The Critical Statelessness Studies Blog serves as a space for short reflective pieces by individuals working on statelessness from a critical perspective. PhD students and early career academics are particularly encouraged to consider the Blog as a venue to showcase elements of their work in an accessible and digestible format.
NB: Finalised blog entries should be limited to 800 words. Please note that blog entries represent the views of the authors and not those of the Peter McMullin Centre on Statelessness.
Refugeeness doesn’t trump statelessness: A call to reject the UN’s “protection hierarchy” for stateless refugees
In this blog, Jason Tucker, Associate Senior Lecturer at Malmö University, challenges the ways in which the international community programmatically engages with stateless refugees.
Lending legitimacy to a murderous military: What is in the “stateless” label for Rohingyas?
Natalie Brinham & Ali Johar
This blog entry calls our attention to the ways in which labelling the Rohingya ethnic community as stateless undermines belonging and legitimises the power of the Myanmar military to exclude.
Decentralising Solutions to Statelessness
The co-founder of the Middle East and North Africa Statelessness Network (Hawiati), questions the importance placed on Eurocentric solutions to dismantling statelessness.
On Statelessness and Hypervisibility
In this blog entry, Joe Poladoghly, stateless writer from Lebanon, considers how non-consensual hypervisibility of stateless people can be just as problematic as their erasure through perceived ‘invisibility’.
Statistical Reporting and the Representation of Stateless People: A Critical Note
In this blog, Blitz calls into question the relatively recent attempts to quantify statelessness and the implications of such for stateless people.
Caring about Statelessness: Unpacking the “End Statelessness" Campaigns through a Feminist Ethics of Care
This blog argues for an examination of the pervasive social function of care amongst people affected by statelessness.
Reclaiming Statelessness Narratives by Resisting ‘Deficit’ Discourse and Amplifying the Voices of Stateless People
In this blog, Director of Road to Refuge Jeanine Hourani reflects on efforts to change the narratives around statelessness by amplifying the voices of people with lived experience.
Critical sociolinguistic ethnography as a lens to statelessness: a case from the Bidoon community in Kuwait
In this blog entry, Ahmad proposes critical sociolinguistic ethnography (CSE) as a counterhegemonic approach to understanding statelessness.
Decolonising statelessness: unpacking colonial legacies and deconstructing forms of epistemic violence
This thought-provoking piece speaks to the value of decolonial theory and methodology for the statelessness field.
Knowledge to Empower: Closing the Gap between Stateless People and Statelessness Research
In this blog entry, Christiana, founder of State Free, reflects on her experiences researching statelessness as a stateless person.
Tackling the Nation-State ‘Container Model’ in Statelessness Research
This piece critiques the heavy reliance on quantitative data in the statelessness field and seeks to expand the lens through an ethnographic approach.
Experiencing the Anticipation of Statelessness – A South Asian Perspective of Mass Exclusion from Citizenship
Anubhav Dutt Tiwari
This blog entry calls for attention to be paid to the ways in which statelessness is in fact experienced before it is formally realised and before its consequences start taking shape
On Stateless Activism and True Engagement
This blog entry considers challenges faced by stateless activists in achieving real engagement within the statelessness sector.
Introductory Blog: Taking a “Critical” Approach to Statelessness
Deirdre Brennan & Thomas McGee
The Critical Statelessness Studies Project emerged to promote reflexive critical analyses of mainstream approaches to statelessness that have emerged over the past decade or so in both academia and civil society.