[URBANTH-L] Postgraduate Workshop: Feminist Critical Analysis: Be/longing and Citizenship

Angela Jancius acjancius at ysu.edu
Thu Nov 18 12:05:09 EST 2004

 From: "Zeljka Jelavic" <zjelavic at inet.hr> Feminist Critical Analysis:
Be/longing and Citizenship Postgraduate course

As new forms of global and supranational governance emerged, and where the
transnational flows of people, goods, and capital intensified, citizenship,
in which each citizen was given certain rights and obligations under the
nation-state, has lost its power.  Thus the focus on democratic, flexible,
insurgent, cosmopolitan, post-national or multilayered aspects of
citizenship are just few of the current discourses that attempt to determine
citizenships' meaning, content and location. In recent decades, women's
demands for full political participation have mobilized their legitimate
legal and political inclusion in the category of Citizen.  Current
aspirations toward participation have laid claim to citizenship.  However,
feminist theorists and activists have criticized the conceptual assumption
around the notion of Citizenship, arguing that it reproduces the boundary of
public/private thereby reproducing/reinforcing patriarchal formations. This
course will explore the problematics of citizenship as be/longing and the
ways in which the desire for citizenship is interpolated in and through
be/longing.  In keeping with the rigor of feminist theory, the course will
not lose sight of the issues of accountability and responsibility which
have, precisely through feminist insights, been brought to bear on the
contemporary framework of citizenship.  It will provide a framework for an
in depth critical engagement with both the implicit and explicit assumptions
of Citizenship.  In particular, participants will have the opportunity to
think critically about the broad sexual, gendered, national (etc.)
implications of the rhetorics of Citizenship. Participants will rethink
citizenship (as well as be/longing) in terms of the construction of gender
difference, state practices that exclude particular groups of women, and
women's symbolic role in national and local discourses.

The IUC courses are conducted at a postgraduate level.  All postgraduate
students interested in the topic may apply for attendance.  The course will
be limited to twenty attendees.  The attendees should seek funds from their
own institutions to cover the travel costs and accommodation.  Limited
competitive funding is available from the UIC for  scholars from Albania,
Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro,
Romania, Serbia and Slovenia.

Application Procedure
A short narrative explaining your interest in the topic and your CV (please
include your current contact information at the top of the CV) should be
submitted by e-mail to jlmorgan at rci.rutgers.edu, with IUC Dubrovnik 2005 in
the subject heading. Or by fax to + 1 732 932 1335.  The application
deadline is December 1, 2005.

Contact Information:
Jennifer L. Morgan
Department of Women's and Gender Studies
Rutgers University
162 Ryders Lane
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
USA  Tel + 1 732 932 1151

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