Prof Jo Shaw to speak at IFDT lecture on Horizons of Freedom: The paradoxes of citizenship in the pandemic
Mon 15 February 2021
Professor Jo Shaw, Salvesen Chair of European Institutions at Edinburgh Law School, will give a lecture on 'Horizons of Freedom: The paradoxes of citizenship in the pandemic' in an online event hosted by the Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory of the University in Belgrade.
About the event
By exploring how the meaning of certain social acts has been shifting under pandemic conditions, we can gain new insights into the character of constitutional citizenship and its relationship with political ideas such as populism and fundamental principles such as equality and dignity. These shifts illustrate the changing meaning of what constitutes the ‘good citizen’, all the time playing on what Jean Cohen terms ‘the paradoxical dialectic inherent in modern constitutionalism’ (at least within bounded polities), which ‘drives republican or liberal democratic conceptions of citizenship into the arms of thicker, more communitarian understandings of identity.’ This, then, raises the question of whether it is feasible and reasonable to place a brake upon such trends, and to ask which types of norms and institutions, at the national and international levels, are suitable for that task. The focal points in this paper are face-coverings and masks, alongside public protests against restrictions on liberties imposed in the name of combatting the spread of the virus.
This lecture is part of the Institut za filozofiju i društvenu teoriju (IFDT) programme of events.
IFDT is an interdisciplinary community of researchers that fosters a pluralism of theoretical perspectives and research orientations and functions as an internationally relevant centre. The institute is engaged in systematic and long term research in the fields of philosophy and social theory. Each theorist and researcher of this institution endeavors to further the development of their respective field of study. Significantly, each of them also strives to contextualize scientific trends in Serbia and the world in an interdisciplinary way.