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    17th Annual Conference in Citizenship Studies: Health and Well-Being
    April 2, 2020 — April 4, 2020
    Threats to the health of individual citizens and communities, such as lack of access to clean water, can indeed endanger the health of the body politic. Finding meaningful solutions to such complex problems requires gaining a better understanding of the dynamic relationships of health and citizenship.
  • 16th Annual Conference in Citizenship Studies: Technology and Citizenship
    March 21, 2019 — March 23, 2019
    Technology — the use of it, exposure to it, protection from it, and even the absence of protection from it — has direct influence on the access people do, or do not have to the full rights and benefits of citizenship. This conference will address the many intersections of technology with citizenship, such as medical, social media, public utilities, etc. How do uses of computing, information, and infrastructure technologies shape not only citizens’ relationship to public power but also the ways societies constitute and conceive of both the state and the citizen?
  • 15th Annual Conference in Citizenship Studies: Religion and Citizenship
    April 12, 2018 — April 14, 2018
    This conference explores the role of religion – practice and concept – in the recognition and exercise of citizenship. The subject includes a broad range of philosophical, legal and historical matters, such as the extent of religious influence on governance, the use of religion to restrict ascription of citizenship, and the positing of limits to citizens' legitimate relationships with foreign nations or to their activities in opposition to their own governments.
  • 14th Annual Conference in Citizenship Studies: Violence and Citizenship
    March 30, 2017 — April 1, 2017
    Deliberate use of violence against vulnerable populations includes not only genocide but also the recruiting of child soldiers, wars (civil and international) and the refugee crises spawned by wars, terrorism and counter-terrorism, state-sanctioned violence and violence by informal actors, the uses of violence to resist oppression and of non-violence to attain the same goal. Violence in all these forms — the use of it, exposure to it, protection from it, and even the absence of protection from it — has direct influence on the access people do, or do not have to the full rights and benefits of citizenship. Among the many questions raised by the place of violence in our world: How are rights, obligations, and privileges shaped by uses of violence? In what ways does access to violence among citizens shape experiences of freedom and public power? How do uses of state-sanctioned violence shape not only citizens’ relationship to public power but also the way society constitutes and conceives of the state itself? This conference presents panels and individual presentations of new scholarship in the field of citizenship studies.
  • 13th Annual Conference on Citizenship: Gender, Sexuality and Citizenship
    March 31, 2016 — April 2, 2016
    Issues of gender and sexuality have long been realized as central to citizenship. We need only recall the patrilineal citizenship of ancient Greece or women's suffrage to recognize some of the ways gender and sexuality have been bound to citizenship. Today, gender and sexuality remain at the center of a number of key issues in citizenship, including derivative citizenship, family reunification, and who can sponsor new immigrants as well as marriage and social citizenship rights including adoption, healthcare, end of life care, etc. Whether we are male or female or transgender, whether we are straight, gay, lesbian, queer, bisexual or transsexual, our identities can facilitate or limit access to full citizenship.
  • 12th Annual Conference in Citizenship Studies: Governance and Citizenship
    March 12, 2015 — March 14, 2015
    The affordances of citizenship are bound in many ways to structures of governance that provide and at the same time deny access to power. While formal structures of governance establish rights and responsibilities, there are many additional forms of governance people use to orchestrate and affirm their community membership, among them are civic organizations, community groups, and NGOs. The 2015 annual conference will explore the many dimensions of the theme of governance and citizenship.
  • Place, (Dis)Place and Citizenship: 11th Annual Conference on Citizenship
    March 20, 2014 — March 22, 2014
    From the ancient polis to the modern nation-state citizenship has been defined in terms of attachment to a specifiable geographical area. This conference explores the relationship of place, placelessness and citizenship.
  • The Meaning of Citizenship: 10th Anniversary Conference
    March 21, 2013 — March 23, 2013
    The Center for the Study of Citizenship celebrates its tenth anniversary. This conference discusses how your scholarship deepens understandings of the meaning of citizenship – membership in communities.
  • Generations: Rethinking Age and Citizenship – 9th Annual Conference in Citizenship Studies
    March 29, 2012 — March 31, 2012
    Age is a primary marker of citizenship. This conference examines the relationship of generations and citizenship in the past, present, and future. We'll explore how citizenship — membership in communities — is experienced temporally by age and how membership in a particular generation influences the experience and identity of citizenship. Conference highlights included keynote addresses from Peter Levine, Tufts University and Lawrence Cohen, University of California, Berkeley.
  • Conference in Citizenship Studies 2011: Bodies and Citizenship
    March 31, 2011 — April 2, 2011
    Citizenship is about defining which bodies matter and what or who should govern them, either informally or formally. Classical understandings of the dimensions of citizenship – rights, responsibilities, and dependency – reflect a variety of contexts in which ideas about bodies and the realities of the biological are themselves rooted. Thus, citizenship is often connected to larger questions and assumptions about where you are born (birth rights), where you have a right to live (immigration and transnationality) and more.
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    7th Annual Conference in Citizenship Studies: Networks and Citizenship
    April 8, 2010 — April 10, 2010
    Citizenship requires networks and networks can confer citizenship. This conference explores the similarities and the tensions between networks and citizenship in the past, present, and future. It also considers how networks have shaped citizenship and how citizenship has influenced the development of networks.
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    6th Annual Conference in Citizenship Studies: Representing Citizenship
    March 27, 2009 — March 28, 2009
    Depictions and descriptions of citizenship serve important purposes in a society. Among them, they embody membership in the community; they provide models, positive or negative, for civic behavior; and they disseminate and propagate ideas about citizenship.
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    5th Annual Conference in Citizenship Studies: Boundaries and Citizenship
    March 27, 2008 — March 29, 2008
    This conference explores the role of boundaries, both physical and conceptual, that shape the recognition and exercise of citizenship. Boundaries that constitute and shape citizenship are ever-shifting and contestable, and raise issues far beyond those associated with traditional legal categories.
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    4th Annual Conference in Citizenship Studies: Race and Citizenship
    March 1, 2007 — March 4, 2007
    This year's conference explores citizenship and the construction of race (and vice-versa) as well as race in the context of citizenship and policy studies and participation and belonging.
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    3rd Annual Conference in Citizenship Studies: Gender and Citizenship
    March 31, 2006
    Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence, Hortense J. Spillers, professor of English at Cornell University, joins the 3rd Annual New Scholarship in Citizenship Studies on gender and citizenship.
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    2nd Annual New Scholarship in Citizenship Studies Conference: Citizenship in Times of Crisis
    March 1, 2005
    This year's conference welcomes Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence, Peter Irons, for discussions on Citizenship in Times of Crisis.
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    2004 New Scholars’ Conference in Citizenship Studies
    February 27, 2004
    The center hosts its inaugural conference highlighting recent work in citizenship studies by advanced graduate students and junior-level professors.