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IPSA/AISP: 26th World Congress of Political Science

       

Lisbon, Portugal

July 26th to 29th, 2020

PANEL: Citizenship Policies, Multilevel Identity and Globalization: The Future of Nation-States

One of the most characteristic features of modern states, is the peculiar relationship between the people and the power; while in the former eras, this relationship had based upon different principles of subjugation -basically, the sovereign vs. the subjected-, in the modern states this relationship takes place through the institution of citizenship: being citizens implied a given set of duties (obedience to the law, paying taxes etc.) and rights.

In the recent history, also thanks to the balance rights/duties that nation-states could grant, citizenship has become a mighty identity reference: being citizen of a given nation implied a robust cultural structure, a strong historical legacy and a well-defined legal system.

The point is that, currently, Nations States’ autonomy seems to be drastically reducing, especially in front of global issues like financial crises, climate changes, migrations etc. The consequence is affecting the implementation of all the three categories of citizenship rights: one side, elected national administrations are constantly losing their decisional power in front of supranational or transnational entities; on the other, more and more states are hosting big communities of migrants who hold no right to political representation nor legal protection, let alone social and economic rights.

Globalization also affects the social structure of national states’ symbolic dimension, because of ethnical revivals, urban cultural diversity, tourism and educational experiences etc. While both transnational and local identities are emerging, National States seem to have lost their central function in affecting individuals’ self-perception.  

In other words, this is a worldwide phase of transition, which is causing a number of dysfunctions: this panel is centered on the role of social science in coping with these dysfunctions. Welcome are those papers that contribute to shed light on those dysfunctions, such as migration, related social-strains, increase of social marginalization, religious fundamentalism, etc. Furthermore, this panel also call for paper that proposes policy-making strategies to actively solve the issues related to the weakening of Nations-states: e.g. are the recent proposals of Universal Citizenship feasible, and are they suitable for granting rights beyond native citizenships?

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RCSL – SDJ ANNUAL MEETING: Law and Citizenship Beyond the States

 

 

 

 

Lisbon, Portugal

September 10th to 13th, 2018

PANEL: Citizenship between cosmopolitanism and globalization

September 12th, 2018

According to Beck, cosmopolitanism is a “Global sense, a sense of boundarylessness. An everyday, historically alert, reflexive awareness of ambivalences in a milieu of blurring differentiations and cultural contradictions. It reveals not just the ‘anguish’ but also the possibility of shaping one’s life and social relations under conditions of cultural mixture. It is simultaneously a skeptical, disillusioned, self-critical outlook”    (Beck U. 2006, Cosmopolitan Vision, Cambridge, and Polity Press).  In other words, a cosmopolitan way of life is the necessary consequence of a globalized world, where the Lebenswelt more and more depends on immaterial and disembedded (Giddens, The consequences of modernity, 1991) processes. In such a context, more and more individuals are developing self-representations and life-styles characterizing by weak local ties and high rates of mobility, both geographical and professional. Also due of the growing flows of migrants and refugees, the need is strong for supranational norms (such as the case of European Union) that grant the opportunity for individual to move across different areas of the world, beyond national legislations. This entails deep changes in the notion of citizenship, whose traditions link with nation-states sounds more and more anachronistic. This panel welcomes theoretical reflections, case studies, empirical research or scenario analyses on law-making and policy modelling processes related to the evolution of the norms on citizenship into a cosmopolitan and global direction. It aims to analyze some social changes derivatives on globalization process, their interdependence and global consequences. More in details, the focus will be the concept of citizenship and its evolution since the Call of the Berlin Wall. The processes of definition of citizens are always more dependent on models, patterns relationships and situations that occur in distant places with respect to the physical space within which their biography is materially lived.

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XIX ISA World Congress of Sociology

 

 

 

 

Toronto, Canada

July 15th-20th, 2018

RC51 – Sociocybernetics

Systemic Science and Multidisciplinarity: New Tools for facing complex problems

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RC12 – Sociology of Law

Towards a global citizenship

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RC07 – Futures Research

Technological and social change: For a multi-disciplinary approach to innovation policies

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Schuman Declaration Day – Conference D’Annunzio Chieti-Pescara University

Pescara, Italy

May 9, 2018

Tanto rumore per nulla? L’UE tra alleanze globali e turbolenze interne

Al di là di alcuni segni di contestazione locale che potrebbero lasciare pensare, ad un primo sguardo, ad una certa instabilità, l’Union Europea (UE) ha stipulato alleanze globali sempre più strategiche come quelle con Canada e Giappone e sta negoziando nuovi trattati ad esempio col Mercosur, in un contesto in cui altri Global Players stanno facendo altrettanto ad esempio sul Transpacifico o tra Canada e Mercosur sotto gli auspici dell’Organizzazione per la Cooperazione e lo Sviluppo Economico (OCSE) e della World Trade Organization (WTO). In sintesi, uno scenario sempre più aperto e globale, in cui contestazioni locali sembrano restare rumore esterno senza assurgere a dignità di mutamento sistemico. Ripensare lo sviluppo socio-economico in relazione all’espansione, prima degli spazi di libera circolazione e poi di estensione della cittadinanza, sembra essere la cifra dello scenario dei Global Players in cui la UE sta collocandosi, tra alleanze globali e turbolenze interne. Anche laddove un certo antagonismo tra Global Players sembra essere una causa importante delle turbolenze interne, queste stesse scompaiono con l’alleanza globale: tanto rumore per nulla.

13th Conference European Sociological Association (ESA)

 

 

 

 

 

Athens, Greece

August 19th to September 1st, 2017

RN15 – Global, transnational and cosmopolitan sociology

Towards global citizenship

This work analyzes some social changes derivatives on globalization process, their interdependence and global consequences.  More in details, the focus of this paper is the concept of citizenship and its evolution.  The processes of definition of citizens are always more dependent from models, relationships and situations that occur in distant places with respect to the physical space within which their biography is materially lived. The privileged audience of our citizenship narratives is not necessarily placed in the contexts of our material life and it nor constitute part of networks of our direct relations. Instead, it can be reached in mediated ways and  can be part of a virtual or a spatially imaginative context of reference. The growing interdependence and the contemporary erosion and multiplication of boundaries make it possible to think of oneself as freed from local ties, in constant motion, immersed in global flows that enable remote relationships, the rapid transition from one context to another and the ability to overcome and establish distinctions. They allow individuals to recognize themselves within a cosmopolitan outlook, which could mean: “Global sense, a sense of boundarylessness. An everyday, historically alert, reflexive awareness of ambivalence in a milieu of blurring differentiations and cultural contradictions. It reveals not just the ‘anguish’ but also the possibility of shaping one’s life and social relations under conditions of cultural mixture. It is simultaneously a skeptical, disillusioned, self-critical outlook” (Beck U., 2000)

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