Statelessness and citizenship: camps and the creation of 'political space' [Public Seminar Series]
Dr Victoria Redclift
Wednesday, 20 February 2013, 5 pm to 6.30 pm
Seminar Room 1, Oxford Department of International Development, 3 Mansfield Road, Oxford OX1 3TB
What does it mean to be a citizen? In-depth field research with a stateless population in Bangladesh reveals that, despite liberal theory’s restrictive vision, the limits of political community are not set in stone. The Urdu-speaking population in Bangladesh exemplify some of the key problems facing uprooted populations. Set in a site of camp and non-camp based displacement, their experiences illustrate the nuances of political identity, and lived spaces of statelessness, that Western political theory has too long hidden from view.