Bodies on the Edge of Citizenship

  • 01 July 2021
  • 09:00 - 18:00
  • FREE
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This interdisciplinary workshop will explore the role and rhetorics of "citizenship" as they intersect with human bodies

(We will hold this event on Zoom. Full joining instructions and the Zoom link will be sent to you by email near the time.)

This interdisciplinary workshop will explore the role and rhetorics of "citizenship" as they intersect with human bodies, from the display of the body in death to its treatment in the processes of birth. Bodies in motion across boundaries, both literal and conceptual, encounter the "edges" of citizenship - the marginalised edges to which some are pushed, and the cutting edges that define, divide, and frequently deliver harm. Accounting for such practices, and considering their alternatives, remains a crucial task, as the global context continues to heighten inequalities and provoke crises.

As well as a range of papers from scholars across the globe, this event will include keynote contributions from the poet and writer Musa Okwonga and the critical legal scholar Nadine El-Enany. In the middle of the day will be an international round-table on migration involving the contributors to the recent first edition of Discover Society, New Series: <https://discoversociety.org/>.

Registered participants will receive advance access to prepared papers for the panel sessions, permitting more time for interaction on the day.

Programme

0900 Opening remarks and presentation

Olly Gruner and Louis Netter, Portsmouth

Title: Toxic Histories: Covid 19 and Historical Representation [the comic form, visual history-writing, iconography of Covid communication…]

0945 First session

Karolina Rosiejka PhD, University of Fine Arts in Poznan

Title: Dead bodies of the enemies of the system.

Zed Zhipeng Gao, SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow, Simon Fraser University

Title: The Transnational Containment of Bodies and Citizenship Amid the Novel Coronavirus Epidemic.

Pragna Paramita Mondal, PhD Scholar, Women’s Studies Research Centre, University of Calcutta & Assistant Professor, Narajole Raj College, West Bengal, India

Title: Of Legitimate Embodiment and Legit Citizenship: Indian Surrogacy and the Crisis of Belonging.

1045 Break

1100 Migration round table

Nadine El-Enany, Maya Goodfellow, Peo Hansen, Fadhel Kaboub, Lucy Mayblin, Fiona Williams + Portsmouth colleagues.

1300 Lunch break

1430 Afternoon keynote: Musa Okwonga

1515 Second session

Husseina Dinani, Visiting Assistant Professor of History & African Studies, University of Toronto Scarborough

Title: The “Bad Mother” or the “Ideal Citizen”? Rural Women and the Gendered Politics of Nation Building in Post-Independence Tanzania.

Nayan Prabha, PhD Research Scholar, IIT Delhi

Title: Locating Citizenship and Oscillation between Individual and Community Identifications: Construction of the Trans-body in the State Discourse in India.

Farhana Latief, PhD scholar, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

Title: Indian Railways in Jammu and Kashmir: Towards a Gendered Perspective.

1615 Break

1630 Closing keynote: Nadine El-Enany

Date: 1 July 2021 | Thursday

Time: 9:00am - 6:00pm

(We will hold this event on Zoom. Full joining instructions and the Zoom link will be sent to you by email near the time.)

The event will be video recorded. Unless you are a panelist, please turn off your webcam/video during the event to avoid appearing on other people’s screens and on the recording.

Event etiquette:

1. Join the event in a quiet space wherever possible - this will help reduce background noise.

2. Make sure you’re on time. You might not disrupt the presentation by logging in late, but you could miss important information.

3. If you have any question during the event, please put it in the Chat.

4. Your mic will be muted upon entry. Please keep your mic on mute throughout the event unless you’re speaking.

5. The event will be video recorded. Unless you are a panelist, please turn off your webcam/video at all times to avoid appearing on other people’s screens and on the recording.

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