The Heart of the State: Borders, Margins and Definitions of Citizenship

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This theme panel seeks to frame the marked changes occurring across the globe in definitions of who sits at the core meaning of the state. While there is still considerable debate about their meaning and significance, the 2016 Trump Election, Brexit, the rise of Christian and Islamic movements are examples of recent events which raise questions about the location and definition of the heart of the state, and who sets the boundaries and margins of the state. The rapid and unexpected developments in a number of settings allows for an exploration of the strategies developed for resetting borders and margins, as well as papers which consider changes in public opinion, the rise of racially conservative movements, and shifts in attitudes on gender and religion. The panel is intentionally broad and global in scope with an opportunity to explore a range of empirical, methodological and theoretical approaches.