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  • Central Academic Staff
  • Professor of Citizenship
  • Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
  • School of Polis, Phil, Econ, Dev, Geog
  • Politics
  • engin.isin

Professional biography

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 director (2007-2009) of the Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG). Prof Engin Isin joined The Open University in 2007 after fifteen years of teaching and research at York University, Toronto, Canada. He was professor of social science (1993-2001) and Canada Research Chair (2002-2007) in social sciences. He gained his first degree in the Faculty of Architecture at Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey (1982) and his PhD in geography at University of Toronto, Canada (1990).

Research interests

Prof Engin Isin has published widely on the politics of citizenship involving various sites, scales and subjects. From Cities Without Citizens (1992) to Being Political (2002) his concern has been to document historically how citizenship has been contested by its 'others' (strangers, outsiders, aliens) and how their claims to rights has constituted them as responsible subjects. His book Citizens Without Frontiers elaborating on the themes of his Inaugural Lecture was published in 2013. His research projects include Oecumene: Citizenship after Orientalism and Enacting European Citizenship (ENACT). His most recent books are Being Digital Citizens (with Evelyn Ruppert, 2015) and Citizenship After Orientalism: Transforming Political Theory (2015). 

Isin, Engin F. 2012. "Citizenship after orientalism: an unfinished project." Citizenship Studies no. 16 (5-6):563-572. doi: 10.1080/13621025.2012.698480.

——. 2012. "Citizens without nations." Environment and Planning D: Society and Space no. 30 (1):450-467. doi: http://dx.doi.org/doi:10.1068/d19210.

——. 2011. "Ottoman Waqfs as Acts of Citizenship." In Held in Trust: Waqf in the Muslim World, edited by Pascale Ghazaleh, 209-229. Cairo: American University in Cairo Press.

Isin, Engin F., and Bryan S. Turner. 2010. "Citizenship, cosmopolitanism and human rights." In The Routledge companion to social theory, edited by Anthony Elliott, 173-187. London: Routledge.

Isin, Engin F. 2010. "The Soul of a City: Hüzün, Keyif, Longing." In Istanbul: Cultural Capital of Europe?, edited by Deniz Göktürk, Levent Soysal and Ipek Türeli. London: Routledge.

A repository of research publications and other research outputs can be viewed at The Open University's Open Research Online.

Teaching interests

PhD supervision

Professor Engin Isin supervises PhD students in citizenship, political subjectivity and comparative political thought. He is especially interested in supervising political research concerned with studying how citizenship has been contested by its subaltern others (strangers, outsiders, aliens) and how their claims to rights have constituted them as political subjects.

Current PhD research students

Zaki Nahaboo, Juliane Solf, Lisa Pilgram, Dana Rubin.

Completed PhD students

Hilal Zeybek (2012), Jen Bagelman (2012), Rean van der Merwe (2012).

Current Postdoctoral research students

Tara Atluri (SSHRC), Iker Barbero (Basque), Deena Dajani (Oecumene), Jack Harrington (Oecumene), Aya Ikegame (Oecumene), Alessandra Marino (Oecumene), Leticia Sabsay (Oecumene).

Completed Postdoctoral students

Nick Mahony (ESRC, 2009).

Research Activity

Research groups

NameTypeParent Unit
Centre for Citizenship, Identifies and Governance (CCIG)CentreFaculty of Social Sciences

Publications

Acts, affects, calls (2014-02-26)
Isin, Engin
OpenDemocracy
Citizenship after orientalism: an unfinished project (2012-08-30)
Isin, Engin F.
Citizenship Studies, 16(5-6) (pp. 563-572)
Citizens without nations (2012-06)
Isin, Engin F.
Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 30(3) (pp. 450-467)
The thinking citizenship series (2009-01)
Isin, Engin F.; Nyers, Peter and Turner, Bryan S.
Citizenship Studies, 13(1) (pp. 1-2)
La ville comme lieu du social (2009)
Isin, Engin F.
Rue Descartes(63) (pp. 52-62)
Citizenship in flux: the figure of the activist citizen (2009)
Isin, Engin F.
Subjectivity, 29 (pp. 367-388)
Wills, deeds, acts: women's civic gift-giving in Ottoman Istanbul (2008-10)
Isin, Engin and Ustundag, Ebru
Gender, Place and Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography, 15(5) (pp. 519-532)
City.State: critique of scalar thought (2007-05)
Isin, Engin F.
Citizenship Studies, 11(2) (pp. 211-228)
Investigating Citizenship: an agenda for citizenship studies (2007-02)
Isin, Engin F. and Turner, Bryan S.
Citizenship Studies, 11(1) (pp. 5-17)
Engaging, being, political (2005-03)
Isin, Engin F.
Political Geography, 24(3) (pp. 373-387)
The Gift of Law: Greek Euergetism and Ottoman Waqf (2005-02)
Isin, Engin F. and Lefebvre, Alexandre
European Journal of Social Theory, 8(1) (pp. 5-23)
The neurotic citizen (2004-09)
Isin, Engin F.
Citizenship Studies, 8(3) (pp. 217-235)
Ways of being political (2002)
Isin, Engin F.
Distinktion: Scandinavian Journal of Social Theory(4) (pp. 7-28)
Governing Toronto without government: Liberalism and Neoliberalism (1998-07)
Isin, Engin F.
Studies in Political Economy, 56 (pp. 169-192)
Immigration, diversity and urban citizenship in Toronto (1997-04)
Siemiatycki, Myer and Isin, Engin F.
Canadian Journal of Regional Science, 20(1, 2) (pp. 73-102)
Who is the New Citizen? Towards a Genealogy (1997-02)
Isin, Engin F.
Citizenship Studies, 1(1) (pp. 115-132)
Rethinking the origins of canadian municipal government (1995-06)
Isin, Engin F.
Canadian Journal of Urban Research, 4(1) (pp. 73-92)
The urban geography of underdevelopment: A case of petty commodity production (1987-06)
Isin, Engin F.
Geoforum, 18(2) (pp. 127-149)
Understanding the third world urban landscape (1985)
Isin, Engin F.
Environments, 17(1) (pp. 18-28)
Being Digital Citizens (2015-05-30)
Isin, Engin and Ruppert, Evelyn
ISBN : 978-1-78348-055-5 | Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield International | Published : London
Citizens Without Frontiers (2012-12-20)
Isin, Engin F.
ISBN : 9781441116055 | Publisher : Continuum | Published : London
Being Political: Genealogies of Citizenship (2002-01)
Isin, Engin F.
ISBN : 816632723 | Publisher : University of Minnesota Press | Published : Minneapolis. USA
Citizenship and Identity (1999)
Isin, Engin F. and Wood, Patricia K.
Isin, Engin F. and Wood, Patricia K. eds.
Politics and Culture series
ISBN : 9780761958284 | Publisher : Sage | Published : London, UK
Cities Without Citizens: Modernity of the City as a Corporation (1992)
Isin, Engin F.
ISBN : 1895431263 | Publisher : Black Rose Books | Published : Montreal
We, the Non-Europeans: Derrida with Said (2016-06-30)
Isin, Engin F.
In: Braidotti, Rosi and Gilroy, Paul eds. Conflicting Humanities (pp. 229-244)
ISBN : 9781474237543 | Publisher : Bloomsbury | Published : London
Citizenship's Empire (2015)
Isin, Engin F.
In: Isin, Engin F. ed. Citizenship after Orientalism: Transforming Political Theory. Palgrave Studies in Citizenship (pp. 263-281)
ISBN : 9781137479495 | Publisher : Palgrave | Published : London
Acts (2014)
Isin, Engin
In: Anderson, Bridget and Keith, Michael eds. Migration: A COMPAS Anthology
Publisher : COMPAS | Published : Oxford
Citizenship after orientalism: genealogical investigations (2012-10-26)
Isin, Engin
In: Freeden, Michael and Vincent, Andrew eds. Comparative Political Thought. Routledge Studies in Comparative Political Thought (pp. 110-125)
ISBN : 978-0-415-63201-0 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : Abingdon
Ottoman waqfs as acts of citizenship (2011-09)
Isin, Engin F.
In: Ghazaleh, Pascale ed. Held in Trust: Waqf in the Islamic World (pp. 253-279)
ISBN : 9789774163937 | Publisher : American University in Cairo Press | Published : Cairo
The soul of a city: hüzün, keyif, longing (2010-06-25)
Isin, Engin F.
In: Göktürk, Deniz; Soysal, Levent and Türeli, Ipek eds. Orienting Istanbul: Cultural Capital of Europe?. Planning, history and environment series (pp. 35-47)
ISBN : 9780415580113 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : Abingdon, UK and New York, NY, USA
Citizenship, cosmopolitanism and human rights (2009)
Isin, Engin F. and Turner, Bryan S.
In: Elliott, Anthony ed. The Routledge Companion to Social Theory (pp. 173-187)
ISBN : 9780415470162 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : London
Theorizing acts of citizenship (2008)
Isin, Engin F.
In: Isin, Engin F. and Nielsen, Greg M. eds. Acts of Citizenship (pp. 15-43)
ISBN : 978-1-84277-952-1 | Publisher : Palgrave Macmillan | Published : London, UK
Beneficence and difference: Ottoman Awqaf and “other” subjects (2008)
Isin, Engin F.
In: Mayaram, Shail ed. The Other Global City (pp. 35-53)
ISBN : 978-0-415-99194-0 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : UK
Bombs, bodies, acts: the banalization of suicide (2007-09-08)
Isin, Engin and Finn, Melissa
In: Cowen, Deborah and Gilbert, Emily eds. War, citizenship, territory (pp. 75-95)
ISBN : 9780415955133 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : London, UK
Abject Spaces: Frontiers, Zones, Camps (2007-06)
Isin, Engin F. and Rygiel, Kim
In: Dauphinee, Elizabeth and Cristina, Masters eds. The logics of biopower and the war on terror : living, dying, surviving (pp. 181-203)
ISBN : 1403974659 | Publisher : Palgrave Macmillan | Published : London
Ottoman Awqaf, Turkish Modernization, and Citizenship (2007)
Isin, Engin
In: Keyman, E. Fuat ed. Remaking Turkey: Globalization, Alternative Modernities, and Democracy (pp. 3-15)
ISBN : 739118153 | Publisher : Lexington Books | Published : Lanham, MD
Of Other Global Cities: Frontiers, Zones, Camps (2007)
Isin, Engin and Rygiel, Kim
In: Drieskens, Barbara; Mermier, Franck and Wimmen, Heiko eds. Cities of the South: Citizenship and Exclusion in the 21st Century (pp. 170-209)
ISBN : 9780863566110 | Publisher : Saqi | Published : London, UK
Citizenship after orientalism: Ottoman citizenship (2005)
Isin, Engin F.
In: Keyman, Fuat and Icduygu, Ahmet eds. Citizenship in a Global World: European Questions and Turkish Experiences. Routledge Studies in Governance and Change in the Global Era (pp. 31-51)
ISBN : 978-0-415-35456-1 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : UK
Historical sociology of the city (2003)
Isin, Engin F.
In: Delanty, Gerard and Isin, Engin F. eds. Handbook of historical sociology (pp. 312-325)
ISBN : 978-0-7619-7173-3 | Publisher : Sage | Published : London, UK
Citizenship after orientalism (2002)
Isin, Engin F.
In: Isin, Engin F. and Turner, Bryan S. eds. Handbook of citizenship studies (pp. 117-128)
ISBN : 0-7619-6858-X | Publisher : Sage | Published : London, UK
City, democracy and citizenship: Historical images, comtemporary practices (2002)
Isin, Engin F.
In: Isin, Engin F. and Turner, Bryan S. eds. Handbook of citizenship studies (pp. 305-316)
ISBN : 0-7619-6858-X | Publisher : Sage | Published : London, UK
Citizenship studies: An introduction (2002)
Isin, Engin F. and Turner, Bryan S.
In: Isin, Engin F. and Turner, Bryan S. eds. Handbook of citizenship studies (pp. 1-10)
ISBN : 0-7619-6858-X | Publisher : Sage | Published : London, UK
Istanbul's conflicting paths to citizenship: Islamization and globalization (2001)
Isin, Engin F.
In: Scott, Allen J. ed. Global city-regions: trends, theory and policy (pp. 349-368)
ISBN : 198297998 | Publisher : Oxford University Press | Published : Oxford, UK
Governing cities without government (2000)
Isin, Engin F.
In: Isin, Engin F. ed. Democracy, citizenship, and the global city (pp. 148-167)
ISBN : 978-0-415-21668-5 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : London, UK
Introduction: democracy, citizenship, sovereignty, politics (2000)
Isin, Engin F.
In: Isin, Engin F. ed. Democracy, citizenship, and the global city (pp. 1-21)
ISBN : 978-0-415-21668-5 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : London, UK
Citizenship after Orientalism: Transforming Political Theory (2015-09-02)
Isin, Engin F. ed.
Palgrave Studies in Citizenship
ISBN : 9781137479501 | Publisher : Palgrave | Published : London
Routledge Handbook of Global Citizenship Studies (2014-06-24)
Isin, Engin F. and Nyers, Peter eds.
Routledge International Handbooks
ISBN : 978-0-415-51972-4 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : London
Citizenship After Orientalism: An Unfinished Project (2014-05-05)
Isin, Engin F. ed.
ISBN : 978-1-13-877608-1 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : London
Enacting European Citizenship (2013-06)
Isin, Engin F. and Saward, Michael eds.
ISBN : 9781107033962 | Publisher : Cambridge University Press | Published : Cambridge
Recasting the Social in Citizenship (2008-11-30)
Isin, Engin F. ed.
ISBN : 9780802096371 | Publisher : University of Toronto Press | Published : Toronto
Citizenship between Past and Future (2008-03)
Isin, Engin F.; Nyers, Peter and Turner, Bryan S. eds.
ISBN : 9780415454414 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : London, UK
Acts of Citizenship (2008-02-25)
Isin, Engin F. and Nielsen, Greg M. eds.
ISBN : 9781842779521 | Publisher : Palgrave Macmillan | Published : London, UK
Handbook of historical sociology (2003)
Delanty, Gerard and Isin, Engin F. eds.
ISBN : 761971734 | Publisher : Sage | Published : London
Handbook of citizenship studies (2002-08)
Isin, Engin F. and Turner, Bryan S. eds.
ISBN : 076196858X | Publisher : Sage | Published : London
Democracy, citizenship, and the global city (2000)
Isin, Engin F.
Isin, Engin F. ed.
ISBN : 978-0-415-21668-5 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : London, UK