Citizenship in Pandemic Times



1– 14 June 2021

The 18th annual conference of the Center for the Study of Citizenship, based at Wayne State University, is going online this year and will be co-sponsored by the Centre for Citizenship, Civil Society and Rule of Law (CISRUL) at the University of Aberdeen and the Citizens, Nations and Migration (CNaM) Network based at the University of Edinburgh.

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected citizenship in myriad ways. Since January 2020, governments across the world have made extraordinary demands on citizens and non-citizens.

Few of us had previously experienced or imagined such calls to change how we work, live, and play. Citizens have taken it upon themselves to denounce others for failing to heed the restrictions, and some have volunteered to aid struggling health services. Others protest the curbs on their freedom and livelihood, within and beyond democracies, as well as the unevenness in harm and the burdens of care, nationally and globally. The pandemic has highlighted and exacerbated inequalities of race, gender, social class and nationality. It has also called into question current political and economic models, and the relationship they imply with the natural world.

Governments design and implement policies to target groups for protective measures from furlough to vaccination, as well as to call on and reward others for service, introducing new fault lines into citizenship. Citizens’ engagement with governments, and with each other and with non-citizens, continues to evolve in ways that vary globally.

In these ways and more, the lens of citizenship promises to yield important insights into our scholarly and public understanding of the world that is emerging in 2021.

We invite proposals for panels and individual paper presentations for this online conference, which will be held in daily slots over the period 1-14 June 2021. We aim to have two or three panels per day, timed to fit with the time zones of presenters.

We welcome proposals for entire panels, single contributions which we will seek to group meaningfully into fitting panels, and other formats. We particularly encourage panels and papers that are interdisciplinary.

  • Proposals for panels should include a 250 word panel abstract and 250 word abstracts for three or four presentations..
  • Proposals by individuals should be no longer than 250 words.
  • We also welcome proposals for other formats (workshops, roundtables etc.), which should include information on the contributors’ respective roles.

All proposals should include

  • a one-paragraph biographical sketch
  • the time zone of where they will be between 1-14 June

The deadline for proposals is 15 April 2021. 

We will aim to select proposals and respond to you by 30 April.

Accepted proposals will be eligible for review for publication in a special issue of Citizenship Studies. Details on the review process will be available during the conference.

Please do provide all the information requested in the online submission form to enable us to make this process as smooth as possible.


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