W009
Marginality, nationalism and citizenship

Convenors:
Vasiliki Neofotistos (SUNY at Buffalo)
Vassiliki Yiakoumaki (University of Thessaly)
Chair:
Vasiliki Neofotistos
Discussant:
Jaro Stacul
Stream:
Workshops
Location:
404
Start time:
27 August, 2008 at 9:00
Session slots:
2

Short abstract:

The workshop examines the ways in which marginalized populations in ethnically diverse societies in contemporary Europe navigate social tensions emerging from the interface between supra-national European citizenship, nation-state citizenship and ethno-national identification.

Long abstract:

This workshop addresses issues of social marginalisation in ethnically diverse societies in contemporary Europe. Specifically, we are interested in examining the ways in which marginalised populations navigate social tensions emerging from the interface between supra-national European citizenship, nation-state citizenship and ethno-national identification. We explore how the mutually reinforced ideologies of exclusion and inclusion within contemporary nation-states can inform constructions of nationality and European citizenship among the marginalised. Through papers rooted in ethnographic detail, the workshop will focus on shared social spaces and practices (for example, shopping, popular music, schools, food, festivals and ceremonies of commemoration) that allow for mutual interests and experiences to emerge in plural societies. Such mutual experiences and the divergent meanings with which they tend to be imbued are important to consider, we suggest, because they are telling of the kinds of relations that the disenfranchised can work out both with the nation-states they inhabit and with Europe as an 'imagined' entity guaranteeing the protection of democracy, equality and human rights. We welcome contributions that draw from ethnographic research in countries of Eastern and Western Europe.