The 14th Annual Conference in Citizenship Studies “Violence and Citizenship” is organized by the Wayne State University and will be carried from March 30 – April 1, 2017.
Deliberate use of violence against vulnerable populations includes not only genocide but also the recruiting of child soldiers, wars (civil and international) and the refugee crises spawned by wars, terrorism and counter-terrorism, state sanctioned violence and violence by informal actors, the uses of violence to resist oppression and of non-violence to attain the same goal. Violence in all these forms—the use of it, exposure to it, protection from it, and even the absence of protection from it—has direct influence on the access people do, or do not have to the full rights and benefits of citizenship.
Among the many questions raised by the place of violence in our world: How are rights, obligations, and privileges shaped by uses of violence? In what ways does access to violence among citizens shape experiences of freedom and public power? How do uses of state sanctioned violence shape not only citizens’ relationship to public power but also the way society constitutes and conceives of the state itself?
Panel proposals, individual submissions, and suggestions for book sessions that examine the following topics are welcome:
- Historical (or present, or possible future) changes in the role of state sanctioned violence;
- Matters related to uses of violence in citizen insurgency;
- Accounts of the impact of genocide on the social and political constructions of citizenship;
- Theories of citizenship that critically engage the dynamics of violence, sovereignty , and citizenship;
- Relationships between violence and leadership, authority, power, or responsibility;
Limited scholarships for international scholars are available.
Deadline for applications is September 30, 2016.
Further information can be found here.