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Bio-Notes Plenary Speakers


Mieke Bal is a cultural theorist and critic, is Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences Professor (KNAW). She is based at the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA), University of Amsterdam. Her areas of interest range from biblical and classical antiquity to 17th century and contemporary art and modern literature, feminism and migratory culture. Her many books include A Mieke Bal Reader (2006), Travelling Concepts in the Humanities (2002) and Narratology (3d edition in press). Mieke Bal is also a video-artist, her experimental documentaries on migration include A Thousand and One Days; Colony and the installation Nothing is Missing. Her work is exhibited internationally. Occasionally she acts as an independent curator.

www.miekebal.org


Nina Glick Schiller is the Director of the Research Institute for Cosmopolitan Cultures at the University of Manchester, UK and. an Associate of the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Germany. Founder of the journal Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power, her work on migration explores transnational processes, unequal globalization, the rescaling of cities, long distance nationalism, methodological nationalism, ethnicity, racialization, religion, and social citizenship. .Her books include George Woke Up Laughing: Long Distance Nationalism and the Search for Home; Nations Unbound, Towards a Transnational Perspective on Migration: and the forthcoming Locating Migration: Rescaling Cities and Migrants:


Engin F Isin holds a Chair in Citizenship and Professor of Politics in Politics and International Studies (POLIS) at the Faculty of Social Sciences, the Open University. He is also director of the Centre for Citizenship, Identities, Governance (CCIG) at the Faculty of Social Sciences. He is the author of Cities Without Citizens: Modernity of the City as a Corporation (Montreal: Black Rose Books, 1992), Citizenship and Identity with Patricia K. Wood (London: Sage, 1999) and Being Political: Genealogies of Citizenship (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2002). He has written numerous journal articles and book chapters as well as delivering public lectures. His most recent books are co-edited with Bryan S. Turner and Peter Nyers, Citizenship between Past and Future (London: Routledge, 2008) and with Greg Nielsen, Acts of Citizenship (London: Zed, 2008).  Professor Isin is currently engaged with three different, though related, ‘genealogical investigations’: (i) concerning ‘oriental citizenship and justice’ with a focus on the Islamic and Ottoman institution, waqf; (ii) concerning ‘acts’ especially as it pertains to those acts that constitute subjects as claimants of justice; and, (iii) concerning ‘governing affects’ with a focus on the role of mobilizing emotion in politics. Professor Isin’s website dedicated to his photography and blogs is at http://www.enginfisin.eu.


Ghassan Hage is Future Generation Professor of Anthropology and Social Theory at the University of Melbourne. His research interests include intercultural relations, migration and nationalism from a comparative and global perspective with a particular interest in Lebanon and Australia. His work includes White Nation (Routledge 2000) and Against Paranoid Nationalism (2003). He is currently working on migration and political emotions.


Michael Keith is a Professor in Sociology and the Head of the CUCR. His research focuses on representation of the city in relation to urban policy, race and racism, and policing. He has published, amongst others, Race, Riots, and Policing: Lore and Disorder in a Multi-racist Society (UCL Press 1993).


Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett is University Professor, Professor of Performance Studies, and Affiliated Professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University. She is currently chairing the Core Exhibition Development Team of the Museum of the History of Polish Jews, in Warsaw, Poland. Her books include Destination Culture: Tourism, Museums, and Heritage, and Image before My Eyes: A Photographic History of Jewish Life in Poland, 1864-1939, with Lucjan Dobroszycki. They Called Me Mayer July: Painted Memories of a Jewish Childhood in Poland before the Holocaust, a collaboration with her father, Mayer Kirshenblatt, won the 2008 Canadian Jewish Book Award. She is also the recipient of the 2008 Foundation for Jewish Culture Award for lifetime achievement and the 2008 Mlotek Prize for Yiddish and Yiddish Culture.


Scott Lash is a professor of sociology and cultural studies at Goldsmiths College, University of London. He took a BSc as in Psychology from the University of Michigan, MA in Sociology from Northwestern University, and PhD from the London School of Economics (1980). Lash began his teaching career as a Lecturer at Lancaster University where he became Professor in 1993. He moved to London in 1998 to take up his present post as Director for the Centre for Cultural Studies and Professor of Sociology at Goldsmiths College. Lash's work has been particularly influential in sociology and cultural studies. His books include: Critique of Information, London: Sage, 2002; Recognition and Difference: Politics, Identity, Multiculture (co-ed. with M. Featherstone) London: Sage, 2002; Global Culture Industry: The Mediation of Things, Cambridge: Polity (2005), with C. Lury.


Mary Poovey is the Samuel Rudin Professor of the Humanities and Professor of English at New York University. She is the author of 5 scholarly books, the most recent of which are A History of the Modern Fact: Problems of Knowledge in the Sciences of Wealth and Society (1998) and Genres of the Credit Economy: Mediating Value in Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century Britain (2008).


Nick Stevenson is currently a Reader in Cultural Sociology at the University of Nottingham. Some of his more recent titles have included David Bowie (2006, Polity Press), Understanding Media Cultures 2nd edition (Sage, 2001), Making Sense of Men's Life Style Magazines (with Peter Jackson and Kate Brookes) (Polity, 2001), Cultural Citizenship (OUP, 2003) and Culture and Citizenship (Sage, 2001). He is currently writing a book called education and citizenship.


Abstracts Plenary Speakers
In alphabetical order


Becoming French

Mieke Bal, University of Amsterdam

The lecture develops the idea of cultural citizenship through the questions the film raises: is this little girl tri-national, culturally, or is she rigorously "French"? Is the film, in fact, a documentary on France? Cultural citizenship is more than a sense of heritage and belonging.


The Lecture will be followed by a screening of Becoming Vera


Citizenship Rights and Wrongs: What Can a Transnational Perspective On Migration Contribute to Debates on Citizenship, Religion and Culture?

Nina Glick Schiller, University of Manchester

Much of the debate about migration, citizenship and culture builds on assumptions that are central to nation-state building projects. When these assumptions become foundational to scholarship, they can be said to constitute a form of methodological nationalism that weakens research. This talk argues that by engaging with the transnational social fields of migrants, scholars can provide a critique of the limitations of methodological nationalism and its culturological approach to citizenship. Such a critique also highlights practices, claims, and constructions of citizenship that emerge in specific cities as migrants link those cities to various differentiated fields of power.


Citizenship, Racism and the Sovereignty of the Other

Ghassan Hage, University of Melbourne

The strength of democratic citizenship lies in its capacity to define a mode of belonging to a political community and inhabiting communal space (rights and responsibilities). But it also lies in the way it regulates the subjection to a communal law such as to allow for a space of self-sovereignty. To have a space of self-sovereignty is to have a space where one has a sense of 'ruling over oneself'. In this paper, I want to argue that, rather than in the denial of rights, it is the denial of this capacity to experience a space where one rules over one self that defines the dominant experience of racialisation in the west today.


Rights Cultures

Engin Isin, Open University

Beginning with Hannah Arendt generations of political thinkers have drawn attention to the paradoxical nature of the relation between human and citizenship rights. While the former define rights that all human beings possess by virtue of being human the latter defines rights that arise from belonging to the nation as political community. As Arendt argued, enforcing ‘universal rights of man’ becomes impossible without securing the ‘rights of citizen’. This paradox led to the development of essentially two incompatible conceptions of the relationship: a narrower conception of human rights as ‘basic’ or ‘fundamental’ rights and a broader conception combining both human and citizenship rights. Being unable to address the paradox, both conceptions become irrelevant (with false universalism or ignorant particularism) to changing cultures of claiming rights. This paper invites sociologists to address the problem with a new concept ‘rights cultures’.


Urbanism, Citizenship, Property in Contemporary China

Michael Keith & Scot Lash, Goldsmith, University of London

TBC


New Itineraries: The Making of the Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Post-Communist Poland

Barbara Kirshenblatt Gimblett, University of New York

In the sixty years since the Holocaust and the decimation of once large and vibrant Jewish communities in Europe, sites of memory have proliferated. While those related to the Holocaust—memorials, historic sites, museums—continue to be the focus of travel by those interested in what happened to Europe’s Jews, Jewish museums play an important role in communicating the history of Jews before (and to some degree since) the Holocaust. In recent years, particularly with the fall of Communism, several new Jewish museums, some of them very ambitious, have opened or are being planned, while older ones are undergoing renovation and expansion. Several of them have become icons on the urban landscape, sites of conscience, and focal points of heritage and memorial itineraries.


A fundamental dilemma for Jewish museums and historic sites is their relationship to contemporary Jewish communities in Europe, on the one hand, and to the overwhelming concern of Jewish tourists from the United States, Israel, and elsewhere with Holocaust sites, on the other—to mention only the enormous popularity and perceived success of March of the Living, which brings thousands of Jewish youth to Holocaust sites in Poland. Even as Holocaust memorials and museums continue to be created, there are efforts not only to remember those who died and how they died, but also to honor their memory by paying attention to how they lived and the civilization they created. The most ambitious recent examples include the Jewish Museum (Berlin) and the Museum of the History of Polish Jews, which is scheduled to open in Warsaw in 2011.


Ninety-percent of Poland's Jews perished during the Holocaust and most of Europe's Jews perished on Polish soil. Not surprisingly, Jewish visitors to Poland today have generally confined their itinerary to sites related to the Shoah. Dedicated to telling the story of a millennium of Jewish civilization in Polish lands right up to the ever evolving present, the Museum of the History of Polish Jews, will offer an alternative itinerary, one that leads visitors through what has been described as Poland’s early modern "multicultural" heritage. Where will it take them and what encounters will it engender? What impact will this museum have on the city of Warsaw today? This talk will explore the challenges of creating this multimedia narrative museum on the site of the former Warsaw ghetto and historic Jewish neighborhood of Warsaw, a museum that aims to be a portal, a forum, and a catalyst in the "New Poland."


Foreclosing Citizenship: Some Unforeseen Consequences and Collateral Damage of Subprime Mortgage Lending

Mary Poovey, University of New York

This paper traces some of the effects of the recent meltdown in the global securities market on home ownership and, as an extension, on individuals' sense of belonging to a community and a nation.  While most of my examples come from the U.S., the American

situation may well be a harbinger of developments in the U.K. as well, as mortgages become more difficult to secure and payments on existing loans become more difficult to make. In the paper, I discuss two vectors of the economy's influence on cultural practices of citizenship: first, the increase in numbers of foreclosures demonstrates the impact of the global economy on individuals and their ability (or willingness) to participate in local activities; second, the current credit crisis shows how multiple instances of events that seem individual--like the loss of a job or personal illness--can radiate through economies both local and national, in such a way as to undermine some of the bases of citizenship itself.


Education, Neoliberalism and Cultural Citizenship: Living in ‘X Factor’ Britain 

Nick Stevenson, University of Nottingham

This paper seeks to investigate ideas of cultural citizenship in the context of the recent debates within neoliberalism. In particular I seek to highlight the education debate in context of British society and related discussion in respect of the knowledge economy and concerns about global competition. The idea of the knowledge economy displaces earlier debates in respect of how a critical politics of education might develop within an industrial society. This does not of course mean that cultural studies does not have a valuable set of ideas and traditions to bring to bear in respect of this debate. However as concerns about cultural citizenship have made clear ideas of politics and education also concern popular culture as much as they do educational institutions. In this respect, the paper examines the rise of entrepreneurial programming in the British context that has accompanied the development of academy schools in seeking to remake the identities of modern citizens. However I am cautious about suggesting that the cultural realm can be simply ‘made over’ by these cultural transformations. The paper ends by arguing that cultural studies should ‘re-read’ critical humanist tradition of educational theory while engaging in a wider debate about what we might mean by the good society.

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