The Birth of Sensory Power and Citizenship

The Birth of Sensory Power and Citizenship

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Keynote lecture by Prof Engin Isin, Queen Mary University of London (QMUL)

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Abstract: Citizenship as an institution of domination and emancipation is performative in the sense that it is an outcome of power. Since the 1980s a new form of power has been gathering force that became briefly visible (and articulable) during the early months of the pandemic in 2020. This is an important moment to revisit different forms of power and their relations to citizenship as political subjectivity and articulate the question on how to understand the relationship between this new form of power – sensory power – and performative citizenship.

Following the lecture, there will be time for Q&A with the speaker.

About the speaker: Engin Isin is Professor of International Politics, Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). His research and teaching focus on doing international politics: the ways in which people constitute themselves as actors or subjects of international politics through performances, movements, and struggles. He holds a bachelor's degree from Middle East Technical University (Turkey) and graduate degrees from the Universities of Waterloo (MA) and Toronto (PhD). He developed an early interest in continental philosophy and was educated as an historical sociologist and political sociologist. Engin is a chief editor of the journal Citizenship Studies and is the editor of a book series Frontiers of the Political with Rowman & Littlefield International. He is the author of many books and articles, including: Being Political: Genealogies of Citizenship, 2002; Citizens Without Frontiers, 2012; and Being Digital Citizens (with Evelyn S. Ruppert), 2015.

About the conference: This keynote lecture is one of two given as part of the international conference, Citizenship in Pandemic Times, 1-14 June 2021. The conference is cosponsored by CNaM Network, the Centre for the Study of Citizenship at Wayne State University and the Centre for Citizenship Civil Society and Rule of Law (CISRUL) at the University of Aberdeen.

Please note that as this is part of an international conference all our events are scheduled in UTC (GMT+0).