June 19, 2023: Visegrad Scholarship at OSA Presentation

Artwork by Nergis Canefe

We are happy to announce the next presentation of the Visegrad Scholarship at OSA. Join the event in the Archivum, or online by following the link below!

The presentation will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, June 19, 2023, in the Meeting Room of the Blinken OSA Archivum and online. The Zoom link of the meeting is: https://ceu-edu.zoom.us/j/99887469080?pwd=aWFIb0ZrZ1JjbU5Jekd5K0w0REpKdz09

Genealogies of Statelessness in Eastern Europe: Dissent, Dispossession and Weaponization of Citizenship by

Nergis Canefe, SJD, Ph.D., Professor of Politics, Public Policy and Law, York University, Canada

This project proposes a move away from doctrinal legal definitions and solutions to statelessness in Central and Eastern Europe. It focuses on specific histories of forced migration in the post-Soviet era in order to understand particular policy measures and legislative codifications of dispossession based on a regional understanding of mass displacements. It examines case-based examples underscoring the inadequacy of the present knowledge of statelessness in the region including the cases of Crimean Tatars, Chechens, Ingush and Meskhetian Turks, and various groups in Georgia. The alternative conceptualization of statelessness will evoke alternative histories, and possibilities for aligning the global phenomenon of statelessness with the 'rights' vocabulary in the region.
The documents utilized in the archives for this part of the research are primarily the Forced Migration project reports and correspondence. The second part of the project will explore issues related to the critical relationship between political violence, dispossession, failures, and limits of current accountability regimes in national law concerning the utilization of statelessness and revocation of citizenship as a weapon against political dissidents and unwanted minorities. For these issues, the records pertaining to the revocation of citizenship of Hungarian dissidents in the post-1956 era and Czech and Slovak dissidents in the post-1968 era are examined.