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Opening a conversation about statelessness, governance, and the problem of citizenship - in the Commonwealth and beyond

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The lead up to the Commonwealth Games is an ideal moment to reflect upon citizenship in Commonwealth countries and beyond. In this series of collaborative workshops, scholars in Commonwealth and other countries around the globe will engage with a diverse audience to discuss ‘the problem of citizenship’.

We will look at how citizenship policies can effectively ‘displace people in place’. Without moving, individuals are turned into outsiders within their home societies, often becoming subject to migration controls. Histories of colonialism and decolonisation contribute to this reality. This presents a challenge to the realisation of the core Commonwealth principles of consensus and common action, mutual respect, inclusiveness, transparency, legitimacy, and responsiveness. This is a challenge that we seek to address. We hope that you’ll join us.

This event coincides with the publication of a new book from Manchester University Press: Statelessness, Governance, and the Problem of Citizenship. The speakers and facilitators are drawn from among the contributors to the book project.

When you sign up, you’ll be asked which workshops and activities you plan to attend. You are welcome to attend as many or as few as you like. You are encouraged to actively participate in the events. You can do this by joining discussions during the workshops, on social media and in the Forum for Global Challenges Mobilities and Migration online community, where we will also be sharing resources ahead of the event.

The Forum for Global Challenges seeks to develop solutions to the pressing challenges of climate change and inequalities. The inaugural conference will be held in Birmingham in May 2022.

The event will include both workshops and complementary activities. Information about complementary activities will be added shortly. See below for details about the workshops.

Workshop 1: What does it mean for citizenship to be weaponised?

[11:00 day1 EST; 16:00 day1 GMT; 03:00 day2 AEDT]

Jamie Chai Yun Liew, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa, Canada

Lindsey Kingston, Associate Professor in International Human Rights, Webster University, United States

Haqqi Bahram, Doctoral Candidate, Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society, Linköping University, Sweden

Bart Klem, Senior lecturer in Peace and Development, Gothenburg University, Sweden

(facilitator: Tendayi Bloom, Lecturer in Politics and International Studies, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom)

Workshop 2: What does it mean for citizenship to be fetishised?

[17:00 day1 EST; 20:00 day1 GMT; 07:00 day2 AEDT]

Jan Lukas Buterman, Transgender Activist and Doctoral Candidate, University of Alberta, Canada

Natalie Brinham, Doctoral Student, Queen Mary University of London, United Kingdom

Nataliia Kasianenko, Assistant Professor in Political Science, California State University Fresno, United States

Yoana Kuzmova, Lawyer specialising in Immigration, Citizenship, and Refugee Law, Boston, United States

(facilitator: Tendayi Bloom, Lecturer in Politics and International Studies, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom)

Workshop 3: What does it mean to live without citizenship?

[23:00 day1 EST; 04:00 day2 GMT; 15:00 day2 AEDT; the workshop will last 1-1.5hrs]

Janepicha Cheva-Isarakul, Lecturer in Social and Cultural Studies, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

Maarja Vollmer, Senior Analyst specialising in Migration and Fundamental Rights, Civitta Estonia

Karina Gareginovna Ambartsoumian-Clough, Founding Member of United Stateless, United States

Pefi Kingi, Pacific Indigenous language activist

(facilitator: Tendayi Bloom, Lecturer in Politics and International Studies, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom)

Workshop 4: How should the problem of citizenship be addressed?

[06:00 day2 EST; 11:00 day2 GMT; 22:00 day2 AEDT]

Pragna Paramita Mondal, Doctoral Candidate, University of Calcutta, India

Edwin Abuya, Associate Professor, University of Nairobi School of Law, Kenya

Ekaterina E, Founding Member of United Stateless, United States

Melissa Schnyder, Professor of International Relations and Global Security, American Public University, United States

(facilitator: Tendayi Bloom, Lecturer in Politics and International Studies, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom)

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