Three-part Webinar Series 

Making of a Citizen:

Exploring the Relationship Between National Identity and Citizenship 

Dates: 23rd May 2024, 30th May 2024, 4th June 2024 

14:00 – 16:00 CET / @ Zoom

This webinar series will explore the intricate relationship between national identity, citizenship, and the risk of statelessness for ethnic and religious minorities. Citizenship is both an objective fact (you are either formally recognized as a citizen or not) and a subjective experience (do I truly enjoy all the rights of a citizen in this country and what country do I identify with as citizen/feel the strongest attachment to?). While it confers a seemingly immutable identity, its granting depends on national identity, often overlapping with linguistic, religious, and ethnic identity.

We cordially invite scholars, students and all those passionate about human rights and citizenship to join us for this enriching discourse.

Main objective:

  • Understanding the Nation-State and National Identity: Explore how citizenship intersects with religion, ethnicity, and language.
  • Examining Citizenship: Analyze citizenship as both a legal and social status.
  • Identifying Gaps in Human Rights Standards: Evaluate international standards on citizenship laws, focusing on minority rights and protections.

Webinar Dates and Topics:

Thursday, 23rd May 2024

Conceptualizing National Identity & Citizenship

Thursday, 30th May 2024

Making and Unmaking of Citizens

Tuesday, 4th June 2024

Statelessness: Perpetuating Marginalisation and Discrimination

Time: 2 pm – 4 pm CET

Platform: Zoom

Case Studies:


The webinar series will explore citizenship determination processes (NRC and Foreigner’s Tribunal) in Assam, India, and the Rohingya crisis, using these as primary cases. It will also cover other relevant cases for a comprehensive understanding and meaningful discussions.

Expert Resource Persons:

(Dr.) Fernand de Varennes

Former UN Special Rapporteur for Minority Issues

(Dr.) Suraj Gogoi

Asst. Professor at the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the RV University, Bangalore.

(Dr.) Mohsin Alam Bhat

Asst. Professor at Queen Mary University of London and co-founder of Parichay Legal Clinic.

(Dr.) Ellen Stensrud

Head of Research and Senior Researcher at HL-Senteret

(Dr.) Fahmina Karim 

Lecturer at the Institute of Human Rights and Peace and Studies (IHRP), Mahidol University, 

Darshana Mitra 

Asst. Prof at National Law School of India University, Bangalore and co-founder of Parichay Legal Clinic. 

(Dr.) Ingvill Thorson Plesner 

Senior Research and Project manager for the ICHR project.


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