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CfP: Theories and Practices of Citizenship in the New Balkan States, Edinburgh, 24-25.6.2010

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  • Ljubica Spaskovska
    *Call for Papers:* *Conference: “Theories and Practices of Citizenship in the New Balkan States”* * * *Where*: Edinburgh (School of Law, the University of
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      *Call for Papers:*

      *Conference: “Theories and Practices of Citizenship in the New Balkan States”*

      * *

      *Where*: Edinburgh (School of Law, the University of Edinburgh)

      *When: *June 24-25, 2010

      The CITSEE project (The Europeanisation of Citizenship in the Successor States of the Former Yugoslavia – see below for more information) is organising a conference on “Theories and Practices of Citizenship in the New Balkan States” on June 24-25, 2010 at the University of Edinburgh.

      The principal goal of the conference is to bring together the leading experts in the field to present and discuss high-quality comparative studies related to the general theme of citizenship in the new Balkan states (i.e.  new states that emerged in South East Europe after the break-up of Yugoslavia in 1991). We seek to obtain contributions tackling theoretical issues related to citizenship in the former Yugoslavia and its successor states, actual and historical practices of citizenship in the region—ranging from inter-war Yugoslavia, socialist Yugoslavia to Yugoslavia’s break-up and formation of the new states throughout the 1990s and the 2000s—Europeanisation of the citizenship policies in the region and the general impact of the EU integration perspective as well as less-researched areas such as relationship between citizenship and gender, social movements, education, urbanism, civil society, culture, literature, film etc.

      Some of the main themes discussed at the conference would include:

      •        the status of citizens of the former SFRY Republics residing in other Republics then their own at the moment of independence;

      •        dual and plural nationality and the multilevel and complex nature of citizenship in the context of both SFR of Yugoslavia and the successor states, including policies on diasporas and kin-state nationals;

      •        citizenship, political participation and civil society, including the granting or denial of political rights for resident non-nationals and non-resident nationals, the role of political parties and other civil society organisations;

      •        citizenship, minority groups and gender issues, with a particular focus on the Roma;

      •        citizenship and mobility, including visa liberalisation, the role of EU citizenship, and the historical legacy of former policies on citizenship on current patterns of mobility and migration.

      The number of available places is limited. We would welcome original proposals pertinent to the above-mentioned topics from already established scholars, early career researchers or advanced PhD students.

      Please send an abstract (max. 500 words) as well as a short bio note by 15 November 2009 to citsee@... <mailto:citsee@...>.

      Successful paper-givers will be notified by 15 December 2009.

      The organiser will cover reasonable travel expenses and the accommodation of selected paper-givers. Some additional places may be available at the Conference for participants paying their own travel and accommodation.

      For further information, please contact the CITSEE team by email, citsee@... <mailto:citsee@...> or visit our website at

      www.law.ed.ac.uk/citsee/ <http://www.law.ed.ac.uk/citsee/>

      * *

      _More about the CITSEE project_:

      The CITSEE (The Europeanisation of Citizenship in the Successor States of the Former Yugoslavia) is a study of the citizenship regimes of the seven successor states of the former Yugoslavia (Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Slovenia). It is funded by an Advanced Investigator Award for basic research by the European Research Council and runs for five years from 1 April 2009.

      After 1991, as Yugoslavia began to disintegrate, new states emerged alongside each other, each with their own citizenship regimes determining who was a ‘citizen’ and therefore had the privileges of citizenship (residence rights, welfare rights, property rights, political rights, etc.). CITSEE examines these regimes against the background of Europeanisation, focusing in particular on the enlargement and related policies of the European Union, but also other the impact of other international regimes such as the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, and other aspects of the work of the Council of Europe, such as the Venice Commission.

      Most studies of citizenship in the former Yugoslavia date from the 1990s, and are descriptive in character. CITSEE will provide the first fully comparative and contextualised study, drawing its methods from the disciplines of law and political science.

      CITSEE’s researchers are not attempting to supply answers as to ‘best’ or ‘worst’ practices in relation to citizenship regimes, or to evaluate the impact of Europeanisation as negative or positive. But such an evaluative study is intended to be of interest not only to researchers, but also to non-governmental organisations and to policy-makers in the region, in the EU institutions, and in other international institutions. It fills in many gaps in our current knowledge and it will provide an enhanced evidence basis for policy development in the future.

      CITSEE involves a large multi-national and multi-disciplinary group of researchers based at the University of Edinburgh, led by Jo Shaw (Salvesen Chair of European Institutions) and Igor Štiks (Postdoctoral Fellow).

      CITSEE’s main activities include:

         * Events, in Edinburgh and elsewhere, including visiting speakers,
           conferences and workshops (CITSEE Dialogues)
         * Fellowship and outreach programmes
         * Publications including monographs, edited volumes, journal
           articles and a Working Paper series
         * Dissemination of our research results in an innovative way in the
           region and elsewhere in Europe    * User-friendly webpages that will reach beyond academic community
           towards wider audiences including regularly updated blogs, links,
           news and galleries 

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