International Conference on Challenging Citizenship. Date: 03-04.06.2011. Site: Coimbra, Portugal. Deadline: 31.12.2010
Organisation: Centre for Social Studies (CES), University of Coimbra, Portugal
All democracies – old and new – are undergoing continuous, unforeseen transformations that strain the institutions’ capacity to represent the demos. Forced and voluntary movements across borders, minority recognition claims, historical injustices, economic inequalities, and gendered inequities constitute solid grounds for contesting traditional conceptions of citizenship. Given the fact of pluralism in contemporary societies, a question naturally arises: how can we re–think practices of citizenship in a way that does justice to the increasingly complex circumstances of democratic politics? The conference seeks to reflect on this question by bringing together participants from both the North and the South. Through these dialogical, interdisciplinary encounters, we hope to shed light on the non–ideal conditions for effectively exercising citizenship today.
English, with simultaneous translation into Portuguese
The conference includes, first, plenary sessions where invited speakers will address issues regarding the foundation, justification, scope, and practice of citizenship. Secondly, we invite abstract submissions for a number of panels. The invited speakers will serve as discussants for the panels. Contributions from both social scientists and practitioners are welcome. More specifically, we welcome proposals that fall within one or more of the following three themes:
(1) Struggles for recognition and justice;
(2) New dimensions of political freedom;
(3) Non-ideal theory for non-ideal circumstances?