School of Politics and International Relations

Professor Engin Isin, BCP (METU), MA (Waterloo), PhD (Toronto)

Engin

Professor in International Politics

Email: engin.isin@qmul.ac.uk
Telephone: 020 7882 6910
Room Number: Arts One, Room 2.16
Office Hours: By appointment only - please email to arrange.

Profile

Engin’s research and teaching focus on doing international politics: the ways in which people constitute themselves as actors or subjects of international politics through performances, movements, and struggles. Engin holds a bachelor's degree from Middle East Technical University (Turkey) and graduate degrees from the Universities of Waterloo (MA) and Toronto (PhD). He developed an early interest in continental philosophy and was educated as an historical sociologist and political sociologist.

Engin is a chief editor of Citizenship Studies and is the editor of a book series Frontiers of the Political with Rowman & Littlefield International.

Engin is based in Mile End and University of London Institute in Paris (ULIP) establishing a research community across two institutions on doing international politics especially concerning migration, borders, and citizenship.

Engin was a professor of social science (1996-2002) and Canada Research Chair (2002-2006) at York University, and a professor of politics at The Open University (2007-2016) before joining QMUL in 2017.

Undergraduate Teaching

POL203 Sites of International Politics in University of London Institute In Paris (ULIP).

On research leave January 2020

Postgraduate Teaching

POLM974 International Security in University of London Institute In Paris (ULIP).

Research

Research Interests:

Engin has undertaken historical and political sociological studies of British imperial and colonial practices in Africa, America, Asia and Middle East, Ottoman imperial and colonial practices in Europe and Middle East and North Africa and French colonialism in Quebec, Haiti, and Algeria. He has also conducted historical sociology of citizenship in Canada and Europe.

The driving force in all Engin’s studies has been the tension between imperial, colonial or national designs for conduct of people and how people subvert these designs by performative acts and invent political subjectivities. This is the tension he often explores in how people constitute themselves as international citizens.

Examples of research funding:

Leverhulme Trust Doctoral Scholars programme

Publications

This is a select list. Please visit Engin's blog "The Subject of Politics" for more publications.

Isin, Engin F. “Doing Rights with Things ” in Performing Citizenship: Bodies, Agencies, Limitations ed. Kerstin Evert, Paula Hildebrandt, Sibylle Peters, Mirjam Schaub, Kathrin Wildner and Gesa Ziemer (Palgrave, 2019).

Isin, Engin F., and Evelyn Ruppert. “Data's Empire: Postcolonial Data Politics,” in Data Politics: Worlds, Subjects, Rights, ed. Didier Bigo, Engin F. Isin and Evelyn Ruppert, vol. Routledge Studies in International Political Sociology (Routledge, 2019).

Isin, Engin F., “Mobile Peoples: Transversal Configurations,” Social Inclusion 6, 1 (2018): 10.17645/si.v17646i17641.11304.

Isin, Engin F. “Performative Citizenship,” in The Oxford Handbook of Citizenship, ed. Ayelet Shachar, Rainer Bauböck, Irene Bloemraad and Maarten Vink (Oxford University Press, 2017), 500-523.

Isin, Engin F. “Enacting International Citizenship,” in International Political Sociology: Transversal Lines, ed. Tugba Basaran, Didier Bigo, Emmanuel-Pierre Guittet and R. B. J. Walker (Routledge, 2017), 185-204.

 

Books (2002-)

2002. Being Political: Genealogies of Citizenship. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

2012. Citizens Without Frontiers. London: Bloomsbury. 

and Evelyn S. Ruppert. 2015. Being digital citizens. London: Rowman & Littlefield International.

 

Edited Books (2013-)

and Michael Saward, eds. 2013. Enacting European Citizenship. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

ed. 2014. Citizenship after Orientalism: An Unfinished Project. London: Routledge.

and Peter Nyers, eds. 2014. Routledge handbook of global citizenship studies. London: Routledge.ed. 2015. 

Citizenship after orientalism: transforming political theory. London: Palgrave.

 

Chapters (2013-)

2013. "Citizenship after Orientalism: Genealogical Investigations." In Comparative Political Thought: Theorizing Practices, edited by Michael Freeden and Andrew Vincent. London: Routledge.

2013. "Two Regimes of Rights?" In Citizenship and security: the constitution of political being, edited by Xavier Guillaume and Jef Huysmans, 53-74. London: Routledge.

and Michael Saward. 2013. "Questions of European Citizenship." In Enacting European Citizenship, edited by Engin F. Isin and Michael Saward, 1-18. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

2013. "Claiming European Citizenship." In Enacting European Citizenship, edited by Engin F. Isin and Michael Saward, 19-46. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

2013. "We, the Non-Europeans: Derrida with Said." In Europe After Derrida, edited by Bora Isyar and Agnes Czajka, 108-119. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

2014. "Acts." In Migration: A COMPAS Anthology, edited by Bridget Anderson and Michael Keith. Oxford: COMPAS.

and Peter Nyers. 2014. "Globalizing Citizenship Studies." In Routledge handbook of global citizenship studies, edited by Engin F. Isin and Peter Nyers, 1-11. London: Routledge.

2015. "Citizenship's Empire." In Citizenship after orientalism: transforming political theory, edited by Engin F. Isin, 263-281. London: Palgrave.

2016. "We, the Non-Europeans." In Conflicting Humanities, edited by Rosi Braidotti and Paul Gilroy, 229-244. London: Bloomsbury.

2017. "Enacting International Citizenship." In International Political Sociology: Transversal Lines, edited by Tugba Basaran, Didier Bigo, Emmanuel-Pierre Guittet and R. B. J. Walker, 185-204. London: Routledge.

2017. "Performative Citizenship." In The Oxford handbook of Citizenship, edited by Ayelet Shachar, Rainer Bauböck, Irene Bloemraad and Maarten Vink. Oxford: Oxford University Press .

2017. "Citizenship Studies and the Middle East " In The Crisis of Citizenship in The Arab World, edited by Nils A. Butenschøn and Roel Meijer. Leiden: Brill.

 

Articles (2009-)

2009. "Citizenship in Flux: The Figure of the Activist Citizen." Subjectivity (29):367-388.

2012. "Citizens Without Nations."  Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 30 (1):450-467.

2012. "Citizenship after orientalism: an unfinished project."  Citizenship Studies 16 (5-6):563-572.

and Evelyn S. Ruppert. 2017. "Citizen Snowden."  International Journal of Communication (IJoC), volume 11

Supervision

Deirdre Troy, The politics of revocation: a British history of population management (2017)

Sophie Crowe, African Migrants Becoming Political in Israel (2017)

Janina Pescinski, Citizens in Solidarity: Contesting the Criminalization of Assistance to Migrants (2018)

Benedetta Zocchi, On Dehumanisation, Citizenship and Coloniality at EU borders (2019)

Lucy Kneebone, Politics of the In-Between: Acts of Resistance (2019)

Public Engagement

Engin has worked with numerous non-governmental organisations, activist groups, galleries, and museums over the years. Most recent of these include Migration Museum Project, Tate Modern, Counterpoints Arts, and ACT REAL.