2016-17: Citizenship

Since the inception of public higher education in the United States, the university has been associated with the development of an intellectually empowered citizenry, fit to participate in Republican civic life and, more recently, a cosmopolitan, global community. This Faculty Seminar Series explores the past, present, and future of this connection between self-governance and knowledge, asking questions of the borders, limits, conditions, and possibilities of citizenship. Faculty are encouraged to ask how the scope of citizenship—in the United States or elsewhere—has developed and destabilized over time; how the “right to have rights” (Arendt) has been shaped by the changing powers of the state; how the ability to exclude and demonize others has changed the nature of participatory democracy; how various styles of consent or dissent have marked the vicissitudes of citizenship; and how the problems of inequality and exclusion have altered the nature of self-determination. In particular, the IHR encourages applications from scholars addressing questions that require us to reconsider the meaning of citizenship and its relation to disenfranchisement, exploitation, or social change.