Department of Philosophy

Historisk-filosofiska fakulteten i Uppsala

Faculty of Law, Uppsala University

Faculty of Law, Stockholm University


Stockholms universitet

Edvard Cassels stiftelse


EU citizenship has been understood as the world's first post-national citizenship, although it is complementary to national citizenship. EU citizens enjoy rights that have been expanded, modified and reinterpreted.

The congress focuses on how EU citizenship has evolved, based on a hypothesis of how citizenship has been interpreted from a legal, political and sociological perspective. It can be viewed in opposition to exclusion in different meanings: political, social and legal. The citizen can be contraposed to different concepts: the marginalized person, the subject, the stranger, the stateless are some antithetic figures. These conceptual oppositions stress different forms of exclusion: social, political and legal.

Different meanings of citizenship are often blurred. The ambiguous use of different citizenship models is a source of possible conflicts. There is a risk that legal tools are applied to resolve problems of a very different nature.

The congress is designed to investigate previously unexplored interactions between these different dimensions in order to show how legal membership in the Union affects dimensions of international and constitutional law. New light is shed on some basic assumptions concerning the relation between the state and the individual.

By adopting a transdisciplinary perspective on citizenship, the congress can fill a void in existing research, contribute to clearing misunderstandings and offer the big picture on a status that varyingly affects all in the Union today.