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This dissertation investigates politics of denaturalization as a system of thought that influences seminal cultural political values, such as community, nationality, citizenship, selfhood and otherness. The context of the analysis is the politics of citizenship and nationality in France. Combining research insights from history, legal studies, security studies, and border studies, the book demonstrates that the language of denaturalization shapes national identity as a form of formal legal attachment but also, and more counter-intuitively, as a mode of emotional belonging. As such, denaturalization operates as an instrumental frame to maintain and secure the national community.
Going back to eighteenth-century France and to both World Wars, periods during which governments deployed denaturalization as a technology against “threatening” subjects, the analysis exposes how the language of denaturalization interweaves concerns about immigration and national security. It is this historical backdrop that helps understand the political impact of denaturalization in contemporary counterterrorism politics, and what is at stake when borders and identities become affective technologies.
Beauchamps, M. L. (2018). Governing Affective Citizenship: Denaturalization, Belonging, and Repression. London: Rowman & Littlefield International.
Beauchamps, M. L. (2017). Perverse Tactics: 'Terrorism' and National Identity in France. Culture, Theory and Critique, 58(1), 48-61.DOI: 10.1080/14735784.2015.1137480.
Beauchamps, M. L. (2016). Olympe de Gouges’s trial and the affective politics of denaturalization in France. Citizenship Studies, 20(8), 943-956.
Award winning article: Beauchamps, M. L. (2016). The Forfeiture of Nationality in France: Discursive Ambiguity, Borders, and Identities. Space and Culture, 19(1), 31-42. DOI: 10.1177/1206331214560091.
Beauchamps, M. L. (2017). Modelling the self, creating the other: French denaturalisation law on the brink of World War II. In M. Leese, & S. Wittendorp (Eds.), Security/Mobility: Politics of movement (pp. 189-205). (New Approaches to Conflict Analysis). Manchester: Manchester University Press.
Beauchamps, M. L., Hoijtink, M., Leese, M., Magalhaes, B., Weinblum, S., & Wittendorp, S. (2017). Introduction: Security/Mobility and the politics of movement. In M. Leese, & S. Wittendorp (Eds.), Security/Mobility: Politics of movement (pp. 1-13). (New Approaches to Conflict Analysis). Manchester University Press.
Beauchamps, M.L. (6 Dec 2018). Belonging Under Threat: What You Need to Know About Denaturalization. medium.com/colloquium
Beauchamps, M. L. (23 April 2016). Denaturalisation: a brief (French) history. openDemocracy.net.
Beauchamps, M. L. (22 April 2016). Denaturalisation, ‘Terrorism’ and National Identity in France. Commissioned blog post summarizing my article published in Culture, Theory and Critique. Explosivepolitics.com.
Beauchamps, M. L. (2014). What We Have to Know; On a Modest Proposal Called Denaturalization. Commissioned column for the Amsterdam Theater School public talk show Half6. Amsterdam, Lectoraat Podiumkunst in transitie.
University of California Berkeley: Governing Affective Citizenship: Book Presentation and Seminar
Ecole Normale Supérieure de Paris: Introducing Denaturalization as an Affective Technology of Government
Theater School Amsterdam: Creative Producing in Context: Citizens by Act
ACCESS EUROPE, University of Amsterdam: Security/counterterrorism/ citizenship after the Paris attacks
Lisbon Summer School for the Study of Culture, the Lisbon Consortium: Cultural Citizenship in a Globalizing World. Commissioned post-doctorate masterclass with Dr. Esther Peeren
MAP lecture series, Leiden University: Affective Identities: Denaturalization and the Politics of Nationality in France
Monthly Seminar Series Centre for Political Theory, Université Libre, Brussel: L’altérité dans le discours de la Révolution Française; une généalogie des lois de dénaturalisation en France
“Denaturalization’s Narratives and the Plurality of Nationality Law in France,” conference paper at the Law’s Pluralities: Cultures, Narratives, Images, Gender Conference, May 2015, Justus Liebig University Giessen, Germany
“Security Rhetoric and Politics of National Identity in France: A Study of Sarkozy's Grenoble Speech,” joint conference paper with Sarah Perret at the ASEN conference on Nationalism: Diversity and Security, Apr 2015, London School of Economics, UK
“Detaching Frenchness: Denaturalization and Its Knowledge Politics,” conference paper at the international ASCA workshop, March 2015, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
“In Whose Name? The Authority of Denaturalization in France,” research paper at the Political Community: Authority in the Name of Community summer school, June 2014, Aberdeen, Scotland
“Modelling the self, creating the other: French denaturalization law in perspective of WWII,” conference paper at the BISA conference, June 2014, Dublin, Ireland
“'Terrorism and National Identity; Denaturalization in the Security Paradigm,” research paper at the European International Relations Summer School: “Security, Borders, Mobility,” organized by the Kent University, King's College London and Sciences-Po Paris, Sept 2013, Brussels, Belgium
“‘Terrorism’ and National Identity; Denaturalization in the Security Paradigm: Irregularity and Political Struggles,” conference paper at the international workshop Detention, Deportation, Drowning in la Mer Mortelle: Critical Perspectives on the Irregularization of Migration, Feb 2013, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
“Universal Political Ideals vs. Loving the Patrie: Olympe de Gouges's Trial,” conference paper at the NICA symposium on Love and Politics, Jan 2013, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
“Politics of Security and the Forfeiture of Nationality in France,” conference paper in panel on Immigrants vs. States at the Crimmigration Control Conference, Oct 2012, Coimbra, Portugal
“Re-drawing of Borders in the Age of Securitization,” conference paper in panel on Space, Borders and Identities at the International Conference Crossroads in Cultural Studies, July 2012, Paris, France
“Mechanisms of Framing: Denaturalization in the Age of Securitization,” conference paper in panel on Migration and the Media at the International Conference Crossroads in Cultural Studies, July 2012, Paris, France
“One Word: Two Nations,” paper given as part of my research visit at the University of London Institute in Paris, March 2012, Paris, France
“Denaturalization Law and the Framing of Migrants Identities in the Context of Security Culture,” conference paper at the international ASCA workshop, March 2012, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Social and cultural borders are becoming increasingly fragmented, displaced and plural. Globalization, immigration and the shifting parameters of the nation-state are topical phenomena that raise new questions concerning forms of community and that ask for new forms of representation. The growing scholarly literature on these topics translates an acute need to rethink the ways in which the dynamic of inclusion and exclusion is being understood in processes of community formation and its representation. This research group wishes to investigate whether the binary opposition between in- and exclusion is sufficient to understand the many facets of changing social relationships, political imagination, cultural representation, and juridical adaptations of this dynamic. We wish to tackle these topics from a wide and thoroughly interdisciplinary perspective, inviting scholars interested in issues of memory, heritage, identity, and representation as well as in those of migration, globalization, and national belonging. Possible case studies include the construction of national identity through militarism in Israel (Noa Roei), denaturalization laws in France (Marie Beauchamps), issues of xenophobia in South Africa (Hanneke Stuit), and participatory art and activism (Sruti Bala). Through a six-weekly reading group in which attention will be paid to a specific text’s or object’s investment in the creation and representation of exclusion, the group will work towards the organization of a symposium, which is meant to lead to the compilation of a publication on this theme.
The workshop focused on the different ways in which security and mobility are imagined to operate in the context of preemptive modes of security, and on how these security/mobility imaginaries become sedimented in material and discursive manifestations. It interrogated the effects of security and mobility architectures in the broadest sense–including borders, databases, discourses, and bureaucracies.
Keynote speakers were:
Prof. Dr. Louise Amoore, Prefossor in the Department of Geography, Durham University
Dr. Debbie Lisle, Senior Lecturer in International Relations and Cultural Studies, Queen's University Belfast
Prof. Dr. Luis Lobo-Gerrero, Professor of History and Theory of International Relations at the University of GRoningen
Organized by the University of Kent, King's College London and Sciences-Po Paris. September 2013, Brussels, Belgium.
The ASCA 2013 international workshop and conference concentrates on the notions of mobility, culture, and concepts through the themes of ‘dislocating agency’ and ‘moving objects’. We explore the cultural, political, and aesthetic values associated with phenomena of associations, demarcations, and transformations. How do ideas that ‘circulate’ affect or infect their environments? When languages or communications travel, what types of changes occur? What are the advantages or disadvantages of visualizing disciplines in terms of territories? When people ‘pass’, ‘cross over’, or ‘transition’, what do they teach us about how to imagine points of departure or destinations? Are those connections desirable or unavoidable? Over the course of the workshop, we urge questions of the imaginary and political consequences of the ways in which various cultures establish links between, on the one hand, notions of progress, revolution, integration, economic development, ageing, or healing, and, on the other hand, nomadism, border-crossing, migration, or commuting.
The keynote speakers at the workshop were:
BSc Politics, Psychology, Law, and Economics (PPLE):
- Power, Politics and Governance I
- Integrative Seminar on Human Rights
- Configurations of Citizenship
- Thesis supervision
7 Masterpieces - BA elective course in the humanities