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Workshop-Report: East African Perspectives on Citizenship

Workshop: East African Perspectives on Citizenship. Plenum in Base, April 22nd 2024
© Zeynep Şenbabaoğlu

On 22nd and 29th April 2024 the "Citizenship in times of change: East-African perspectives" was held as a collaborative effort between the Arnold-Bergstraesser-Institute, the Africa Centre for Transregional Research of the University of Freiburg, and the Basel Institute on Governance and Centre for African Studies from the University of Basel, to deepen understanding on the topic and promote cross-border discussion amongst colleagues.

The two-part workshop centered on the temporal dimensions of fluctuating citizenship, affected by crisis, violent conflict and refoundations of polities, which offer opportunities for mobilization (or resistance), but also potentially new constraints on civil rights. It also explored how denial of citizenship and civil rights during conflicts or occupation influences migration decisions and experiences, alongside how citizenship can change due to constitutional
revisions or shifts in regional structures. From various disciplines and foci, this workshop brought together reflections on citizenship in times of change.

Read and download the full report here (PDF).

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