The End of Citizenship?

21 November 2016

Citizenship has been one of the central idea(l)s of modern political thought. By combining rights, membership in a political community and political participation many considered the endowment of all those subjected to a political and/or social order with citizenship as a necessary and possibly even sufficient condition for the legitimacy of the order. With the 'republican revival' and the debates on cosmopolitan and radical democracy the last twenty-five years have seen many new attempts to determine essential and less essential elements of citizenship and to locate it within, between and beyond the state. At the same time citizenship, claims to citizenship and criticisms of citizenship have become a key object in political and social struggles in many parts of the world – leading to studies and theories questioning the ideal and practice of citizenship and its historical dependency on Western thought and institutions from multiple perspectives.

This workshop reviewed these developments and criticisms with regard to the idea and function of citizenship and especially the future of theories of citizenship and/or theories of legitimacy/democratic theories attributing a major role to citizenship. It was organized by Andreas Niederberger (University of Duisburg-Essen), Isabelle Aubert (Université de Paris 1 / Panthéon-Sorbonne), Galya Ruffer (Northwestern University), and Christine Unrau (Head of Research Unit 2 of the Centre)

Date: 21 November 2016
Venue: Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research (KHK/GCR21), Schifferstraße 44, 47059 Duisburg