'Envisaging Citizenship' International Symposium
‘Envisaging Citizenship’ International Symposium
The conditions of citizenship are often taken for granted: a citizen is a legally recognized member of a state or commonwealth, and citizenship permits access to equal civil, political, and social rights. Yet citizenship always implies histories of inclusion and exclusion. And in colonial nations, the history of citizenship is entangled with the ongoing legacies of colonisation. Untangling the cultural construction of citizenship requires looking beyond the legal definition of citizenship to the wider historical processes through which citizenship and its associated ideas of rights and belonging have been imagined, debated, and found form. Images are particularly powerful mediators of these processes, indicating not only how imagined communities have been created, but also how the boundaries of imagined communities can be policed or contested. This international symposium brings together leading scholars, curators and image-makers from Canada, Aotearoa New Zealand and Australia to consider how visual culture has been used to imagine, contest or adapt ideas of citizenship and belonging in the settler nations, and how citizenship and its colonial legacies have been pictured over time. Speakers will address themes of migration and decolonisation, and how image-makers and curators are helping to reconsider the meaning of citizenship and belonging.
Date: Monday 27 November 2023, 8:45am to 5pm.
Venue: The Pavilion, H10, Monash University, Caulfield Campus.
Morning tea, lunch, and afternoon tea provided.