The Critical Statelessness Studies Project

Launched June 2020

The Critical Statelessness Studies (CSS) Project interrogates dominant narratives and approaches in the contemporary study of statelessness. The Peter McMullin Centre on Statelessness is excited to launch the Project to promote critical engagement around questions of how to approach the theme of statelessness in our work.

In recent years, statelessness has become a subject of increased scholarly attention across a multitude of disciplines. CSS is therefore a timely intervention to reflect on this current body of statelessness scholarship, and its future trajectory.

What will CSS do?

The overarching aims of the Project are to:

  • foster dialogue that challenges prevalent thinking on the nature and experience of statelessness;
  • provide “against the grain” readings of texts on citizenship and statelessness, analyse dominant interpretations and engage in alternative, or resistant, readings;
  • collectively and critically explore international approaches to reducing statelessness and;
  • promote the scholarship of those producing critically engaged statelessness research.

How will CSS work?

The Project will provide a platform for the publication and dissemination of resources promoting a plurality of counter-hegemonic narratives around the nature and experiences of statelessness. The scope of these resources will cover a wide variety of disciplines, theories and methodologies including, but not limited to: postcolonialism, critical historical studies, poststructuralism, postmodernism, critical race theory, gender studies, queer theory and media representation.

The Critical Statelessness Studies Blog forms part of the project.  Learn more