Transnationalism and Citizenship

Course Description: 

Recent years have seen an explosion of empirical and normative scholarly interest in
transnationalism and citizenship across many disciplines. The primary aim of this course
is to provide an overview of the main topical issues and scholarly perspectives related to
citizenship and transnational membership. The course will examine how the different
normative theories of citizenship address the challenges raised by supranational
integration, migration, state succession and external minority protection. In addition to
the normative inquiry, we will examine the current trends in citizenship legislation with a
special focus on transnational (i.e. extraterritorial) citizenship. The course will also
discuss transnational citizenship from below and look into the instrumental as well as
affective implications of citizenship. We will approach contemporary citizenship debates
focusing on the different citizenship constellations in Europe and Latin America. The
course will offer a normative overview and comparative institutional analysis of
citizenship regimes with a special emphasis on naturalization policies and quasicitizenship
After a general introductory session on the emergence of citizenship rights, we will
overview the main normative citizenship regime types, contemporary debates on the
future of bounded citizenship, and discuss theories related to transnational citizenship.
We will then turn to the methodological dilemmas related to the study of nationalism and
will investigate how normative theories can be tested by institutional analysis. After the
methodological introduction and the overview of the EUDO Citizenship database, we
will explore the meaning of supranational citizenship in the EU and Latin America. The
following classes will focus on the overview of naturalization policies in the EU. We will
analyze current citizenship trends and practices in the European Union with a special
emphasis on ethnic selectivity policies in the old and the new EU member states. We will
also look into citizenship constellations at state succession. A special session will be
reserved for the in-depth study of citizenship legislation in the Post-Soviet and the Post-
Yugoslav regions. In the last classes, we will look into contemporary debates and
investigate the normative and institutional dilemmas of denizenship, citizenship tests,
talent and investment based citizenship frameworks and denationalization practices.

Learning Outcomes: 

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Undertake normative and comarative institutional research in citizenship studies and diaspora studies
  • Apply theoretical frameworks in the study of citizenship regimes and diaspora engagement frameworks
  • Analyze citizenship and diaspora policy in light of current scholarship
  • Critically discuss competing theories in citizenship studies and transnationalism
  • Comparatively analyze citizenship constellations
  •        Carry out bottom-up empirical field research focusing on citizenship and identity as well as transnational modalities of belonging

Students registered for this course are expected to attend classes and participate in the
discussions. All students must read all the readings, and give two presentations. In-class
presentations should connect the argument to other relevant readings, and explain how
the assignment’s argument contrasts with, contradicts, confirms, clarifies, or elaborates
the analyzed institutional practices. Depending on the topic, students will be encouraged
to offer a general overview of the practices present in Europe, or focus on the specificities
of a certain region. Students presenting at the last sessions will have the opportunity to
provide comparative institutional analysis, or apply a normative approach to a concrete
case. It is highly recommended that students choose a presentation that will also serve as
a topic for the final paper.
Seminar paper requirements
Students are to prepare a final paper (minimum 2,500 words plus bibliography) on a
subject connected to the topics discussed in the course. Both normative discussions of
citizenship theories, empirical/institutional analysis of individual citizenship regimes, and
comparative analysis of citizenship legislation are welcome. Papers should include the
critical and comparative analysis of class readings on the topic and include ideas on the
applicability of the readings. Papers submitted after the deadline will be marked down by
half of a letter grade per day. Final grades will be calculated on the basis of the above;
also, class attendance, preparation and participation will be factored into the final grade.
Seminar papers are evaluated according to a number of criteria including the

a, scholarly relevance of the research;
b, the relevance and adequacy of the research methodology;
c, critical use of a wide range of literature and theories;
d, originality of the argument;
e, consistency and coherence of the argument;
f, form and language of the presentation.

Class participation and activity: 20%
In-class presentation: 30%
Seminar paper: 50%