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Margins of Citizenship Conference

Date/Time: Friday 12 November 2010. 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Location: RHUL Bedford Square building, central London.

Citizenship is a central concept in normative political philosophy, law and public policy. It marks out those to whom we owe special attention, those who have the right to determine their society’s shape, and those who can command the full set entitlements the state makes available. Full citizenship is a highly prized position. Many members of society, however lack the full status of citizenship, because they do not possess the full set of rights other citizens have (resident aliens, children, prisoners), and/or because, even if they do, economic forces and social norms tend to push them to the margins. Equal citizenship continues to be the object of social struggle. The object of this conference is to reflect upon the margins of citizenship, investigating the nature of partial citizenship, whether it can be justified, and what it implies for the concept of citizenship itself, as well as allied ideas such as social justice and rights.


Prof. David Owen (Southampton): Citizenship and the Marginalities of Migrants

Dr Peter Ramsay (LSE): Can Prisoners have the Rights of Citizens in a Democracy?

Dr Philip Cook (Leicester): Child-Citizenship, Fairness and Marginalisation

Dr Kimberley Brownlee (Manchester): A Human Right against Social Deprivation

Roundtable: The Margins of Citizenship

Supported by the Contemporary Political Theory Research Group, Royal Holloway, University of London and the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Leicester.

Attendance is free but spaces are limited so if you would like to come please register in advance with Lisa Dacunha, (Lisa.Dacunha@rhul.ac.uk).

For more details please email: Jonathan Seglow (j.seglow@rhul.ac.uk) or Philip Cook (pac20@leicester.ac.uk)


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