Oecumene Dialogue October 2011

Dear Oecumene friends and colleagues,

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

Summary of items covered in this issue:

  1. Registration now open: Conference 'Opening the Boundaries of Citizenship'
  2. Blog on Women and Citizenship in the MENA
  3. Event on Gurus' Rule: Hindu Monasteries in Liberalizing India

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1. Registration now open: Conference 'Opening the Boundaries of Citizenship'

We are delighted to announce that registration is now open for the International Conference 'Opening the Boundaries of Citizenship', 6-7 February 2012, The Open University.

The Conference will explore new approaches and methods to conceptualising and politicising citizenship through discussing struggles, contestations and challenges to citizenship around the world.

Keynote lectures by

  • Judith Butler (University of California) 'Self-Determination, Palestinian Statehood, and the Anarchist Impasse'
  • Paul Gilroy (LSE) 'Subjects in the Kettle: Citizenship, Dissent, and Securitocracy'
  • Engin Isin (The Open University) Inaugural Lecture 'Citizens Without Frontiers?'
  • Bryan Turner (CUNY) 'City, Nation, Globe: Three Movements in the History of Citizenship'


2. Blog on Women and Citizenship in the MENA

'Dependent identity: The MENA, Women and Citizenship'

By Zahra Albarazi

State sovereignty in determining nationality legislation has led to a number of difficulties worldwide, including the lack safeguards against statelessness, and often discriminatory policies.  In the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, a substantially apparent flaw in state citizenship legislation is gender discrimination. Women rarely possess the right to pass nationality on to their children or their spouse - and maternal affiliation can only be the case in extreme circumstances. This leaves the acquisition of citizenship dependent on the male figures in the family. Individuals who have often lived all their lives within the country of their mother - and cannot leave - are unable to acquire her nationality. This situation is not only impractical, it also leaves thousands of people at risk of being born stateless.


3. Event on Gurus' Rule: Hindu Monasteries in Liberalizing India

Aya Ikegame will present her work on 'Gurus' Rule: Hindu Monasteries in Liberalizing India' at the CROSS-CULTURAL IDENTITIES SEMINAR:  Religion, Citizenship and Cosmopolitanism.

24 November 2011, 14:00 - 16:00, The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes.


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