Event Date: 12 – 13 November
London WC1N 2AB
The Second Symposium: Deorientalizing Citizenship?
Experiments in political subjectivity
The possibility of conceiving practices of citizenship after orientalism points to experiments that uncover, rearticulate and provoke subjugated forms of politics. Through addressing the intersections between orientalism, colonialism and citizenship (panel 1), exploring possibilities of democratic politics for decolonizing citizenship (panel 2) and troubling universal claims to rights (panel 3), we ask what images of citizenship are emerging in relation to the process of deorientalization? It is this experimentation itself, rather than its outcomes, that constitutes ‘citizenship after orientalism’ as a field of investigation.
Introduction by Professor Engin Isin (The Open University)
PANEL 1: Orientalism, colonialism and citizenship
Professor Sukanya Banerjee (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee) – Race, Science, and the End(s)of Imperial Citizenship
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Dr Jack Harrington (The Open University) – Between Colonizer and Colonized: the Political Subjectivity of the Settler
Dr Alessandra Marino (The Open University) – The heritage of colonial branding: Mahasweta Devi against legal orientalism
Professor Meyda Yeğenoğlu (Istanbul Bilgi Üniversitesi) – Colonial Spectrality, European Sovereignty and Hospitality
Panel 1 Discussion:
PANEL 2: Democratizing politics, decolonizing citizenship
Dr Bela Bhatia (Tata Institute of Social Sciences) – Footnotes on Citizenship from rural India
Dr Oscar Guardiola-Rivera (Birkbeck, University of London) – To Write for One’s Time: From Rights, Laws, and Revolutions to the Persistence of Politics in the the Americas, 1970-2011
Professor Charles Hirschkind (University of California, Berkeley) – Musical Geographies of al-Andaluz
Panel 2 Discussion:
Professor Walter Mignolo (Duke University) – Citizenship, Knowledge and the Limits of Humanity (II)
Day 2 13 November 2012
PANEL 3: The universal after orientalism
Dr Gurminder Bhambra (University of Warwick) – Citizens and Others: Beyond Orientalism
Professor Vivienne Jabri (King’s College, London) – The Postcolonial Subject: Between the Universal and the International
Dr Sudeep Dasgupta (University of Amsterdam) – The Contested Spaces of the Politics of Universalism
Dr Antke Engel (Institute for Queer Theory) – Circumcised Citizenship?
Panel 3 Discussion:
Roundtable: ‘Citizenship After Orientalism: An Unfinished Project’ (Discussion of Citizenship Studies Journal special issue)
The Oecumene Project team members discuss their first collective publication, a double Special Issue of Citizenship Studies entitled, ‘Citizenship After Orientalism: An Unfinished Project.’ Published half way through the European Research Council funded project, this is its first statement on how citizenship has been understood as a narrowly western concept and what techniques researchers can use to write about citizenship after orientalism. With a global reach and a blend of approaches from anthropology to legal studies, from history to sociology, from postcolonial to European studies, the Special Issue shows how widely orientalism has shaped our understanding of the citizen and how innovative the field can be once we attempt to write about citizenship after orientalism.
Keynote lecture by Professor Saba Mahmood (University of California, Berkeley) – Religious Liberty, the Minority Problem and Geopolitics
Closing remarks by Professor Engin Isin (The Open University)