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Oecumene: Citizenship after Orientalism

Updated Monday, 3rd March 2014

How do we define being a citizen? In what ways has the idea of citizenship expanded?

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In advance of the of the Oecumene Citizenship After Orientalism: The Final Conference on the 6th and 7th of March, 2014, The Open University has produced a series on Opening the Boundaries of Citizenship.

In this collection Professor of Citizenship, Dr Engin Isin, leads a team of Open University academics to explore how the concept of citizenship is being refigured and renewed around the globe

The features examine the new and diverse ways in which citizenship is and has been enacted across the planet and how these perspectives undermine the traditional assumption that it’s an exclusively European institution.

Citizenship after Orientalism

Professor Engin Isin explains why there’s a need to start altering the traditional views that have been held about the idea of citizenship.

Haunted citizens

Dr Tara Atluri’s podcast takes a look at the meanings of gender justice in contemporary India and the new political movements that have arisen since this tragic case of the gang rape and murder of a young woman in New Delhi.


Sexual Citizens and Orientalism

Dr Leticia Sabsay’s research focuses on ‘sexual citizenship’ and how the consequences of its emergence and expansion have forced Western societies to confront their own assumptions about freedom and equality within political, social and contemporary life.


The Imperial citizen

Dr Jack Harrington looks at the racial inequalities and challenges imposed on the indigenous people of countries that were colonized and proposes that their respective governments used social engineering as a means of deciding who could be a citizen.


Democrats, citizens, fools

Dr Deena Dajani considers the idea that the right to question authority wasn’t solely rooted in the liberal tradition of thinking of rights as abstract entitlements but in fact was enacted centuries earlier by the supposedly mad court jester.


Gurus and citizens

Dr Aya Ikegame argues that religious gurus who act as providers of social care and justice represent a form of ‘citizenship’ as they successfully administer support to the community where the state is inadequate.


Writing citizenship

Dr Alessandra Marino examines how ‘acts of writing’ can support indigenous movements for civil and environmental rights, using the example of Booker Prize winner.


The collection will be available soon via iTunesU





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