Transdisciplinary Areas of ExcellenceCitizenship, Rights and Cultural Belonging

Citizenship has long derived from membership in a polity, yet citizens often associate through laws, norms, and non-governmental organizations that supersede or conflict with those of states. Competing social contracts produce tension among individuals and groups, and between individuals, groups and authorities. In this context individuals and groups have long been mobilizing claims to citizenship and to rights, to enable them to fashion belonging, preserve their heritage or forge new personal identities.

Claims to rights, whether by individuals or groups, are rooted in the cultural fabrics of peoples. They are double-edged. They enhance assertions of equality and demands for fairness. They also divide people, generate dissent and sometimes conflict, contribute to inequalities, and even determine survival.

This area of excellence seeks new understandings of the ideas of citizenship, rights and cultural belonging and supports inquiries that emphasize their cultural, ethnic, gendered, sexual, biological and transnational facets.

Committee membership includes: Bat-Ami Bar On (chair, philosophy, Judaic studies, IASH), Lubna Chaudhry (human development), David Cingranelli (political science), John Frazier (geography), Douglas Holmes (anthropology), Joe Keith (English), Sonja Kim (Asian and Asian American studies), Ricardo Larémont (political science, sociology), Michael McDonald (political science), Jay Newberry (geography), Solomon Polachek (economics), Nadia Rubaii (public administration), Jean Quataert (history), Susan Strehle (English, Graduate School), Wendy Wall (history) and Mary Youssef (classical and Near Eastern studies).

Conference postponed until fall

The Citizenship, Rights and Cultural Belonging conference, originally scheduled for March 8, 2014, is being rescheduled to the fall 2014 semester.

Given the tremendous amount of time faculty across all schools and departments are devoting to the 55 faculty searches under way, the Steering Committee believes postponing the conference until the fall will provide appropriate time for faculty to participate in and attend the conference and contribute to and learn about the TAE and its three research themes: movement, place and conflict; human rights; and citizenship and belonging.

More information will be forthcoming and distributed as it becomes available.


Last Updated: 2/12/14