Well, hello Australia.
I arrived in Australia via the IPSA Conference 2018, in Brisbane, where I presented a brief version of my paper entitled Integration, Dis-integration and Citizenship in a Troubled European Union and interacted with many of the other great scholars at that conference. There was a great turnout for our panel on Brexit and EU citizenship organised by the IPSA RC3 on European Unification. I also took the opportunity to travel up the river to Queensland Law School, where I saw their great ‘refurb’ of the Law Building. It will be interesting to compare with Old College once it’s reopened.
After decompression in rural Queensland, I’m now ‘on tour’, mainly around Australia, and latterly in Singapore. Here are the details of the main presentations I’m making. I’ll post more details as I get them (plus occasional photographs). Anyone who is interested in attending something for which there are missing details below is welcome to email me (email@example.com) and I will put them in touch with the organisers.
- I’ll be at Sydney Law School as a Research Mentoring Scheme Visitor, at the invitation of Rayner Thwaites and Elisa Arcioni. I’ll be doing a lunchtime staff seminar on 8 August on Integration, Dis-integration and Citizenship in a Troubled European Union and participating in a Citizenship Workshop with Elisa and Rayner and other scholars working in the field of citizenship from 9am — 1pm on 10 August. The main task of the workshop is to explore what it means in terms of citizenship to shift from a settler colonial society to ‘modern citizenship’. I’ll post my reflections on the workshop in a later blogpost. Whilst in Sydney, I’m looking forward to meeting colleagues with related research interests not only at the University of Sydney, but also neighbouring institutions such as the University of New South Wales and the University of Western Sydney.
- My second port of call is Canberra, and specifically the ANU College of Law. There I plan to participate in a workshop for HDR (i.e. PhD) students, as well as to give a paper, organised jointly between the College of Law and the ANU National Europe Centre, again on the topic of Citizenship in a Troubled European Union (Tuesday 4 August 11.30am).
- Onwards from Canberra to Melbourne, where there are a number of clusters of academics in the field of citizenship studies at different universities. My visit takes in the world famous Melbourne Law School, where I’m giving a paper within the Centre for Comparative Constitutional Studies ‘brown bag’ programme entitled “Citizenship and constitutional law: reflections on a complex relationship”. I’m beginning the process of working the introduction to this recently published collection of papers into a freestanding article, which I hope to publish. It’ll be interesting to present a paper which includes a case study on Australian citizenship to experts in the field, as well as comparatists… I’ll need to be on my mettle.
- Whilst in Melbourne, I’m also pursuing my interdisciplinary interests by visiting the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalization, and giving a paper on Citizenship Regimes in Times of Crisis on 21 August.
- The following day, Wednesday 22 August, I’ll be at the Faculty of Law at Monash, presenting on Citizenship Regimes: Understanding Citizenship in Global Perspective in a lunchtime seminar.
- After a few days off to meet some Australian family, I’ll then be in Adelaide for a few days, visiting Flinders Law and also participating in a roundtable forum at the University of Adelaide with colleagues on “Citizenship law, policy and theory”, organised by Alexander Reilly of Adelaide Law School and Tiziana Torresi of the School of Politics and International Studies. We’ve got a big agenda in front of us, including…
Criteria for citizenship –citizenship tests, length of residency, integration requirements? Should the civil, political and social rights of citizens and permanent residents differ? What is the extent of differentiation? Can transnationally mobile societies be organised democratically as communities of equal citizens? Ought temporary residents be granted a pathway to citizenship after a certain period of residence? Are different systems of rights necessary alongside citizenship rights to protect and represent mobile individuals who do not wish to settle permanently and live across multiple social and political spaces? What challenges does the rise of authoritarian populism present to democratic citizenship? Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander citizenship in Australia — what does it look like? Is citizenship becoming more or less cosmopolitan in the 21st century?
That’s the end of the presentations in Australia, although I will be meeting up with some colleagues at the University of Western Australia in Perth right at the beginning of September. The touring then moves on to Singapore where there will be presentations at the Singapore Management University in the Law School and in the Centre for Asian Legal Studies of the National University of Singapore on 5 and 7 September respectively. At NUS I will be presenting on Understanding Citizenship Regimes: Global and Asian Perspectives and at SMU, my focus will be on the constitutional dimension of citizenship.
But already my life is complete. During the decompression time in rural Queensland, I got to bottlefeed orphaned joeys, as the B&B we were staying at had a mini-wildlife sanctuary attached. I cannot imagine anything more cute.