Eve Hayes De Kalaf (Liverpool): 'Organising Citizens: Legal Identity, Access to Documentation and Race in the Contemporary Dominican Republic'
|Starts:||17:00 12 Feb 2020|
|Ends:||18:30 12 Feb 2020|
|What is it:||Seminar|
|Organiser:||School of Arts, Languages and Cultures|
|Speaker:||Eve Hayes De Kalaf|
Part of the Centre for Latin American and Caribbean Studies seminar series.
Abstract: Legal identity is a global story. Over the coming decade, states are aiming to provide all people, everywhere with evidentiary proof of their legal existence as part of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Notwithstanding, my research in the Dominican Republic illustrates how the expansion of legal identity practices have also forced the thorny question of nationality, leading to disputes over who the state recognises as members of the body politic. This paper will focus principally on the experiences of native-born documented Dominicans of (largely, but not exclusively) Haitian descent, many of whom have encountered obstacles when attempting to access or renew their paperwork. The talk will examine the ways in which social protection measures designed to include citizens for state assistance can instead result in exclusionary practices on the basis of race, ethnicity and/or national origin. The research therefore speaks to the struggles that other groups are currently facing over contemporary identification practices. This includes Latino-descended populations born in the US, the Windrush generation and their children in the UK as well as the experiences of EU citizens in a post-Brexit world.
Eve Hayes De Kalaf
Role: Postdoctoral Research Associate
Organisation: University of Liverpool
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