16th Annual Conference in Citizenship Studies: Technology and Citizenship

Date and time

March 21 - 23, 2019

About the conference

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. For example, advances in health care technology have long had direct implications for citizenship, with access to medical interventions in birth and death at the center of debates over the rights of the unborn and the dying.

The revolution in information technology and the advent of social media raises a different set of issues in the study of citizenship. Widespread use of social media has disrupted and displaced the public sphere, reshaping how citizens engage each other, transforming how they exercise their rights as citizens by doing such things as recording police encounters or mobilizing to protest or raising awareness of issues. Social media use has also been shown to be susceptible to exploitation and a spread of misinformation that undermines the meaningful exercise of citizenship rights.

Also among the many questions raised for citizenship studies by uses of technology: What have been the consequences and what are the implications of advances in artificial intelligence for how the boundaries of citizenship are drawn? How are rights, obligations and privileges shaped by the uses of different kinds of information technologies such as mass media, print media, and social media? In what ways does citizen access to infrastructure technologies such as electricity, sanitation, or transportation shape experiences of freedom and public power? How do the uses of computing, information, and infrastructure technologies affect not only citizens’ relationship to public power but also the ways societies constitute and conceive of both the state and the citizen?

Key dates

  • Sep. 3, 2018: Early application deadline for international scholarship
  • Sep. 17, 2018: Responses sent to early submitters in regards to acceptance
  • Nov. 1, 2018: Abstract submission deadline (extended)
  • Oct. 15, 2018: Applicants will be notified
  • Jan. 18, 2019: Deadline for early registration rates. Registration deadline for presenters to be included in the program book
  • Feb. 22, 2019: Speaker information forms due
  • March 1, 2019: Hotel room blocks open
  • March 21, 2019: Conference begins

Accepted papers

  • "Don't Mess With the Lady in Black": Technology, Capitalism, and Islamic Feminism
  • "Know Everything That Can Be Known About Everybody": The Birth of the Credit Report
  • “It’s Gonna Be a Brawl!”: American Political Debate as Sports Spectacle
  • A Technê of Queer Citizenship: Memory and Place in the Digital Archive
  • Are Politics and Social Media Intoxicate? Underpinning of Indian Democracy on Social Media
  • Citizenship in the Era of Artificial Intelligence
  • Constructing Illness as Isolation: Prescription Drug Narratives as Barriers to Inclusion
  • Democracy in Blockchains: Race, Class, and the Politics of Platforms
  • From Passive Observers to Desperate Participants: Youths, New Media and Democratic Citizenship in Nigeria
  • Gamification Pedagogy and Higher Education: Incentivized Learning Lessons for Faculty, Staff, and Students
  • Gender Dynamics of Political Conversations: Testing the Effect of an Online Environment
  • If “Reality is Real,” Why are We Online?: The Dangerous Pleasures of Virtual Citizenship in Ready Player One
  • In Search of Certainties: The Impacts of Criminal Actuarial Sentencing in Citizenship and Legal Reasoning
  • Intrusion, Incursion and Invasion of Privacy by Drone in the Age of Modern Technology
  • Mobile Phones and Political Empowerment: a Case Study of Kyrgyzstani Migrants in Russia
  • Narrating Citizenship: Unruly Citizens in James Baldwin's Another Country
  • Participatory Inclusive Design and Co-Creation in Product Design Education at Wayne State University
  • Selling Extremism: Social Media and the Mythologization of Truth in Contemporary American Political Discourse
  • Sentient Rhetoric: "Technê", Unintended Use, and AI
  • Sex Work and Fiscal Citizenship: Navigating Cryptocurrencies and Financial Moralities
  • Technology and the Architecture of Citizenship
  • Technology and the Creation, Alteration, and Degradation of Civic Spaces
  • Technology–Migration Nexus: Exploring the MigrantApp and What is Meant by Social Justice Apps
  • The Biometric State: Creating a Social and Political Discourse
  • The Biometric State: Citizenship in India and its Many Conundrums
  • The Boundaries of Belonging: Illegalizing Discourse in Arguments in Favor of a County ID
  • The Digital Citizen: Debates on Citizenship in the Era of Digitization
  • The Individual in Global Democracies: Technology and Pro-Social Action
  • The Paradox of Racialized Cultural Citizenship: Exploring Theories of Race as Technology Alongside Theories of Cultural Citizenship
  • Where Have All the Robots Gone? Automation, the Humanization of Work, and the Automobile Industry in the Long 1970s
  • Xenophobia and Democratic Citizenship in South Africa


Student Center Building
Wayne State University
5221 Gullen Mall
Detroit, MI 48202 (map)


Who can submit an abstract/paper for the academic conference?

This academic conference gives the opportunity to academics, practitioners, consultants, scholars, researchers and policymakers with different backgrounds and experiences, to present their papers at the conference and to discuss their experiences, new ideas, research results, as well as any practical challenges encountered and/or the solutions adopted during their work.

The conference committee highly encourages doctorate (Ph.D.) and postdoctoral students to present their research proposals, literature reviews, findings, or issues in this conference with a special registration rate. Case studies, abstracts of research in progress, as well as full research papers, will be considered for the conference program for presentation purposes. Undergraduate students may present at the conferences if (a) his/her research is funded by an organization/institute, and/or (b) supervised by the member or faculty, and/or (c) co-authored by a master's (or higher) student.