Producing the Future: Citizens by Act

zondag 26 november 2017, 15:00 - 17:00 uur
DAS Graduate School
Overhoeksplein 2
1031 KS Amsterdam

Citizenship is one of the most prominent institutions of our times. At the same time, citizenship is an ambivalent form of identification, and it is not always easy to define who is, and who may be, a citizen. Thinking about citizenship raises questions of belonging and questions of rights. What makes it possible to belong and to claim rights?

This lecture by Marie Beauchamps will address these issues based on Engin Isin’s theory of Acts of Citizenship, in which being a citizen is understood beyond formal state membership. Here, citizenship becomes an active and reactive political way of being with others, where acts of citizenship disrupt socio-historical patterns. The lecture will focus on the historical case of Olympe de Gouges, a writer and feminist during the French Revolution of 1789, whose creative work made her a citizen by act.

The lecture will be followed by a viewing of Aylin Kuryel's documentary "Image Acts", followed by a discussion with the maker.

# Language: English
# Tickets: € 5,-; ticket link:
Please bring cash if you buy a ticket at the door.
# Location: DAS Graduate School, Overhoeksplein 2, Amsterdam 

About Marie Beauchamps 
Marie Beauchamps is a lecturer at the College of Politics, Psychology, Law and Economics (PPLE), Universiteit van Amsterdam. As a researcher, she studies norms of citizenship in the context of immigration and security policies. She contends that juridical norms such as citizenship and nationality are not only formal forms of legal attachment, but especially emotional modes of belonging. 

Producing the Future / Context 
The lecture series Producing the Future, organised by DAS Creative Producing (master in development) of the DAS Graduate School. It invites radical artists and thinkers to address these issues.

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