Who Claims (Global) Citizenship? Challenging the Commodification of Non-/Citizenship

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Who claims (global) citizenship? At the BG conference “Friendly Fire” two speakers discussed this question: the media artist Ingo Günther, whose project “Refugee Republic” envisions a global network of refugee shelters and the activist and researcher Jennifer Kamau, who facilitates a migrant network called International Women Space. As a warm-up to this public talk, the journalist Atossa Araxia Abrahamian, whose book “The Cosmopolites” has triggered a debate about the commodification of citizenship, delivered a statement. Moderated by Harsha Walia, a Vancouver-based activist, this public talk reflected on (global) citizenship from the points of view of both the super-rich and the underprivileged. As Atossa Abrahamian stated: “The commodification of citizenship is a great danger to political life.” This tendency was controversially discussed by Ingo Günther and Jennifer Kamau. The session was recorded at the ZK/U on November 3, 2017, and can be listened to by pressing the play button above.

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