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Locating Citizenship: Empire, Nation, Federation
February 28, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Locating Citizenship: Empire, Nation, Federation with Frederick Cooper
Citizenship today, many scholars maintain, is located in nation-states, in communities smaller than the state, and in structures larger than the state. It is rigid and exclusionary or else it is flexible. Some scholars think that the social protections afforded citizens by nation-states is one of the great political achievements of the last century and should be defended against all challenges. Others see a “post-national citizenship” more reflective of the reality of people’s mobile lives. In fact, the ambiguity of where citizenship is located is not particularly new. This talk looks at conceptual issues in the study of citizenship and the historical question of where it has been located.
March 2, 2017
Gelman Library, Room 702
George Washington University
Open to the Public