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Enacting European Citizenship (ENACT)

January 2008 - December 2010

ENACT is a consortium bringing together researchers from three original member states of the European Union (UK, Belgium and the Netherlands), two new member states (Hungary and Latvia) and a candidate state (Turkey) to explore in depth how European citizenship is claimed, disputed, built – in short, enacted.

European citizenship is an unprecedented project in the making. But it is not simply about status and rights. There is a dynamic element too: citizens, third country nationals, refugees, illegal aliens and states enact claims to citizenship. This major new research programme asks: How do acts shape our ideas of subjects of citizenship, and the very idea of citizenship itself?

Acts that articulate claims to citizenship (and produce claimants) create new sites of belonging and identification. These differ from traditional, and still important, sites of citizenship such as voting, social security, and military obligation. Acts of citizenship stretch across boundaries. They also produce new subjects and scales of citizenship. By investigating acts we expand the focus from what people say (opinions, perceptions, attitudes) to what people do - an important supplement, and sometimes a corrective, to a conventional focus on what people or authorities (EU as well as national courts, agencies, organizations) say about European citizenship and identification.

The project ENACT funded by the European Commission Framework Seven under 'Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities' Programme (FP7-SSH-2007-1).

Lead Institution
The Open University

Partner Institutions
Radboud University, The Netherlands
Central European University, Hungary
Koç University, Turkey
The Centre for European Policy Studies, Belgium
Riga Graduate School of Law, Latvia

Learn more about the research programme: Publics, Securities
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