[URBANTH-L]Call for Papers: "Dilemmas of Citizenship," due 22 Jan. 2009

King, Diane E diane.king at uky.edu
Tue Jan 13 09:46:28 EST 2009

Call for Papers: "Dilemmas of Citizenship," due 22 Jan. 2009

Abstracts are invited for a panel on citizenship to be considered for Presidential Session status at the 108th American Anthropological Association (AAA) Annual Meeting in Philadelphia from 2-6 December 2009. Abstracts must be received by Thurs., 22 Jan. 2009 (note that this is SOON).

A more specific and lengthy panel abstract, and likely a more specific title, will be possible once the paper abstracts are gathered, but for now, here are some guiding ideas for the panel:
The modern state, which emerged in most parts of the world during the twentieth century, was full of promise for its constituents, who were citizens not subjects. The state lent form to the nation and articulated visions of progress, prosperity, collective dignity and individual rights. In the twenty-first century the state is both triumphant, covering most inhabitable parts of the globe, and tragic, in many cases failing to deliver and even actively harming citizenries both within and beyond its borders. This panel will offer critical analyses of citizenship in an age of human rights, problematic sovereignties, states of exception, contested borderlands, and elusive justice.

The proposed panel is an outgrowth of conversations between members of the Human Rights and Social Justice (HRSJ) committee of the Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA) and the Committee for Human Rights (CfHR) of the AAA (though neither is an official sponsor); authors are encouraged to give special consideration to issues of rights and justice.

The theme of the 2009 Annual Meeting is "The End/s of Anthropology," and authors are encouraged to incorporate it into their abstracts and papers.

Please submit your 250-word abstract to Diane King at deking at uky.edu. More information can be found on the AAA website: http://www.aaanet.org/meetings/presenters/Proposal-Types.cfm

Since time is short, you are encouraged to send a brief email indicating your interest, followed by the abstract when it is finished (both of which must happen by Thurs. 22 Jan.)

Diane E. King, Ph.D.

Department of Anthropology
University of Kentucky
206 Lafferty Hall
Lexington, KY 40506-0024


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