Friday, October 01, 2010

The Margins of Citizenship conference

Citizenship is a central concept in normative political philosophy, law, and public policy. It marks out those to whom we owe special attention, those who have the right to determine their society’s shape, and those who can command the full set of entitlements the state makes available. Full citizenship is a highly prized position. Many members of society, however lack the full status of citizenship, because they do not possess the full set of citizenship rights (resident aliens, children, prisoners), and/or because, even if they do, economic forces and social norms tend to push them to the margins. Equal citizenship continues to be the object of social struggle. The object of this conference is to reflect upon the margins of citizenship, investigating the nature of partial citizenship, whether it can be justified, and what it implies for the concept of citizenship itself, as well as allied ideas such as social justice and rights.

Prof. David Owen (Southampton): Citizenship and the Marginalities of Migrants
Dr Peter Ramsay (LSE): Can Prisoners have the Rights of Citizens in a Democracy?
Dr Philip Cook (Leicester): Child-Citizenship, Fairness, and Marginalisation
Dr Kimberley Brownlee (Manchester): A Human Right against Social Deprivation
Roundtable: The Margins of Citizenship
Supported by the Contemporary Political Theory Research Group, Royal Holloway, University of London and the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Leicester.
10 am - 5 pm
Friday 12 November 2010

Royal Holloway, University of London, Central London Campus, 2 Gower Street (entrance on Bedford Square), London, WC1E 6DP. Attendance is free but spaces are limited so if you would like to come please register in advance with Lisa Dacunha, (  For more details please email the conference organisers: Jonathan Seglow ( or Philip Cook (

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