CfP – Beyond Citizenship: Feminism and the Transformation of Belonging (London, UK)

An international, interdisciplinary conference

30 June – 2 July 2010; Birkbeck, University of London, UK

Confirmed Speakers

Sara Ahmed
Davina Cooper
Krassimira Daskalova
Antke Engel
Katherine Gibson
Rebecca Gomperts
Gail Lewis
Lynne Segal
Margrit Shildrick
Birte Siim
Gloria Wekker
Anna Yeatman

The language of citizenship has, in recent years, been mobilized by
feminists to articulate a wide range of claims and demands. The notions
of economic, political, social, cultural, sexual/ bodily, and intimate
citizenship, for example, have all been developed and explored in terms
of their normative potential and their actual realization. In Europe, in
particular, there has been a strong steer from research funders and
policy makers towards research agendas which address the question of
citizenship in the context of increasingly diverse and multicultural

But, can the concept of citizenship encompass the transformations that
feminist politics seek? What are the restrictions and exclusions of
contemporary forms and practices of citizenship? How does the concept of
citizenship deal with power, inequality, and difference? What are the
problems with framing our desires and visions for the future in terms of
citizenship in a globalizing world of migration, mobility, armed
conflict, economic crisis and climate change? Does the concept of
citizenship restrict our imaginations and limit our horizons within
nation-state formations? Can it ever really grasp the complexity of our
real and longed-for attachments to communities, networks, friends and
loved ones? Is it able to embrace the politics of embodiment and of our
relationships with the non-human world? How have feminists historically
and cross-culturally imagined and prefigured a world beyond citizenship?
Is a feminist, queer or global citizenship thinkable, or should we find
a new language for new forms of belonging?

We invite proposals for papers that address these questions and the
broad theme of the conference. We particularly welcome papers which
explore the interface between the feminist academy and feminist
activism, and which are interdisciplinary and innovative in method and

Individual paper proposals (max. 200 words) or proposals for panels of
three or four related papers (max. 300 words) should be submitted by 1st
December 2009 to:

The conference will take place in central London. A limited number of
bursaries will be available. For further information about the
conference, visit:

Beyond Citizenship: Feminism and the Transformation of Belonging is
organised by FEMCIT, an EU FP6 integrated research project on “Gendered
citizenship in multicultural Europe: the impact of contemporary women’s
movements”, in collaboration with the Birkbeck Institute for Social
Research, at Birkbeck, University of London, Rokkansenteret, at the
University of Bergen, and is sponsored by the Norwegian Research

Organizing Committee
Sasha Roseneil, Isabel Crowhurst, Ana Cristina Santos and Mariya
Birkbeck Institute for Social Research
Birkbeck, University of London


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