Graduate Studies Seminar
Friday, March 1st 2013, 13h – 16h.
University of Ottawa, LAMOUREUX-223
Lecture by Dr. Daiva Stasiulis
Security vs. Citizenship? Lebanese Canadians and the War in the Middle East
In conventional ‘security studies’ discourses, the dual citizen with origins in countries disrupted by war has joined the list of shadowy threats to state sovereignty and is provoking mistrust and aversion among uni-citizens who associate such a status with ‘divided loyalties’ and unfair advantage. This lecture examines contending frames of security and citizenship benefits and obligations of states from the perspectives of imperiled (dual) nationals who negotiate their lives in the framework of their dual citizenship in a war-torn country (Lebanon) and a ‘secure and peaceful’ country (Australia, Canada). It explores the social justice implications of holding multiple citizenships and highlights the tendentious relationship of social justice to citizenship. The immediate context examined here is Lebanon during the military hostility between Israel and Hezbollah in Summer 2006, which saw dozens of countries scrambling to find safe exit for their holidaying and resident nationals from the devastation of Israel’s bombardment of Lebanon.
Dr. Diva Stasiulis is Professor of sociology at Carleton University. She has published extensively on citizenship, race and migration, feminism and diversity. She has also served as the Chair of the United Nations Expert Group Meeting on Violence Against Migrant Workers. Daiva Stasiulis and co-author Abigail Bakan were awarded the Canadian Women’s Studies Association annual book prize and the Wilson Head Research Award for Negotiating Citizenship: Migrant Women in Canada and the Global System (London: Palgrave, 2003; University of Toronto, 2005). Professor Stasiulis’s most recent SSHRC-funded research project is on “Border Crossings and Multiple Citizenship”, a comparative theoretical and empirical investigation of the growing incidence and significance of multiple citizenship in several states.
Open to all graduate students (M.A. & Ph.D.)
Seminar organizer: Dr. Walid El Khachab firstname.lastname@example.org
Faculté de Droit, Université d’Ottawa
Droit international humanitaire et Droit musulman: La protection des populations civiles en cas de conflits armés