Tuesday 6 November 2012
Speaker: Professor Andreas Kalyvas
Discussant: Dr Ayça Çubukçu
Chair: Professor Chetan Bhatt
Suggested Twitter hashtag for this event: #LSEKalyvas
The increase of irregular migration over the last two decades has led to new forms of political contestation that directly question the juridical framework of the nation-state and its institution of citizenship. Rebellions in detention camps, hunger strikes, sits-ins and occupations, demonstrations, riots and clashes with law enforcement, have given rise to a new political phenomenon: the irregular migrant in action, in active civic participation, associated with others, acting in concert, politicized, and confrontational. This event will explore this politicization of irregular migrants and discuss the rise of the stateless citizen as the paradigmatic form of cosmopolitan citizenship.
Andreas Kalyvas is an associate professor of politics at the New School for Social Research and a chief co-Editor of Constellations. He is the author of Democracy and the Politics of the Extraordinary: Weber, Schmitt, Arendt (Cambridge University Press 2008) and the co-author of Liberal Beginnings: Making a Democracy for the Moderns (Cambridge University Press 2008). He is currently working on two book projects: one on the intersecting trajectories of dictatorship and tyranny in Western political theory and another on the constituent power and radical democratic politics. In 2009-2010, Kalyvas was a Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Fellow at Princeton University and currently he is a visiting research professor at the University of Barcelona, Spain.
Ayça Çubukçu is lecturer in Human Rights at the Department of Sociology and the Centre for the Study of Human Rights.
Chetan Bhatt is Director of the Centre for the Study of Human Rights.
An audio recording of the event is available here