Bela Bathia. To watch these videos please visit our website.

www.oecumene.eu/events/2nd-symposium

3. Publication: Questioning Diversity: Sexual Politics, Identity and Liberal Individuals by Leticia Sabsay

The essay analyses the limits that the liberal imaginary of the subject impose on current reconfigurations of citizenship and democracy when they are defined in sexual terms.

Sabsay, L. (2013). Questioning Diversity: Sexual Politics, Identity and Liberal Individuals. In E. de Gregorio-Godeo & Á. Mateos-Aparicio Martín-Albo (Eds), Culture and Power: Identity and Identification. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp. 17-34.

www.oecumene.eu/publications/questioning-diversity-sexual-politics-identity-and-liberal-individuals

4. Blog: Mobility is changing the World? Just ask Obama

By Iker Barbero

The road to the old factory is almost deserted. Perhaps this is because it is a sunny Saturday afternoon and few companies have opened their doors in this area of Poble Nou, in the south of Barcelona. The economic crisis probably has a great deal to do with it too. Street after street reveals industrial (and post-industrial) buildings with their blinds down, both in a real and metaphorical sense. Suddenly, as we approach the door of the factory (or la nave, as they call it), where we are supposed to meet Obama, one sees artisans’ carts of all types, pushed along by men and women. They seem to hide as if they are ashamed or scared of something, or of someone.

www.oecumene.eu/blog/mobility-is-changing-the-world-just-ask-obama

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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