Theme

We intend to invite a host of national and international scholars as plenary speakers. Besides panel discussions and plenary presentations, there would be sessions on paper-presentations. Some of the sub-themes have been enlisted below, but clearly it is not an exhaustive list and the scholars have the freedom to dwell upon other liminal aspects of citizenship. The possible sub-themes of the Congress are:

  • Colonialism and the Making of Third World Citizenship
  • Posthumans/ Cyborgs/Aliens as Citizens
  • Migrants and Refugees as Non-Citizen Residents
  • Multiple Citizenships / Multiple Belongings
  • Representation of Dalits and other Subalterns in Literature/ Films
  • Citizenship of the Displaced
  • Literature of the Diaspora
  • The Exclusionary Space of Asylums
  • The Rhetoric and Reality of ‘Second Rate Citizenship’
  • Educating Responsible Citizenship
  • Ethics of Citizenship
  • Aadhaar as a Platform of Citizenship
  • Citizenship Rights of Child Labour
  • Gender Critique of Citizenship
  • The (Un)Reality of Global/Cosmopolitan Citizenship
  • Identity Politics and Its Challenges to Democratic Citizenship
  • LGBTs as Citizens
  • Sex Trafficking
  • Representations of Prisoners
  • Citizenship Rights of the Disable
  • Sacred versus Secular Citizenship
  • Patriotic Citizenship
  • Corporate Citizenship and CSR
  • Ecological Citizenship as Obligation-based Citizenship
  • Sustainable Citizenship
  • Mental Illnesses/ Madness and Normative Citizenship
  • Tolerance as a Virtue of Citizenship
  • Insiders & Outsiders of a Culture
  • Citizenship as Emotional Experience of Belongingness
  • Affective Citizenship
  • Performative Citizenship
  • Psychology of a Citizen
  • The Paradigmatic Citizen
  • Digital/Virtual Citizenship
  • Smart City, Smart Citizens
  • Citizen Journalism
  • Welfare State and Rights-based Citizenship
  • Citizen as Activist
  • Sociology of Bhadralok
  • Ceremonies of Citizenship
  • Idea of Foreignness
  • Regional Disparities and Citizenship
  • Citizenship Rights of the Farmers
  • Citizen-centric Administration
  • New Geographies of Citizenship

The list is deliberately kept long to cover departments of social sciences, laws, languages and management studies within the overarching debate of citizenship.  The Congress would encourage inter-disciplinary papers from scholars of any stream.