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2013-2014 Institute Fellows Lectures

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"Citizenship versus Unauthorized Immigration/ Personhood versus Presence"  Add To Calendar

Ralph Cintron, Associate Professor, Department of English and Department of Latin American and Latino Studies
  • Date(s): Thursday, 11/14 3:00 PM to Thursday, 11/14 5:00 PM
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Ralph Cintron, Associate Professor, Department of English and Department of Latin American and Latino Studies
presents:

"Citizenship versus Unauthorized Immigration
  Personhood versus Presence"


Among strong nation-states with wealthy economies and viable democracies, the distinction between citizenship and alienage is a foundational institution—indeed, the “institution of institutions” as Etienné Balibar names it.  Of late both in the EU and the United States, the rights of unauthorized immigrants as persons, despite not being citizens, has been hotly argued.  United States Supreme Court decisions have granted rights in some contexts, usually on the basis of personhood claims established in the Fourteenth Amendment, but denied them in other contexts.  This paper is interested in the conceptual distinctions between citizenship and personhood, and will examine another conception, presence, that has remained latent in U.S. political and legal theory since at least 1790.
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