In the late 20th century, academic and policy debates have asked how open European and American immigration states should be for admission to the territory and citizenship. In the 21st century, the focus is often on how to undo immigration through deportation and citizenship deprivation. Our workshop will discuss the new trends of deportation and denationalisation from historical, legal and comparative perspectives. It will also raise the question of whether liberal democracies should have the power to expel immigrants and citizens and under which constraints they can legitimately exercise this power. Finally, we want to connect the two topics by considering whether citizenship status is still, or should be, a firm protection against deportation and whether the right not to be deported should be grounded in domicile rather than citizenship.
Programme available here.
Convenors: Prof. Anna Triandafyllidou, European University Institute, Florence, Italy | Prof. Peggy Levitt, Wellesley College, Boston, USA | Dr. Jeremie Molho, EUI | Dr. Nick Dines, EUI
This upcoming conference focuses on cities that are emerging (or striving to emerge) as regional centres of power in the ‘global South.’ We focus on major urban centres in Asian, African, and Latin American countries at different stages of the nation building process. We ask what terms like ‘urban’, ‘diversity’, and ‘cultural pluralism’, actually mean in these contexts. We do so by adopting a critical approach that questions official discourse, documents and policy programmes and compares them to how relevant stakeholders understand the ‘city’, the ‘nation’, and ‘the global’. We want to unpack the power relations within the city and the ways in which the city projects itself beyond the national scale and positions itself both at a wider regional level and within global cultural hierarchies.