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Concepts and Practices of Citizenship
The American University of Sharjah's International Studies Student
Association invites university students to submit papers for a two-day
undergraduate conference on Concepts and
Practices of Citizenship.
Concepts of citizenship and associated practices impact every
individual's life. This centrality is reflected in the vast literature on the
topic. From ancient Greece to the contemporary world, scholars have debated the
nature of citizenship.
During the past few decades,
global developments have resulted in a renewed interest in citizenship. Complex
globalization processes have contributed to increased migration and to an acute
awareness of global inequalities, leading to the much-debated claim that citizenship
can be viewed as a "birthright lottery." Developments across the world have
raised questions about the relationship between citizenship, state structures,
and identities. For example, in the European Union proponents of integration
argue that a European citizenship is beneficial to all, while opponents have
cultivated forms of nationalism that reflect nineteenth-century conceptions of
citizenship and national identity. In spite of calls for a reconsideration of
the prevailing view of citizenship in response to contemporary global
challenges, some staunchly defend the state system with roots in the Peace of
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Topics and Registration
Students are invited to submit an academic paper for a 15-minute
presentation (c. 2,000 words) that examines historical, sociological,
anthropological, philosophical, political, or legal perspectives on
citizenship. Each presentation will be followed by a 10-minute discussion.
Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
- Theories of citizenship, including cosmopolitanism and global
- Historical transformations of citizenship
- Citizenship and empire(s)
- Rights and duties associated with citizenship
- Citizenship and national identity
- Citizenship and civic engagement
- Gendering and racing of citizenship
- Relationships between citizenship, nation, and state
- Globalization, migration, and deterritorialization of citizenship
- Causes of emigration and principles governing immigration
- Global inequalities and citizenship
- The commodification of citizenship
The deadline for submissions of papers is January 5, 2017. Authors of selected papers will be notified by January 28, 2017.
Interested students should submit their papers via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
All submitted papers will be reviewed by a conference committee
consisting of students and faculty.
As seats are limited, we recommend that interested participants
register as soon as possible. Registration starts on January 15, 2017 and the registration
deadline for presenters is February 8, 2017.
The registration fee is AED 250 and includes lunch on both days of
the conference. If non-presenting attendees wish to join for the lunch, please
register via email and ensure that payment is complete no later than February 22, 2017.
We recommend making travel arrangements, including submitting visa applications and reservations for accommodation, as soon as possible. Please note that all attendees are responsible for making their own travel arrangements. We advise international guests to consider the Centro Sharjah by Rotana when looking for accommodation. The hotel is located next to Sharjah International Airport and less than 10 minutes from American University of Sharjah, please check their website.
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Thank You for Registering