Oecumene Dialogue July 2013

Dear Oecumene friends and colleagues,

We are very pleased to send you the July edition of Oecumene Dialogues our monthly newsletter.

Summary of items covered in this issue:

  1. Event: Enacting European citizenship – Citizens' dialogue with MEPs
  2. Blog: The China Chronicles: Final Reflections
  3. News:  'The Scandal of Rights': Engin Isin's talk at the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis
  4. News: 'European Citizenship: How does it (not) work?', presented by Engin Isin at Fudan University
  5. Related projects: Publication: Stateless Citizenship: The Palestinian-Arab Citizens of Israel

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1. Event: Enacting European citizenship - Citizens' dialogue with MEPs

NCVO along with CSV and The Open University in partnership with the European Parliament are running a project 'Europe: what does it mean for you?'.

As part of this initiative, we are pleased to invite you to a dialogue with MEPs and a book launch with professors and civil society organisations to discuss citizenship rights within the EU. The event is organised as part of the European Year of Citizens 2013.

 Do you have strong views on what it means to be a citizen in Europe today? Do you want to know how people across Europe engage with their European citizenship rights? Would you like to hear about local challenges and access to transparent information? Come and share your experience. This is a great opportunity to meet MEPs face to face and ask your question at live interviews.

Among the speakers are:

Keith Taylor, Green MEP for SE England
Professor Engin Isin (Open University)
Professor Michael Saward (The University of Warwick)

For further information and to register see: http://www.oecumene.eu/events/enacting-european-citizenship-citizens-dialogue-with-meps

2. Blog: The China Chronicles: Final Reflections

by the Oecumene Team

Our journey led from Beijing, the capital, to Shanghai, the financial centre, to Guangzhou, the manufacturing heartland and then to Hong Kong, which defies quick categorisation. Inevitably this was a path along a spine of urban power centres. Perhaps it was a route that would inevitably reinforce three major concerns, the nature of power, the meaning of citizenship struggles and the persistence of orientalism. If our reflections reveal something about China, no doubt they reveal more about us, about how we look at the world and how the world challenges us to reconsider what we thought we knew.  The final reflections from the team can be read on the website.

http://www.oecumene.eu/blog/the-china-chronicles-final-reflections

3. News:  'The Scandal of Rights': Engin Isin's talk at the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis

Engin Isin gave a talk at the Annual International Workshop organised by the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (April 17-19, 2013).

http://www.oecumene.eu/news/the-scandal-of-rights-engin-isins-talk-at-the-amsterdam-school-for-cultural-analysis

4. News: 'European Citizenship: How does it (not) work?', presented by Engin Isin at Fudan University

Engin Isin gave a lecture at Fudan University (Shanghai, China) on 7 June 2013. For the podcast of the talk please visit the Oecumene website.

http://www.oecumene.eu/news/european-citizenship-how-does-it-not-work

5. Related projects: Publication: Stateless Citizenship: The Palestinian-Arab Citizens of Israel

Brill Academic Publishers, Studies in Critical Social Sciences, Volume 54 (July, 2013)

Far from integration into the Israeli incorporation regime, Palestinians inside the state are today placed in a paradoxical situation where, as Arab citizens of a Jewish state, they are both inside and outside, host and guest, citizen and stateless. Through the paradigm ofstateless citizenship, Shourideh C. Molavi examines the dynamics of exclusion of Palestinian citizens and analytically frames the mechanisms through which their statelessness is maintained. With this she centres our analytical gaze on the paradox that it is through the actual provision of Israeli citizenship that Palestinians are deemed stateless. Molavi critically engages with the liberal variant of Zionist thought, and deconstructs discourse around minority rights and liberal citizenship in the context of Israel's racialized ideological and political makeup.

Website: http://www.brill.com/stateless-citizenship
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Stateless-Citizenship/443898839042814

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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