Oecumene: Citizenship after Orientalism

The website for the Oecumene research project based at The Open University, led by Engin Isin, is now up and running. The project has its own blog, and you can sign up as an ‘Oecumene Affiliate’ to keep up to date and become involved.

This is how the project is described:
“Oecumene: Citizenship after Orientalism focuses on the tension between two different institutions: citizenship, the process by which belonging is recognised and enacted, and orientalism, the process by which European political institutions are considered originary and primary. What connects citizenship to orientalism is that citizenship has been historically seen as a Judeo-Christian institution contrasted against Buddhism, Confucianism, Islam, and Hinduism. The project revisits questions of citizenship as political subjectivity in ‘orientalized worlds’ through genealogical investigations without orientalist assumptions. The aim is not only to uncover citizenship practices that remained either invisible or inaudible in other worlds but also to explore the possibilities of a renewed and expanded understanding of European citizenship.”

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