Prof. Annalisa Oboe, Padova,
Prof. Dr. Klaus Stierstorfer, Münster.
Situated at the intersection of legal studies and literary studies, the “Citizenship, Law and Literature” Talks postulate that contemporary developments like globalization, mass migration and the rise of new social media have triggered radical reconfigurations of classic notions of citizenship. For a long time, modern citizenship denoted national belonging, legal equality and a set of rights and duties to be bestowed by a state on individual members of a society. Yet in recent decades, new forms of global mobility and transnational political participation have exposed the limits of such a paradigm. In Europe, this shift has become particularly evident under the impact of massive migration. Law and Literature as an "interdiscipline" is a particularly fruitful approach to explore a variety of interdependent issues ranging from (top-down) juridical issues of political citizenship to the (bottom-up) cultural and literary performance of citizenship in local and global contexts.