What is the value of being a citizen? What are the values that will or should guide the future citizen? How can we rethink the idea of value away from a purely economic model of worth? Is there a blurring of values and morals in today’s conception of citizenship?
Within the current political sphere in Europe and beyond we are seeing an attempt to define the values of society, values which dictate who belongs to this economy or society. At the same time, anxieties over the economy, immigration, security and cyberspace correspond to certain values or a struggle over values: what does it mean to live in a secure society? What does it mean to work in a prosperous economy? These questions connect the future citizen to values such as prosperity, equality, privacy, security, and safety.
Speakers include Faiza Shaheen, Head of Inequality and Sustainable Development at Save the Children, and Cynthia Weber, Professor of International Relations at the University of Sussex and Co-Editor, International Feminist Journal of Politics.
This event is developed in collaboration with and chaired by Professor Engin Isin.
Engin F. Isin
Isin is Professor of politics in Politics and International Studies (POLIS) at the Faculty of Social Sciences, the Open University. He has authored Cities Without Citizens (Montreal, 1992), Being Political (Minneapolis, 2002) and Citizens Without Frontiers (London, 2012). He has published with Greg Nielsen, Acts of Citizenship (London, 2008), with Michael Saward, Enacting European Citizenship (Cambridge, 2013), and with Peter Nyers, Handbook of Global Citizenship Studies (London, 2014). He is also a street photographer and maintains a website.
Shaheen is Head of Inequality and Sustainable Development at Save the Children. She formerly worked for the New Economics Foundation as a Senior Researcher in the Valuing What Matters team, where she conducted research on the topic of economic inequality. Prior to this Shaheen worked as an analyst for Centre for the Cities where she led work on urban labour market policy and research. Her PhD, which explored spatial patterns of inequality, was completed in 2008. She also holds an MSc in Statistics from the University of Manchester and a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from St John’s College, Oxford University.
Weber is Professor of International Relations at Sussex University and Co-Director of the Media Company Pato Productions. She collaborates with designers, academics, and policymakers on projects that critically link design, citizenship, and security. She has published several internationally recognised books on topics ranging from US foreign policy and international relations to theory and film, including Simulating Sovereignty, Imagining America at War and I am an American: Filming the Fear of Difference.