Monday 25 July, 7pm Seomra Spraoi
The idea of the citizen has a long and ambigous history. In the Campaign for the Old City Arts Building we have been using this term to talk about ourselves as political actors and as people with rights, specifically the right to use empty NAMA buildings. But while citizenship can be used in this way, to talk about people’s politics as opposed to the state, it also raises important questions. For example, many people are excluded from official citizenship on the basis of nationality or race. Citizenship also describes the legal relation between people and the state, a relation which many people oppose.
In this Talking Shop we’ll talk about the idea of the citizen and question the politics wrapped up with that term.