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May 21, 2013

Citizenship Projects in Transnational Asia: Gender, Belonging and Care


Citizenship Projects in Transnational Asia: Gender, Belonging and Care

Panel Convenors: Adelyn Lim and Bo Kyeong Seo

This panel explores the expansive, multifaceted, and sometimes
contradictory conceptions of citizenship in transnational Asia. In
anthropological scholarship on citizenship, the political significance
of cultural differences, legal regulation on migration, and neoliberal
rationalities of labour and markets have been extensively analysed.
However, political mechanisms of inclusion and exclusion often fail to
acknowledge the affective dispositions of citizenship. Drawing on the
2013 AAA conference theme of “The Human in the World, the World in the
Human”, this panel focuses on citizenship as articulated and
represented by agency, subjectivity, and embodied struggles. By
engaging with concrete and everyday experiences, we emphasize the
dialogical and relational dimensions of citizenship in Asia through
the lens of gender, embodiment, health, reproduction, care, and

We welcome papers that address these themes, including but not limited
to the following questions:

- What kinds of aspirations, desires and sensibilities are enmeshed
within contemporary citizenship formation and other forms of belonging
in democratising or post-democratic Asia?
- How does the gendered dimension of citizenship mediate ideas of
domesticity and normativity?
- How does the biological and social reproduction of citizen and
non-citizen subjects reflect state technologies of belonging?
- What might we learn from the feminist ethics of care (Nira
Yuval-Davis 2011) to navigate new modes of political being?
- How do notions of care, hospitality, humanitarianism, and sympathy
intertwine with contemporary practices of liberal democratic

Together, we aim to contribute not only to enriching our understanding
of Asia in its various aspects of citizenship formation, but also to
the scholarship on citizenship by emphasizing Asia as the embodiment
of global and local forces through particular historical trajectories,
regulatory practices, socio-cultural norms, and forms of resistance.


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