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16:00 - 17:30 27 March 2017

Performative citizenship: democratic and demagogic


IAS Common Ground | Wilkins Building (link Map)
Gower St | London | WC1E 6BT | United Kingdom

Open to: Alumni | Public | Academic | Student
Admission: 0
Ticketing: Open

Speaker information

Professor Engin Isin, Professor of International Politics, Queen Mary and University of London Institute, Engin Isin is Professor of International Politics, Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and University of London Institute in Paris (ULIP). Engin’s research and teaching focus on ‘doing international politics’ – the ways in which people constitute themselves as actors or subjects of international politics through performances, movements, and struggles. Engin holds a bachelor's degree from Middle East Technical University (Turkey) and graduate degrees from the Universities of Waterloo (MA) and Toronto (PhD). He developed an early interest in continental philosophy and was educated as an historical sociologist and political sociologist. He was a professor of social science (1996-2002), Canada Research Chair (2002-2006) at York University, a

The Inaugural Lecture of the “Citizenship, social imagination and collective action" Research Seminar Series outlines a perspective that broadens the conventional view of citizenship as a legal institution by elaborating its performative force. It will argue that a performative perspective on citizenship as making rights claims across multiple social groups and polities reveals its creative and transformative possibilities. Focusing on performative acts or on how people creatively perform citizenship shows how it plays an important role in contesting and constructing citizenship and in attaching meanings to rights. The talk will highlight that those who perform citizenship are not always citizens in the conventional sense of members of a nation-state. Multiple meanings and functions of citizenship in and across multiple polities will be shown as well as how to distinguish democratic citizenship from demagogic citizenship.


Dr Aris Komporozos-Athanasiou
+44 (0) 20 6271 6563 | a.komporozos@ucl.ac.uk