Bettina von Lieres, Ph.D.
Silent citizenship, dissociation and political participation: learning from psychoanalysis
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One billion people in the world live in slum settlements. Their everyday lives are marked by profound material indignities and incessant non-recognition by states. In many parts of the world states refuse to actively recognize slum-dwellers and poor people as citizens with rights. The result is an underclass of citizens who remain invisible. They become ‘dissociated’ citizens who do not connect everyday experiences and indignities to forms of thought about themselves as citizens with rights. In this presentation I show how an inter-disciplinary dialogue between psychoanalysis and critical citizenship studies can deepen our understanding of the complexities of citizenship in today’s unequal world.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Bettina von Lieres, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, in the International Development Studies Program at the University of Toronto Scarborough. She holds a degree in Political Science from the University of Essex in the UK and is a third-year candidate (academic stream) at the TICP.
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