Oecumene: Citizenship after Orientalism is funded by an European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grant (Institutions, values, beliefs and behaviour ERC-AG-SH2).
The Open University
Project Team, Research Associate
My work within Oecumene: Citizenship after Orientalism focuses on the relation between the discourse of European citizenship and orientalism under the new conditions of indebtedness. My project, Orientalism at the Mirror: The Ambiguities of the European, illustrates how neoliberal discourses in times of ‘debt economy’ have exposed a certain ‘disorienting’ effect of austerity, contributing to rekindling the ambiguities of Europe and therefore reconfiguring the image of the European self against its others. This inquiry is further developed in my contribution to our collective volume, Citizenship After Orientalism: Transforming Political Theory (Palgrave, 2015), where the idea of Europe is assumed as a ‘concept of crisis’, pointing to a critical transition from the post-war figure of the ‘entitled citizen’ to the new neo-liberal figure of the ‘indebted citizen’, and delineating the background against which a new relationship between citizenship and orientalism in Europe can be considered.