Am announcement about the first symposium of the Oecumene research programme, based in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the OU and headed-up by Engin Isin, is pasted below, and here are further details of the programme, a call for papers, and details of the associated PhD School:
The Oecumene project is pleased to announce its first Symposium
Citizenship after Orientalism
6-11 February 2012, The Open University, Milton Keynes
The Symposium will include:
A Conference ‘Opening the Boundaries of Citizenship’ [6-7 February],
An International PhD School ‘Tracing Colonialism and Orientalism in Social and Political Thought’ [8 February],
A series of workshops addressing specific topics on critical new ways of conceptualising citizenship [9-11 February].
Keynote speakers: Judith Butler (University of California, Berkeley), Paul Gilroy (LSE), Bryan Turner (CUNY), Engin Isin (The Open University).
PhD School Conveners: Ian Almond (Georgia State University), Roberto Dainotto (Duke University).
The first Symposium will explore what it means to open up the boundaries of citizenship. How can we give an account of other ways of being political? Which political practices have been rendered inarticulable as political by exclusionary ideas of citizenship? These questions seem most relevant today, in light of the contemporary re-articulation of orientalist and colonial projects, the increasing popular discontent towards renewed exclusionary logics, and the contested meanings of democratic politics across boundaries.
The call for papers and applications are now open.
For further details please see the files attached or visit our website: http://www.oecumene.eu