[csaa-forum] Call for papers, 2018 AAS: Gradated citizenship, degraded humanity and the cultural specificity of rights practice

Blatman-Thomas, Naama naama.blatmanthomas at jcu.edu.au
Tue Jun 5 10:53:47 ACST 2018

Dear network members,

Please see below a call for papers for a panel in the 2018 AAS conference:

Gradated citizenship, degraded humanity and the cultural specificity of rights practice

Convenors: Naama Blatman-Thomas and Robin Rodd/ James Cook University

As a conferred status, citizenship is commonly imagined as a binary; one is either a citizen or not. However, citizenship is better understood as a spectrum of rights and opportunities to participate in public life, and is neither historically stable nor equally experienced. Citizenship excludes through differential inclusion and offers protection to some, while failing to safeguard the rights and wellbeing of others (Balibar 2017). The legal and cultural terrain on which the status and practice of citizenship rest are constantly shifting. While much has been written about the precarity of statelessness and migration (McNevin 2011, Gundogdu 2015), less has been written about the ways that precarity is experienced by citizens. Citizenship is gradated rather than universal, and in extreme cases its degradation can lead to legalized genocide. The inequalities of citizenship sustain histories of colonialism and racism, while ongoing states of emergency, new technologies of surveillance and in/security, and savage neoliberalism erode the legitimacy of old rights and the capacity to claim new ones.

This panel seeks to create a forum for comparatively examining the cultural specificity of rights and the gradation and degradation of citizenship within states. We pose the central question of how cultural values and practices legitimize or discourage citizenship inequalities and facilitate the legislative changes that reconstitute citizenship within nation states, for example by rolling back or introducing new rights. Moreover, we seek to understand how such changes produce new precarities of life and how these affect the everyday realities of citizens.

Abstracts need to be submitted through the conference website by July 16: https://www.aasconf.org/2018/call-for-papers/

Many thanks,


Naama Blatman-Thomas
PhD Candidate - Department of Politics & Government
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel

Visiting Scholar
The Cairns Institute
James Cook University, Townsville, Australia
Email: naama.blatmanthomas at jcu.edu.au
Phone: (07) 478 14049

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