Rights and Citizenship: Reconsidering Politics and Law in light of Contemporary Challenges 13.-14. September 2019 FU Berlin, Germany
A basic claim implicit in the idea of Human Rights is that human beings are entitled to certain inalienable rights independent of their nationality, ethnicity, religion, and any other affiliations. However, the challenges faced by immigrants, refugees, stateless people, and citizens of failed states in our times suggest that the link between citizenship and rights should not be ignored. This workshop will investigate the relation between citizenship and rights with the aim of discovering new ways of thinking in approaching humanitarian issues.
The conference includes a show and discussion of documentary “Newcomers” (2018) with director Ma’an Mouslli. The film shows interviews in which refugees talk about their own experiences. Check the film review from the TAZ (in German).
Conference Program Christian Volk (Freie University-Berlin): “Hannah Arendt on Law and Political Order” Commentator: Eyja Margrét Brynjarsdóttir (University of Iceland)
Lilian Alweiss (Trinity College-Dublin): “Arendt on Statelessness” Commentator: Eytan Celik (University of Bayreuth)
Alice Pinheiro Walla (University of Bayreuth): “Towards Cosmopolitan Citizenship: a Philosophical Sketch” Commentator: Aravind Ganesh (Max Planck Institute Luxembourg)
Keynote Speech: Arthur Ripstein (University of Toronto): “Bringing Rights and Citizenship Under law on a globus terraqueus” Commentator: Ewa Wyrębska-Đermanović (University of Bayreuth)
Sorin Baiasu (Keele Univeristy): “The Possibility of Cosmopolitan Rights” Commentator: Nathan Wood (Ghent University)
André Grahle (Ludwig-Maximilians-University-Munich): “Refugees' testimony and responsibilities to act” Commentator: Eugênia Zanchet (University of Bayreuth)
Ma'an Mous (Film): “Newcomers”
Ruhi Demiray (Freie University Berlin): “Rights, Citizenship and Sovereignty: Reflections on Kant and Arendt” Commentator: TBA
Keynote speech: Corinna Mieth (Ruhr University-Bochum): “Some remarks on migration within a Kantian framework” Commentator: Marie Newhouse (University of Surrey)