(c) Global Centre for Advanced Studies.
This month, we will be reading two pieces that tackle an issue that has arisen in most if not all of our reading on citizenship to date: how to get round the exclusionary aspects of community. Continental philosopher Jean-Luc Nancy is one of the names that surfaces regularly in trying to investigate this particular side of community; to delve into his thoughts, we are reading first Ignaas Devisch’s account of Nancy and MacIntyre on Community, as presented in Chapter 1 of his 2013 work Jean-Luc Nancy and the Question of Community (Bloomsbury), and second, Michael J. Shapiro’s “National Times and Other Times: Rethinking Citizenship” (Cultural Studies, (2000) 14(1), pages 79-98), which uses a Nancy lens to interrogate Israel’s citizenship laws.
The reading was selected by Colin Murray, who led a discussion of it on the 16th of February. As usual, the regular members of the Quilliam Club have recorded a short podcast of this discussion, now available for streaming and downloading below.
As an added note: the Quilliam Club is taking a break until May 2015, for reasons of research leave of a lot of its core members. It will return in May 2015 with a re-visiting of the first piece read on citizenship (TH Marshall’s “Citizenship and Social Class”), before moving on to a new area of common exploration. To be continued!