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Diverse Europe is hosting its first programme of the new academic year on September 29, 2022. This public event is an opportunity for us to become familiar with the work of two visiting scholars at ACES this year, John Borneman (Princeton University) and Dora Kostakopolou (University of Leuven).

Event details of European Belonging or Membership: What does Citizenship mean?
Date 29 September 2022
Time 16:00 -18:00
Location Roeterseilandcampus - building A
Room Hybrid; REC A2.07

Anthropologist John Borneman's work has engaged with the relation of the state and law to intimacy and practices of care, and with the relation of political identification, belonging, and authority to forms of justice, accountability, and regime change. An expert on European public and social law, Dora Kostakopolou works on citizenship as formal practice with her publications touching on subjects such as human rights and citizenship in the EU. 

The programme has been structured as a discussion, with much room for audience engagement. The event will be chaired by Sudha Rajagopalan, Senior Lecturer in European Studies, with a specialisation in Soviet cultural history and post-Soviet Russian digital cultures.

Both our guests will speak briefly about their research, following which the chair will pose questions to our guests and engage with their work, subsequently inviting questions from the audience. The discussion will draw on our speakers' research to tease out notions of belonging or 'being an outsider' in Europe and examine how these notions may or may not intersect with the discursive parameters of formal European 'citizenship.'

About the speakers

John Borneman is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at Princeton University. He has done ethnographic fieldwork in Germany, Central Europe, Lebanon, and Syria, and been guest professor in Sweden, Norway, France, Germany, and Syria. He has written widely on issues of intimacy, kinship, law, psychoanalysis, and political form. His current research is a longitudinal study of social incorporation of Syrian refugees in Germany. His most recent publication is an edited volume (with Kelly McKowen) Digesting Difference: Migrant Incorporation and Mutual Belonging in Europe, 2020.

Dora Kostakopoulou is the Chair of the Scientific Committee of Fundamental Rights Agency of the European Union and a professor of European Union Law, European Integration and Public Policy at KU Leuven University.

Sudha Rajagopalan (Moderator), Senior Lecturer in European Studies, with a specialisation in Soviet cultural history and post-Soviet Russian digital cultures.

Roeterseilandcampus - building A

Room Hybrid; REC A2.07

Nieuwe Achtergracht 166
1018 WV Amsterdam