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Thematic Seminar by CrimScapes: Criminalisation and citizenship

The CrimScapes project is inviting interested audiences to a two-day transdisciplinary seminar, ‘Criminalisation and Citizenship,’ which will take place at the Institute of Sociology of Jagiellonian University, and online.

22.02.2023, 16:00 -
23.02.2023, 18:00

Kraków (Poland) and online (MS Teams)

Extending beyond narrow, legal conceptualisations of citizenship, this two-day seminar offers a critical reflection on citizenship in terms of responsibilities, subjectivities and the logics regulating access to, and the content of, rights and entitlements. It asks about shifting forms of belonging and state-citizen relations in the context of expanding criminalisation – understood broadly as the application of criminal law, crime control measures and imaginaries of (il)legality in the management of discourses, practices and populations. With such a framing in mind, the seminar invites in-depth elaborations on how different communities and individuals navigate and respond to various criminalising laws and regulations, and the social, political and economic implications of such modes of responding.

Together with distinguished guests, the CrimScapes project invites a closer look at the emergent dynamics of citizenship and criminalisation by discussing ongoing research in different landscapes of criminalisation. In particular, they spotlight entanglements of criminalisation with borders and migration, sexual politics, and the politics of emotion. 


Day 1, Wednesday, 22nd February, 16:00 – 18:00 CET

16.00-16.30 Opening, by Beate Binder, Principle Investigator of the "CrimScapes" Research Group

16.30-18.00 Key-note Speech: "From 'Sodomy' to 'Gay Propaganda': The Governance of Queer Sex in Russia", by Alexander Sasha Kondakov

Day 2, Thursday, 23rd February, 10:00 – 18:00 CET

1.)    10.00-11.30 Key-note speech: "Brothers in Crime? Occidentalist Citizenship Policies in Unequal Europes", by Manuela Boatcă

2.)   12.00-13.30 Open session: "Citizenship and social movements in the context of criminalization of migration and mobilities" with

Jens Adam: On moral community and difference. Majoritarian identity politics as soft authoritarian mode of governance
Agata Dziuban: Navigating criminalisation: sex work, mobility and contested citizenship
Jérémy Geeraert: Impacts of criminalisation on activism. The case of search and rescue in the Mediterranean
Moderation: Juulia Kela

3.)   14.30-16.00 Open session: "Politics of emotion, uses of affect" with
Todd Sekuler: Acts of Citizenship in Cleansing the Internet of Online Hate
Agata Chełstowska: Politics of emotion in the new abortion movement in Poland
Justyna Struzik: You want it darker? On the sense of hopelessness in research among people who use opioids in the context of the criminalisation of Poland
Moderation:  Friederike Faust

4.)  16.30-18.00 Closing Session: "Criminalisation and the border"
Witold Klaus: Illegalization of people crossing the Polish-Belarusian border as an example of bureaucratization of barbarism
Kamila Fiałkowska: All quiet at the EU-Eastern border. Everyday bordering, othering, and racializing practices at the Poland-Belarus border
Moderation: Agata Dziuban

More information on the event and speakers here.
Please register for all or part of the programme here.

The event takes place in the framework of the project "CrimScapes: Navigating citizenship through European landscapes of criminalisation" supported within the NORFACE Governance programme. The event is hosted by the Jagiellonian University in Kraków.