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New Frontiers of Citizenship and Democracy. A conference in honour of Rainer Bauböck

Rainer BauböckCitizenship and democracy are core concepts in the study and theory of politics, yet the understanding of both is as unsettled as ever. In an age characterised by migration and globalisation as well as a nationalist backlash against these phenomena, how should we understand the status of citizenship as membership in a polity? And who should be given a say in the democratic procedures that govern them?

These questions have been at the centre of Rainer Bauböck’s academic endeavours for almost three decades. This conference will bring together former and current colleagues, supervisees and mentees of Rainer to mark the end of his professorship at the EUI’s SPS Department and to reflect upon the contributions he has made in this field. The focus will specifically be on current and future challenges to established conceptions of citizenship and democratic inclusion, with an eye towards how to take Rainer’s work forward. 

The farewell event is organised by a group of Rainer’s doctoral students and collaborators. It is generously supported by the EUI’s Department of Political and Social Sciences, the EUI President, Prof. Renaud Dehousse and the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies.

Date: 16 March 2018


The Ethics of Migration Beyond the Immigrant-Host State Nexus

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Rutger Birnie (EUI), Bouke de Vries (Max Planck Institute, Göttingen) and Rainer Bauböck (EUI). Supported by the Department of Political and Social Sciences (EUI), the Migration Policy Center (RSCAS) and the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Göttingen

Over the last three decades, normative political theorists have devoted much attention to the issue of migration. However, most of this literature has singularly focused on the relationship between individual migrants and their state of destination. The debate centres on two sets of questions. The first is whether states have a right to keep would-be immigrants out or whether, conversely, migrants have a right to cross international borders. The second is whether states have a duty to extend citizenship or more limited packages of rights to migrants living in their territory and whether those migrants have a duty to integrate into their host society. 

Dates: 11-12 January 2018


Conference Pictures (Day 1)   (Day 2)

Photo exhibition "The Game" by Mario Badagliacca


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