(Re)Imagining Belonging in Latin America and Beyond: Access to Citizenship, Digital Identity and Rights

(Re)Imagining Belonging in Latin America and Beyond: Access to Citizenship, Digital Identity and Rights
23 June 2021, 3.00pm - 8.00pm
Online- via Zoom

Centre for Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Keynote Speaker: Wendy Hunter (The University of Texas at Austin College of Liberal Arts)

Over the next ten years, states will try to provide more than one billion people around the world with evidentiary proof of their legal and digital existence. To achieve this, they are carrying out large-scale registrations in alignment with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs are ambitious and farreaching in scale, aiming to “provide [a] legal identity for all” by 2030. Our growing dependency on these practices has been couched within a discourse of belonging, social inclusion and the universal right to a legal and, increasingly, digital identity. Policymakers, development specialists and governments therefore broadly assume identification measures, and the digital technologies that support them, to be largely inclusionary. 

This conference aims to link global contemporary debates on digital ID systems, citizenship and rights to explore the complex and contradictory ways in which identities exist and are experienced in the Latin American and the Caribbean context. This is to highlight how, in the Americas, identity/identities, race and constructs of belonging are consistently (re)imagined and (re)interpreted. We are particularly interested in the impact of these questions on the lived experiences of Indigenous, Afro-descended, income poor populations and women, many of whom have historically faced widespread discrimination and exclusion from formal citizenship.

Image credit
Greg Constantine http://www.nowherepeople.org/

This conference has been organised in collaboration with the Institute Statelessness and Inclusion.

All welcome

This event is free to attend, but booking is required. It will be held online with details about how to join the virtual event being circulated via email to registered attendees 24 hours in advance.


Cathy Collins