Canada Program & Comparative Inequality & Inclusion Cluster Workshop (via Zoom)


Monday, February 22, 2021, 12:00pm to 2:00pm


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"When States Take Rights Back: Citizenship Revocation and its Discontents"

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Émilien Fargues, Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute.

Asad L. Asad, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Stanford University.

Audrey MacklinDirector of the Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies; Chair in International Human Rights Law, University of Toronto.

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Elke Winter, William Lyon Mackenzie King Visiting Professor of Canadian Studies, Canada Program; Affiliate, Weatherhead Research Cluster on Comparative Inequality and Inclusion. Professor of Sociology, School of Sociological and Anthropological Studies, University of Ottawa.

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Once considered outdated, citizenship revocation, the act of stripping born or naturalized citizens of their civic, political, social, and cultural membership rights has again increased in importance over the past two decades. Gaining traction in the cases of returning jihadists and supposedly fraudulent citizenship applications, citizenship revocation is an extreme case of unbelonging. This workshop will examine what citizenship revocation means for those doing and undergoing it, as well as its social and symbolic repercussions. It situates the 2020 book “When States Take Rights Back: Citizenship Revocation and Its Discontents” by Emilien Fargues, Elke Winter and Matthew Gibney in a wider debate on boundary-drawing through expulsion, contingent citizenship, and the lack/loss of legal status.


Émilien Fargues is a Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute (EUI), working in the field of citizenship and migration studies. He is particularly interested in what exclusions from citizenship (citizenship revocation, naturalisation refusals) reveal about the political, moral, economic, and ethno-cultural dimensions of national membership, in a variety of domestic settings. Émilien’s postdoctoral project at the EUI is entitled "Divergent Paths to Citizenship: Policy-Variation in Residence-Based Naturalisation for Immigrants in a Global Perspective" and aims to develop a global index on naturalisation policies.

Asad L. Asad is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Stanford University and a faculty affiliate at the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity. His research agenda considers how institutions—particularly U.S. immigration law and policy—reproduce multiple forms of inequality. Asad’s current projects include a book manuscript with Princeton University Press on how and why Latino immigrants with U.S.-citizen children accumulate formal records as they go about their lives; a series of journal articles on the health consequences of deportation; and a multi-method study of federal judges’ decisions to denaturalize immigrants who have acquired U.S. citizenship. His prior work appears in Proceedings of the National Academy of SciencesLaw & Society ReviewInternational Migration Review, and Social Science & Medicine, among other outlets.

Audrey Macklin (BSc. (Alberta), LLB (Toronto), LLM (Yale) is Director of the Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies and Chair in International Human Rights Law at the University of Toronto. She teaches, researches and writes in the area of migration and citizenship law, business and human rights, and administrative law. She has published widely in domestic, international, and interdisciplinary journals and edited collections. Prof. Macklin is a frequent commentator in Canadian and international print, radio and television media. Her op-eds have appeared in the New York Times, The Guardian, the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, and the Washington Post. From 1994-96, Professor Macklin was a Member of the Canada's Immigration and Refugee Board, where she adjudicated refugee claims. She was involved in the case of Omar Khadr, a Canadian citizen detained for almost a decade by the United States at Guantànamo Bay. She was an observer for Human Rights Watch at the Military Commission proceedings against Mr. Khadr in Guantànamo Bay, and represented Human Rights Watch as intervener before the Supreme Court of Canada in two Khadr appeals. Professor Macklin has also acted as pro bono intervener counsel or academic legal advisor in several public interest human rights cases, including legal challenges to security certificates, withdrawal of health care for refugees, citizenship revocation, deportation of long-term permanent residents, and the ban on niqabs at citizenship ceremonies. Prof. Macklin was named a Trudeau Fellow in 2017, and awarded the Ludwik and Estelle Jus Human Rights Award in 2019 and the Carolyn Tuohy Public Policy Impact Award in 2020.