CfP: Conference “Strategic citizenship: Negotiating membership in the age of dual nationality”, Princeton University

Call for Papers: Conference “Strategic citizenship: Negotiating membership in the age of dual nationality”, Princeton University, March 7-8, 2016

Organizers: Pablo Mateos (CIESAS Research Center, Mexico) and Yossi Harpaz (Princeton University, US)

Over the past two decades, there has been a worldwide legitimization of new forms of nation-state membership that challenge traditional conceptions of citizenship premised on the exclusive loyalty and residence. These are, above all, multiple citizenship and non-resident (or external) citizenship. This legal reconfiguration has created new opportunities for individuals and families to strategize their national membership/s, decoupling citizenship and residence, legal status and identity. A series of pragmatic citizenship strategies have emerged at the individual and family levels, aimed at securing additional rights, especially mobility, security and access to economic opportunities. These developments are reopening questions about the meaning of national identity within citizenship and the future of national membership within a stratified global system. New research has begun to emerge which seeks to understand these transformations from a “bottom-up” empirical approach that provides a crucial complement to the “top-down”, state-focused approaches that traditionally dominated the study of citizenship.

This conference brings together researchers working in the context of these new perspectives; by fostering these new discussions, it aims to contribute to the development of a comparative, theoretically-informed approach to external and multiple citizenship practices across different world regions and citizenship regimes.  We are inviting scholars to submit paper proposals that are highly related to the conference topic as expressed in the adjacent abstract. Authors selected by the organising committee will have to submit a full draft paper one month before the conference. An edited book will be published from the contributions to the conference. Some funds will be available to help cover travel and accommodation costs.

Deadline for proposals: September 30th 2015. If you would like to submit a paper proposal, please send an MS Word document to containing:

  •  Name
  • Affiliation
  • Paper title
  • Abstract (300 words) highlighting how it relates to the conference topic.

More information:

Download CfP (pdf.)