Re-making citizenship: social security and refuge beyond the state
Nicki Kindersley (University of Cambridge)
Mohamed Bakhit (University of Khartoum)
Surer Mohamed (University of Cambridge)
Social Anthropology
Appleton Tower, Lecture Theatre 1
Wednesday 12 June, 14:15-15:45, 16:15-17:45

Short abstract:

How have people built communities of social security, economic opportunity, and political possibility beyond or despite state structures and borders? This panel examines historic and current translocal and diasporic networks and communities, and the societies, securities, and orders they create.

Long abstract:

This panel looks at how people build alternative networks of social security, investment, education, and community order beyond state or international legal regimes of protection and citizenship, to protect themselves from violent presents and uncertain futures. These include transnational religious movements, ethno-local diasporic communities and their investments in international business, and politics, and other new forms of citizenship, mutuality, and political community forged in urban settlements and refuges. The panel invites contributions focused on the pre-colonial to the contemporary era, drawing together scholars from across citizenship, migration, history and diaspora studies, to deconstruct what 'resilience', 'community' and 'security' can mean (or can be achieved) for people navigating violent political orders and multiple legal regimes, predatory armed powers, and societal and ecological disaster. Part of a Volkswagen Stiftung funded project focused on 'Identity, Nationality and Citizenship', led by Mohamed A. G. Bakhit at the University of Khartoum, this panel invites researchers to discuss future research, new ideas and innovative methodologies.