In the first part of this episode, Rana Dasgupta, Lara Garia Diaz and Timothy Snyder reflect on the nation-state model, which quickly led us to question issues of citizenship. Since the nation-state is bound to a territory, its citizens form an exclusive group with rights and benefits bestowed upon them following a logic of birthright. Imagining a future beyond nation-states, thus, must imply a shift in our approach to citizenship.
In this second part, our guests discuss the topic of citizenship and what it could mean for Europe.
Rana Dasgupta is a novelist and essayist. Through his varied body of work, he has consistently explored themes of globalization, migration and the twenty-first-century city. He is currently working on a book about post-national futures.
Lara Garcia Diaz is a cultural activist and a social theorist. Since 2016, she is investigating politics of precarity and cultural practices with commons-based approaches through the lens of feminist theories.
Timothy Snyder is a Housum professor of history at Yale University and a permanent fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna. An expert on Eastern and Central Europe and the second world war, he has written several books.
This podcast series is produced as part of The European Pavilion: an initiative launched by the European Cultural Foundation in 2020 in order to encourage imaginaries beyond the national, and address the way people, institutions, and media feel about Europe. With the series, we wish to open up urgent questions that hover in any conversation about the future of Europe. The common thread running through all the conversations is the notion of a European culture of solidarity that addresses some core questions: What initiatives and imaginaries can help overcome the economic and social fractures looming on the horizon? How to move from constructed and exclusive national identities to a model that proudly builds upon the richness of the regional and its cosmopolitan ethos? How to bring upon new models of being together and building an inclusive and sustainable future? This podcast is a member of the EuroPod network. Credits: Conceived by Lore Gablier in collaboration with Alejandro Ramirez Sound design: Alejandro Ramirez Original music: Gagi Petrovic