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'Citizens without Nations' Professor Engin Isin

This keynote lecture was given by Professor Engin Isin at the 'Citizenship without Community' event hosted by CCIG in collaboration with the BISA poststructural politics working group, held on the 10th of May 2010.

This keynote lecture was given by Professor Engin Isin at the 'Citizenship without Community' event hosted by CCIG in collaboration with the BISA poststructural politics working group, held on the 10th of May 2010.

To broach the question of whether citizenship could exist without (or beyond) community this lecture will address three interrelated questions. How did the nation become the community associated with citizenship? That means to historicise the idea of ‘citizenship as nationality’. How does citizenship as nationality operate as a biopolitical technology? That means to politicise membership as birthright (whether it is civic or ethnic or blood or soil) and to show how it enables the production of difference and otherness as biopolitical properties. How are different forms of citizenship emerging without (or beyond) nations? The lecture will address first and second questions and will allude to the third.

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