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International Conference: Inclusive Citizenship as Belongings, Practices and Acts 

29 September – 1 October 2022, Leibniz University Hannover 

Jointly organised by the Leibniz Research Center for Inclusive Citizenship (CINC) and ECPR Standing Group Citizenship
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The inaugural International Congress of the Leibniz Research Center for Inclusive Citizenship (CINC) and the Biennial Conference of the ECPR Standing Group on Citizenship jointly examined various aspects of inclusion and citizenship as belongings, practices and acts, at the event.

With the aim to facilitate a theoretical discussion and presentation of empirical findings, this interdisciplinary conference considered citizenship and inclusion as social practices from a range of perspectives, such as:

  • Gender and migration
  • Learning and education
  • Digitalisation
  • Medicine
  • Cultural heritage 

About the conference

Address and empirically investigate the development and current patterns of inclusive and exclusive civic practices and routines in different fields of action and institutional settings.

Define the normative and analytical dimensions of inclusive citizenship.

Reflect on the inherent antinomies of normative concepts of inclusion and the ambivalences of citizenship.

We understand citizenship as a dual character of civic status and civic practice, including the tension between desired inclusion and actual co-produced exclusion. The duality of civic status and civic practice is itself always in a dichotomous state between desired or propagated inclusion and actual co-produced exclusion. Citizenship refers to both membership status and membership roles in a socialisation process. In terms of status and practice, citizenship controls specific configurations of exclusion and inclusion across different socialization processes.

In a globalised world, the need for orientation, self-localisation and negotiation of individual group memberships as well as the requirements for the self-determined action of individuals are increasing. The analysis of these processes of socialisation from the perspective of inclusion and citizenship reveals increasing options for action and opportunities for personal and institutional learning. Moreover, this leads to unavoidable tensions between inclusion and exclusion, resulting in difficult dilemmas between competing normative claims and paradoxes in the structure of socialisation processes that block action.

These aspects will be examined at this conference under six Section themes.

  • Gender, Migration and Citizenship
  • Cultural Heritage and Citizenship
  • Digital Citizenship
  • Inclusive Citizenship Education
  • Teaching, Learning and Citizenship 
  • Medical Citizenship and Pandemic Preparedness


If you have a role during the Conference, such as a Panel Chair, Panel Discussant, Paper Presenter or Speaker, you will need to select the Standard Registration package.

The Conference is free to attend. All attendees will be responsible for covering their own travel and accommodation expenses.

A small fund will be set up to support scholars without other means of financing their attendance. Should you need financial support to attend the Conference please enquire about funding opportunities here.

If you do not have an accepted Paper or role at the Conference but would still like to attend, please select the Observer Registration package when registering.

The conference is free to attend. All attendees will be responsible for covering their own travel and accommodation expenses.

Keynote speakers

Yasemin Soysal, WZB, Berlin Social Science Center 

The past and future of liberal citizenship (Working title)

Manuela Boatcă, University of Freiburg

Inclusive citizenship in relation to globality, transnationality, postcoloniality (Working title)

Aoileann Ní Mhurchú, The University of Manchester

The unfamiliar act of citizenship as a decolonial move: Voicing ambiguity, sensing voice (Working title)

Organising committee

Steve Kenner, FU Berlin / Leibniz University Hannover, CINC
Malte Kleinschmidt, Leibniz University Hannover, CINC
Dirk Lange, University of Vienna / CINC Leibniz University Hannover 
Frank Reichert, The University of Hong Kong, ECPR Standing Group on Citizenship Steering Committee Member
Christiane Schröder, Leibniz University Hannover, CINC

This Conference is organised in collaboration with the Leibniz Research Center for Inclusive Citizenship (CINC), ECPR Standing Group on Citizenship, and The Ministry for Science and Culture of Lower Saxony. 


While we are actively planning to host an in-person event in Hannover, we are prepared to adopt a fully virtual format, if necessary.

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