In this lecture, Marie Beauchamps will talk about denaturalization (i.e. the deprivation of citizenship) in the context of the politics of citizenship and nationality in France. Combining research insights from history, legal studies, security studies, and narratology, she demonstrates that the language of denaturalization shapes national identity as a form of formal legal attachment but also, and more counter-intuitively, as a mode of emotional belonging. As such, denaturalization operates as an instrumental frame to maintain and secure the national community. Drawing on case studies from both World Wars, periods during which governments deployed denaturalization as a weapon against “threatening” subjects, she exposes how the language of denaturalization interweaves concerns about immigration and national security. It is this historical backdrop that helps us understand the political impact of denaturalization in contemporary counterterrorism politics, and what is at stake when borders and identities become political weapons.
Date: October 14th, November 18th, December 16th, February 17th, March 23th, April 20th, May 11th, 17h-18h30.
LUCAS Lectures in Media / Arts / Politics is a series of monthly talks in which speakers from various academic backgrounds and in different stages of their careers reflect on diverging ways in which technological and social transformations challenge and transform the cultural and political conditions of our existence.
Time: Every 3rd Wednesday of the month, 17-18:30, LIPSIUS, Leiden University.
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For this semester’s program and details go to:http://www.hum.leiden.edu/lucas/news-events/lectures-media-arts-politics.html