calling all denizens
W/ COUNTERPUBLIC FESTIVAL BY THE LUMINARY & TUFTS UNIVERSITY / SCHOOL OF THE MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS
Calling All Denizens is a participatory research project that facilitates conversations, workshops, and programs that aim to cooperatively imagine the new political practice of denizenship as an alternative to the notion of citizenship. “Denizen,” derived from Latin deintus, literally means “from within.” Building on this historical meaning, Calling All Denizens partners with individuals and organizations to explore the notions of “from within” and “from without” as they pertain to the nuances of citizenship, sovereignty, migration, exile, and diasporas. Calling All Denizens aims to give rise to a more compassionate, ethical, and genuine vision of a society that holds its denizens dear.
DENIZENS RESOURCE BOOK FOR LIBRARIES
W/ THE WOMEN’S STUDIO WORKSHOP
The Resource Book, published by the Women’s Studio Workshop, compiles the research and writing that frames the broader social project. Largely inspired by White by Law: The Legal Construction of Race by Ian Haney Lopez, this book delves into the history of immigration and naturalization policy in the U.S., focusing on racial prerequisite laws which limited citizenship to “free white aliens” until 1952. It includes summaries of the 52 court cases that challenged these laws, naming the individuals who questioned the racialized nature of American citizenship. This artist’s book is formatted as a toolkit for those wish to further the aims of Calling All Denizens, and consists of a xerox-printed resource book, workshop plan, letterpress-printed manifesto, pencil, and a screen-printed flag. The workshop plan is designed to facilitate expansive conversation and learning around the exclusive and racialized history of citizenship and may be reproduced for educational purposes.
Trade copies of the Resource Book are also available for educators, librarians, and others who wish to organize their own workshops, please email if interested or download a free PDF here. Programming around the project has taken place in at Tufts University in Boston, MA, at Counterpublic in St. Louis, MO, at OOF Books in Los Angeles, CA, and at the Women’s Studio Workshop in Kingston, NY.