Ta’al Bachir (Come Tomorrow): The Politics of Waiting for Citizenship


Thu, 09/10/2020 - 3:00pm to Mon, 06/05/2023 - 9:39am


Part of the Fall 2020 Middle Eastern and North African Studies Colloquium Series

Noora Lori, Assistant Professor, Pardee School of Global Studies, Boston University

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When it comes to extending citizenship to some groups, why might ruling political elites say neither “yes” nor “no,” but “wait”? The dominant theories of citizenship tend to recognize clear distinctions between citizens and aliens; either one has citizenship or one does not. In this presentation, Dr. Lori will discuss her recent book that explains how and why some minorities are neither fully included nor simply expelled by a state. Instead, they can be suspended in limbo – residing in a territory for extended periods without ever accruing any citizenship rights. 


Noora Lori is an Assistant Professor of International Relations at the Pardee School of Global Studies, Boston University. Her book, Offshore Citizens: Permanent “Temporary” Status in the Gulf (Cambridge University Press 2019) examines the citizenship and migration policies of the United Arab Emirates, where non-citizens make up 90 percent of the population. She has published on the topics of migration and citizenship in a number of peer reviewed journals and in the Oxford Handbook on Citizenship. She was previously an Academy Scholar at the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies. Her work has been funded by the ACLS/Mellon foundation, Ziet-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius, the Hariri Institute for Computing and Computer Engineering (BU), the Initiative on Cities (BU) (2016; 2019), as well as other grants. At BU, she received the Gitner Family Prize for Faculty Excellence (2014) and the CAS Templeton Award for Excellence in Student Advising (2015). 

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