University of Leicester academic contributes to new high-profile book on citizenship

Posted by hct16 at Jun 05, 2013 03:20 PM |
Chapter by Dr Rutvica Andrijasevic challenges what it means to be a European citizen

Dr Rutvica Andrijasevic of the University of Leicester’s School of Management Centre for Labour Market Studies has contributed a chapter to a compelling new book on European citizenship, Enacting European Citizenship.

This book has been the result of a prestigious, large-scale and long-running project, ‘ENACT’ of which Dr Andrijasevic has been a driving force.

Funded by FP7, a European Commission initiative financing research and technological development projects, ENACT ran from 2008 to 2011 to challenge the definition of European citizenship, asserting that “citizenship is – or should be – more than a legal status.”

Net4Society, a coordinating body for applications for Social Science and Humanities funding from the EU, chose ENACT as one of seven ‘Impact Success Stories’ in January 2013, for its ‘strong focus on EU policy developments’.

The book, published in April 2013 by Cambridge University Press, examines a broad range of cases of supposedly questionable citizenship, such as the Roma of Germany and Hungary and the Kurds of Turkey. It also discusses the important issues surrounding how European citizenship can hinder as well as enable justice, rights and equality.

Dr Andrijasevic is also speaking this month at ‘The Colonial Legacy’ conference at Utrecht University.

Delivering the closing keynote, Dr Andrijasevic will be appearing alongside other distinguished academics such as Paul Gilroy, Achille Mbembe and Catherine Hall. The conference will be delving into the legacy of the Treaty of Utrecht and the history of slavery, including an examination of human trafficking today.