Event: The Evolution of Citizenship in Europe

Author: SCGA
An article from SCGA editorial team. 

Event: ‘The Evolution of Citizenship in Europe’

Date: May & August 2022 (TBC)

Time: TBC

Venue: The University of Glasgow

Organisers: Dr Sarah Dunstan & Dr Rachel Chin

We live in an era when questions concerning citizenship, migration and belonging are at the forefront of contentious national debates around the world.

These debates are only increasing in tenor. Recognising the need for a more informed public and policy debate on these issues, this workshop series will explore the question of citizenship in Europe from a historical and contemporary perspective. It will marshall the expertise of academic experts and practitioners from across Scotland to explore how citizenship, broadly conceived, has been debated and legislated over time. And it will consider the potential impact of recent policy trends concerning citizenship and migration.

This workshop series will be organised in two parts: a one-day academic workshop and a one-day witness seminar. The academic workshop, to be hosted in late May, will showcase academic research exploring citizenship from a wide range of perspectives including race, national identity, gender, security and migration more broadly.

The witness seminar will integrate academic and practitioner experience. ‘Witnesses’ including legal practitioners, NGO representatives and policy experts will draw on their own experiences to speak about citizenship and related questions concerning migration and asylum. Bringing together academics and practitioners to share, discuss and debate a wide range of research findings, perspectives and practical experiences will produce a compelling account of this important historical moment.

The chief outcomes of this event will be:

These workshops will contribute to several fundamental aims of the Scottish Council on Global Affairs. First, they will foster stronger relationships between academic and civil society stakeholders, opening up new opportunities for collaboration. Second, they will, through outputs including a policy paper and a digital exhibition of workshop themes/findings, contribute to a wider and more informed public debate around citizenship, migration and belonging.