14 JULY | IPSA 2021 – Panel ‘Citizenship(s) in an Open World?’

On 14 July, several CEI-Iscte researchers will participate in the 26th World Congress of Political Science (IPSA 2021) in the panel ‘Citizenship(s) in an Open World?’.

The panel will be in closed format, with the presentations and discussion in English. The session will be chaired by Ana Lúcia Sá, with Ines Marques Ribeiro as discussant and panelist, accompanied by Giulia Daniele, Ricardo Falcão and Rui Garrido also as panelists.

Abou the Panel

Starting from the idea that public space is permanently negotiated between groups, what is considered as citizenship(s) is always evolving and changing. The main aim of this panel is to question the correlation between the formal institutions and the concept of citizenship(s) by examining a plurality of definitions, practices, and approaches that go beyond the classic idea of a strict bond between the citizen and the State. Instead, the six papers of this panel focus on the exercise of citizenship rights, and explore diverse facets of the concept in different geopolitical, social and cultural settings.
All the contributions are founded on a critical examination of the meanings of citizenship(s) in the contemporary world. From analysing the adaptive dynamics of the most recent and diverse waves of Brazilian migrants in Portugal and their efforts to legitimise and resignify their identities to questioning intersectional practices that characterise Israeli Mizrahi women activists within the Zionist settler colonial context; from exploring the dynamics of social belonging and exclusion of LGBTQI people in Senegal and sexuality as a form of citizenship to critically examining the notions of citizenship, belonging, and identity embedded in the European Union’s collective efforts to preserve its ontological security; from investigating the duplicity embedded in the idea of community in the context of the Deep Ecology principles at the root of certain post-national movements to explaining how several regimes in Africa have created citizens linked to the ruling parties on the one hand and committed to daily practices of resistance on the other.
Reflecting on these issues means emphasising the importance of dealing with different meanings and practices of citizenship from the margins, and, at the same time, also to redefine the heterogeneous concept of public space. This perspective becomes essential when we focus our researches on citizens outside the normalised majorities, viewing them through lenses such as gender, national, ethnic, class, race, religious, along with eco and alter-globalization activists.


  • Citizens’ Activism, Intersectionality and Israeli Mizrahi Women: From National to Social Struggle(s)
    • Author: Giulia Daniele
  • Codification of Law and Sexual Citizenship : A Comparative Study of Colonial and Subaltern Interventions
    • Author: Kanchan Kumari
  • Sexual Citizenship and Intolerance Towards LGBTQI People: From Citizens to Outlaws
    • Author: Ricardo Falcão
      • Co-Author: Rui Garrido
  • ‘Protecting our European Way of Life’: The Implications of the EU’s Rhetoric for Notions of Citizenship, Belonging, and Identity
    • Author: Ines Marques Ribeiro

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CEI-Iscte (Centre for International Studies) is a university-based multidisciplinary research center at ISCTE - Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (ISCTE-IUL). CEI-Iscte aims at promoting interdisciplinary research in Social Sciences, International Relations and Economy, focusing in its areas of geographic specialisation: Africa, Asia, Europe, and Transatlantic Relations.

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