Thematic Seminar: Criminalisation and Citizenship (Krak´ów&online)

The CrimScapes project is pleased to invite interested audiences to a two-day transdisciplinary seminar, ‘Criminalisation and Citizenship,’ which will take place at the Institute of Sociology of Jagiellonian University, and online.

Extending beyond narrow, legal conceptualisations of citizenship, this seminar offers a critical reflection on citizenship in terms of responsibilities, subjectivities and the logics regulating access to, and the content of, rights and entitlements. It asks about shifting forms of belonging and state-citizen relations in the context of expanding criminalisation – understood broadly as the application of criminal law, crime control measures and imaginaries of (il)legality in the management of discourses, practices and populations. With such a framing in mind, the seminar invites in-depth elaborations on how different communities and individuals navigate and respond to various criminalising laws and regulations, and the social, political and economic implications of such modes of responding.  

It will explore complex relationships between processes of criminalisation and citizenship by asking: What citizenship models emerge in relation to European landscapes of criminalisation? What are their commonalities and differences? How do different forms of criminalisation enable or limit possibilities for activists’ mobilisation or claim-making practices? 

Together with distinguished guests, the CrimScapes project invites a closer look at the emergent dynamics of citizenship and criminalisation by discussing ongoing research in different landscapes of criminalisation. In particular, we spotlight entanglements of criminalisation with borders and migration, sexual politics, and the politics of emotions.  

  • Event venue: Jagiellonian University, Institute of Sociology, ul. Grodzka 52, room 79
  • Online – a link will be provided upon registration. To register for all or parts of the seminar, please complete this form:


Day 1, Wednesday, 22nd February, 16:00 – 18:00 CET

16.00-16.30 Opening, by Beate Binder, Principle Investigator of the “CrimScapes” Research Group
16.30-18.00 Key-note Speech: “From ‘Sodomy’ to ‘Gay Propaganda’: The Governance of Queer Sex in Russia”, by Alexander Sasha Kondakov

Day 2, Thursday, 23rd February, 10:00 – 18:00 CET

1.)    10.00-11.30 Key-note speech: “Brothers in Crime? Occidentalist Citizenship Policies in Unequal Europes”, by Manuela Boatcă

2.)   12.00-13.30 Open session: “Citizenship and social movements in the context of criminalization of migration and mobilities” with
Jens Adam: On moral community and difference. Majoritarian identity politics as soft authoritarian mode of governance
Agata Dziuban: Navigating criminalisation: sex work, mobility and contested citizenship
Jérémy Geeraert: Impacts of criminalisation on activism. The case of search and rescue in the Mediterranean Sea
Moderation: Juulia Kela

3.)   14.30-16.00 Open session: “Politics of emotion, uses of affect” with
Todd Sekuler: Acts of Citizenship in Cleansing the Internet of Online Hate
Agata Chełstowska: Politics of emotion in the new abortion movement in Poland
Justyna Struzik: You want it darker? On the sense of hopelessness in research among people who use opioids in the context of the criminalisation of Poland 
Moderation:  Friederike Faust

4.)  16.30-18.00 Closing Session: “Criminalisation and the border”
Witold Klaus: Illegalization of people crossing the Polish-Belarusian border as an example of bureaucratization of barbarism
Kamila Fiałkowska: All quiet at the EU-Eastern border. Everyday bordering, othering, and racializing practices at the Poland-Belarus border
Moderation: Agata Dziuban

Please find the detailed programme here:

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