(Re)Imagining Belonging in Latin America and Beyond- Day Two

Over the next ten years, states are carrying out large-scale registrations in alignment with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which aim to provide more than one billion people around the world with evidentiary proof of their legal and digital existence by 2030.

Held by the Centre for Latin American and Caribbean Studies in collaboration with the Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion, our multidisciplinary symposium ‘(Re)Imagining Belonging in Latin America and Beyond: Access to Citizenship, Digital Identity and Rights’ included the participation of scholars, practitioners, policymakers and legal specialists to examine the impact of contemporary ID practices on the lived experiences of populations in the Americas and further afield.

The conference highlighted the complex and contradictory ways in which Indigenous, Afro-descended, and nonbinary populations, and others, experience ID systems. It underlined how historically many people have already faced widespread discrimination and exclusion from formal citizenship. The event therefore challenged the assumption that the universal provision of documentation will inevitably foment the social, and increasingly, financial inclusion of everyone.

Panel 4: The Dawn of a New Era? Digital Identity, Rights and COVID-19
Chair: Amal de Chickera, Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion (ISI)
Speakers: Dr Bridget Wooding, Claudio Machado, Analúcia Alonso, Letícia Bartholo & Natasha Hornink, Dr George Tian, Dr Vivianny Galvão & Dr Sanzhuan (Sandra) Guo 

  • The entanglement of biometrics with the COVID-19 response in the Dominican Republic: Who does not get in?
    Bridget Wooding, Centro para la Observación Migratoria y el Desarrollo Social en el Caribe (OBMICA)
  • Challenges for the Identification of the Citizen during the Social Protection Response to COVID-19s pandemic in Brazil
    Claudio Machado, Independent Consultant in Social Identification, Analúcia Alonso, Social Protection Policy Consultant, World Bank, Letícia Bartholo, Public Manager of the Federal Government and Researcher in Social Protection Policies & Natasha Hornink, Research Assistant in Public Policies, University of Coimbra
  • Digital Divide v Access to Citizen Rights: Comparative Studies of Digital ID Systems in Australia, Brazil and China in the Context of COVID-19 
    George Yijun Tian, University of Technology Sydney (UTS), Vivianny Kelly Galvão, Centro Universitário Tiradentes & Sanzhuan (Sandra) Guo, College of Business, Government and Law, Flinders University

Panel 5: Birth Registration, Digital Identification and Biometrics
Chair: Dr Eve Hayes de Kalaf, Centre for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS)
Speakers: Kirsten Di Martino, Laura Bingham, Professor Imke Harbers 

  • Birth registrations and the right to an identity as conceptualised within international development policy
    Kirsten Di Martino, Senior Adviser Child Protection, UNICEF
  • Lifecycle Myths and the Magic of the State in Digital Identification 
    Laura Bingham, Open Society Justice Initiative
  • Uneven Citizenship: Gender Bias, Birth Registration, and Patterns of Political Inclusion in Mexico
    Imke Harbers, University of Amsterdam 

Panel 6: Citizenship-Stripping, Statelessness and the Creation of Foreigners:The Case of the Dominican Republic
Chair: Dr Bridget Wooding, Centro para la Observación Migratoria y el Desarrollo Social en el Caribe (OBMICA)
Speakers: Dr Eve Hayes de Kalaf, Allison Petrozziello, Dr Megan Myers & Iris Diendomi Álvarez

  • Dominican or not Dominican? Citizens and their Experiences of Legal Identity Measures
    Eve Hayes de Kalaf, Centre for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS)
  • Birth Registration as Bordering Practice in the Dominico-Haitian Borderlands 
    Allison Petrozziello, Wilfrid Laurier University, Balsillie School of International Affairs
  • Documenting ‘In-Transit’ in the Dominican Republic
    Megan Myers, Department of World Languages and Cultures, Iowa State University & Rosa Iris Diendomi Álvarez, Independent

Global Roundtable
Chair: Dr Bronwen Manby, London School of Economics (LSE)
Speakers: Professor Amanda Flaim, Jaap van der Straaten, Professor Keren Weitzberg, Debasreeta Deb

  • Drawing Borders in Blood: DNA Testing, Citizenship, and Statelessness Prevention in Thailand
    Amanda Flaim, Michigan State University’s James Madison College of Public Affairs, and the Department of Sociology; affiliate faculty of the Asian Studies Center and the Center for Gender in Global Context
  • Mobile phones for civil registration: Reculer pour mieux sauter? A review of Ghana’s m-birth evaluation, and beyond
    Jaap van der Straaten, founder of CRC4D, the Civil Registration Centre for Development
  • Expulsion through the Database?: Datafied Citizenship and Biometric Management in Kenya
    Keren Weitzberg, University College London
  • From Citizens to Stateless: Crisis, Othering, Persecution and the Complex Realities in India’s National Register of Citizens
    Debasreeta Deb, University of Otago

Closing Remarks
Dr Eve Hayes de Kalaf, Centre for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS), Institute of Modern Language Studies (IMLR), School of Advanced Study, University of London

Centre for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS)
Event date: 
Thursday, 24 June 2021 - 12:00pm