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1st Global Conference: The Citizen in the 21st Century (February 2013, Sydney, Australia
full name / name of organization:
Dr. Rob Fisher/ Inter-Disciplinary.Net
1st Global Conference
Monday 4th February – Wednesday 6th February 2013
Call for Presentations:
In the 21st century, citizenship continues to be a site of contestation as contemporary governments attempt to find a balance between the rights and responsibilities of the populations they are representing. This has been complicated by the changing nature of citizenship: it can no longer be thought of as a linear and vertical relationship between an individual and a civic agency, but one of horizontal relationship that is a function of not only the way one relates to civic institutions, but the relationships of those around them.
This, in part, is a result of a changing governance system as corporations, private service providers, non government organizations, religious bodies, informal networks (such as the environmental movement) and supra national bodies increasingly compete with national governments for influence over the lives of individuals. This is further combined and complicated with changing migration patterns – both within and across borders, as well as dual citizenship, new technologies that impact all aspects of our lives, changing markers of adulthood, success and loyalty, as well as the rise of temporary and precarious workforces. We also need to consider a changing media landscape, the rise of a neoliberal capitalism that holds no national loyalty and the failure of a number of contemporary states to serve the interests of their citizens.
As a consequence we have seen the emergence of what has been described as ‘the heterogeneous citizen’ (Arvanitakis 2009): that is, any possibility of describing a citizenry in a homogenous fashion, if it ever was possible, has now been wiped away. Further, citizenship now must not only be understood from a political perspective, but there are also cultural, social, environmental and economic dimensions.
The aim of this conference is to understand the emergence of the complex, diverse and heterogenous citizen within the contemporary world. This is a citizen who is increasingly asked to carry the risks as an individual as solidarity institutions and the welfare state have receded from the public sphere and frequently lost credibility. A generation of theorists have attempted to understand this flues environment, from TH Marshall’s discussion of citizenship and class, to Ulrich Beck’s risk society, and Engin Isin’s neurotic citizen, each is wrestling with the many changes which have only briefly been touched on here. As such, our starting point is that citizenship studies must take an interdisciplinary perspective, both crossing and combining the political, sociological, cultural, economic and community development academic disciplines to better gauge the developments of the contemporary citizen.
Presentations, papers, performances and artworks are called for, but not limited to, the following topics:
What constitutes the 21st Century Citizen?
In this way, we need to look beyond the legal and political dimensions and also understand the social and cultural practices of citizenship:
All these dimensions of citizenship are continuously changing: not only because of a changing legal environment, but also cultures changes, from young people experiencing changing transitions to adulthood, to the emergence of new technologies and structural economic adjustments, all influence the way we relate to citizenship.
It is our hope that a number of these interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary dialogues will be ongoing and that ultimately a series of related cross context research projects will be developed. It is also anticipated that these will support and encourage the establishment of useful collaborative networks, and the development, presentation, and publication of research materials.
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The conference is part of the Persons programme of research projects. It aims to bring together people from different areas and interests to share ideas and explore various discussions which are innovative and exciting.
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