The Citizen


What does it mean to be a citizen? Ceremonies, traditions, and border crossings are all part of becoming a citizen. But becoming a citizen entails more than just getting a piece of paper. Citizenship is a complex phenomenon that affects everyone in the world. How individuals as citizens relate to the larger, often inhuman-seeming, political structures of the world is of vital importance. This inter-disciplinary conference will explore the origins and complexities of citizenship, its importance in peace and war, in personal identity, in global culture, and in shaping our future.


The project will assess and explore a number of core themes.

  • History / Representation of Citizenship
  • What it Means to be a Citizen
  • Border Crossings

Related themes will also be identified for development and exploration. Out of our deliberations it is anticipated that a series of related cross context research projects will develop.