Podcast: Engin Isin on Citizens Without Frontiers

By Engin Isin · 3 April 2012

Engin Isin talks about his new book Citizens Without Frontiers (Continuum, forthcoming September 2012).

The podcast on Citizens Without Frontiers has been recorded as part of the Democracy After the War on Terror Seminar Series at King's College London on 27 March 2012.

In this podcast Engin talks about Citizens Without Frontiers: of those whose acts traverse boundaries. 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?

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  • Engin Isin

    Principal Investigator
    Engin Isin
    The Open University
    Prof Engin Isin holds a Chair in Citizenship and is Professor of Politics in Politics and International Studies (POLIS) at the Faculty of Social Sciences, The Open University. He is also a past... Read more

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