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Unmaking Citizens: Racial exclusions and the privilege of a passport.

  • Dr Nisha Kapoor, University of York

  • Tuesday 15th November, 4pm - 5.30pm, ARC/014

  • Production team: tbc



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Seminar synopsis

With the intensifying securitisation of Western borders in the global War on Terror citizenship rights are increasingly fragile. Measures introduced by the British government to deal with the terrorist threat at home include citizenship deprivation, temporary exclusion orders as well as passport removals.  Whilst citizenship deprivation has provoked critique for its potential violations of international human rights conventions on statelessness, cancellations of passports have not been subjected to the same kind of critique. Drawing on recent debates and interview data we demonstrate the alignment of citizenship deprivation and passport removals and conclude that these measures serve the same goal: of unmaking citizens.  We situate the politics of deprivation and denationalisation within broader histories of racial exclusion, in order to consider what this trend reveals in relation to the terms of citizenship and specifically how frames of exclusion of racially undesired subjects are being reconfigured. 


Dr Nisha Kapoor

Nisha Kapoor



Nisha Kapoor is Lecturer in Sociology at the University of York.  She currently leads an ESRC funded research project titled ‘Deport Deprive Extradite’ which explores race, citizenship and the state in the context of the War on Terror.




Directions and Parking: 

Please see the University campus map for the location of ARC/014 which is in the Alcuin Research Resource Centre. The building is opposite the Alcuin Teaching Block (Seebohm Rowntree Building) reception. The room is on the ground floor at the far end from the main entrance, around the corner, behind the lift. The closet public car park is Campus North car park. Parking costs £1 per hour and you can pay using coins or via a mobile phone via the RingGo parking. For information on public transport to the University please see the Travel and Transport webpages.

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