Who constitutes the people, how and why are questions that have shaped the scholarship on Southeastern Europe across the disciplines of legal studies, political science, anthropology and history. Historical narratives and their contemporary iterations create the – often contested – frames of nationhood that set the discursive boundaries of who ‘the people’ are, vindicating why some groups are left outside of the parameters of the nation. In a similar vein, constitutions and citizenship laws delimit who are those who are formally accepted as ‘the people’ and what rights they have, excluding those who – for a range of reasons – do not conform to the political vision of the national community. Drawing on examples and experiences of the post-Yugoslav states and Albania, this seminar establishes an interdisciplinary dialogue on how narratives and laws are used to create ‘the people’.
Jun 1 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Jun 17 @ 9:30 am – 6:00 pm
While post-communist European countries have been the site of stalling democratisation and rising backsliding, the consequences of backsliding on the evolution of citizenship regimes have remained largely unexplored. This event is based on the collaborative CIVICA project on Contestations of citizenship in contexts of democratic backsliding: lessons from post-communist Europe, and brings together EUI, LSE and CEU, together with associates from other institutions. Case-studies and comparative interdisciplinary research unpack how citizenship regimes change when democratic governance becomes a façade veiling populist and authoritarian political objectives.
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