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Engin Isin (School of Politics and International Relations, Queen Mary University of London and University of London in Paris)
Decolonising citizenship – deconstructing its universalism (by revealing an able-bodied, male, propertied, white, heterosexual, and Christian figure), historicising its modernity (by exposing slavery and colonialism in its development), and overturning its exclusions (by making rights claims) – radically transformed the modern state and its regime of rights. Yet the reaction and opposition to it as a social movement, as a body of knowledge, and an ethical perspective have been swift and severe. By drawing on recent work on the colonial and imperial origins of modern citizenship as an institution of domination and subaltern acts that challenged this domination, in this seminar I will discuss political and theoretical difficulties of decolonising citizenship, conflicting projects it spawns into, and the oppositions it elicits.
About the Speaker
Engin’s research and teaching focus on doing international politics: the ways in which people constitute themselves as actors or subjects of international politics through performances, movements, and struggles. Engin holds a bachelor's degree from Middle East Technical University (Turkey) and graduate degrees from the Universities of Waterloo (MA) and Toronto (PhD). He developed an early interest in continental philosophy and was educated as an historical sociologist and political sociologist.
Engin is a chief editor of Citizenship Studies and is the editor of a book series Frontiers of the Political with Rowman & Littlefield International.
Engin is based in Mile End and University of London Institute in Paris (ULIP) establishing a research community across two institutions on doing international politics especially concerning migration, borders, and citizenship.
Engin was a professor of social science (1996-2002) and Canada Research Chair (2002-2006) at York University, and a professor of politics at The Open University (2007-2016) before joining QMUL in 2017.
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