If you're free later today, the next talk in the Language, Literature and Politics Research Group’s ‘The Critical Citizen?’ series is this afternoon (UK time), where Tendayi Bloom (University of Birmingham) will be discussing whether it’s ‘Time to interrogate banal citizenism and consider a noncitizenist politics’.
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Time to interrogate banal citizenism and consider a noncitizenist politics
Thursday, 18 May 2023, 16:00 – 17:00 BST
Speaker: Tendayi Bloom
There is often a presumption of citizenship in contemporary politics. That is, it is presumed that everyone has a functional citizenship, and that citizenship can explain all forms of politics. The word ‘citizen’ is often used to as a synonym for ‘person’ or even ‘good person’. This is a mistake. Alongside citizenship, there is also another form of relationship a person may have with a state and/or the multistate system: that of ‘noncitizenship’. A person is in a noncitizen relationship insofar as they must live or act politically despite those institutions. Noncitizenship is a substantive relationship. It is not the negation of citizenship. And a noncitizenist politics may be the only answer to some of today’s apparently intractable challenges. Indeed, the realities of some of these challenges may be invisible to those who live mostly as citizens. This will be considered particularly in the real-world context of migration governance. More details and register at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/time-to-interrogate-banal-citizenism-and-consider-a-noncitizenist-politics-tickets-541032742497