Remember to send your paper proposal for participating in our workshop in Pisa!

Remember to send your paper proposal for participating in our workshop in Pisa!

Remember to send your paper proposal for participating in our workshop in Pisa!

ECPR Joint sessions of workshops. Pisa 24th – 28th April 2016

Call for papers

Postnational challenges and tensions between citizenship and nation-state

Workshop director: Katja Mäkinen, postdoctoral researcher, University of Jyväskylä, Finland

Workshop co-director: Joe Turner, university teacher, University of Sheffield, UK

Understood as the link between a sovereign political community and the individual, citizenship has served as a contested arena of social, legal and political struggles (Marshall 1950). It has had a particularly strong association with nation-states, where concepts of nationalism, national unity and citizenship have become interchangeable (Bauböck 1994).

However, this association is becoming obsolete due to the increasing internal diversity of states caused by processes like globalisation, migration and pluralization of identities. In the context of European Union, the objective of ‘bringing Europe closer to its citizens’ seems to require the “dismantling of the nation-state and its associated ideologies of nationalism” (Shore 1993: 787). Alternatives to the ‘national’ model of citizenship emerge, such as cosmopolitan or ‘post-national’ conceptions (Benhabib 2006; Soysal 1996; Bellamy and Warleigh 1998; Delanty 2002) or constitutional patriotism (Habermas 1997; Laborde 2002; Laborde 2007). Some see citizenship as a relational ‘act’, involving also statelessness and non- citizenship (Isin & Nielsen 2008). Yet, neither nation-states nor national(ist) ideas nor national citizenships have disappeared. In fact, they continue to serve as a tool for demarcation between people (Skey 2011).

In this workshop we focus on the tension that characterises the association between citizenship and the nation-state today. We wish to move away from nation-states as the primary framework of citizenship and, instead, consider current practices across various scales and contexts in order to grasp complexities and challenges of contemporary citizenship and its relation with nation-state. The aim is to gain new understanding on different forms of political subjectivity and political participation and the shifting boundaries and intersections of ‘imagined communities’.

Suggested paper themes include but are in no way limited to the following:

  • How non-citizens/migrants/asylum seekers claim rights
  • Solidarities and identities that complicate national border
  • Different conceptions of citizenship (eg. sexual, imperial, reproductive, digital)
  • Nationalism and citizenship
  • The persistence of nationalism, sovereignty and the nation-state


Please send your paper proposal no later than 1st December through the form available at the ECPR website. If you have any further questions, please email Marcia Taylor at Please note that paper proposals sent directly to workshop directors will not be considered.


Funding is available for Joint Sessions attendees from Full member institutions in 1st October 2015-18th January 2016. Further information at and from Marcia Taylor at mtaylor(at)


The format of the Joint Sessions of Workshops, unique to the ECPR, has made them a leading forum for substantive discussion and collaboration between political science scholars from across the world, at all stages of their career. They are now recognised as one of the major highlights of the world’s political science calendar. In 2016, the Joint Sessions will take place in Pisa, Italy, hosted across three universities – Scuola Normale Superiore, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna and the University of Pisa. Workshops are closed gatherings of 15-20 participants. Topics of discussion are precisely defined, and only scholars currently working in the Workshop’s field, and with a Paper or research document for discussion, are invited to participate. Participants may attend only one Workshop, and must stay for the duration of the event. This format ensures intensive collaboration and thorough discussion. Further information:

Paper deadline 1st December 2105 – You need a My ECPR account.

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