The Cosmopolitan Ideal: Challenges and Opportunities
Roehampton University, Wed 10th – Fri 12th July 2013
Keynote speakers (confirmed): Gerard Delanty (University of Sussex), Kate Nash (Goldsmith’s College, University of London)The conference aims to critically interrogate the idea of cosmopolitanism. Whereas previously cosmopolitanism was associated with (abstract) ideas of world citizenship and universal brotherhood, more recent constructions emphasize the multiplicity of identities, belongings, and memberships that are possible across a plurality of communities. In addition to a rejection of a narrow nationalistic outlook cosmopolitanism can claim a new political content: the idea of world citizenship has been given substance through notions of environmental responsibility, the universality of human and personhood rights, and the drive for worldwide human development. For these and many other reasons cosmopolitanism provides an important perspective on processes of globalization and the interconnectedness of the world.
The conference organizers invite proposals for papers which address themes of relevance to the conference, including:
- The politics of cosmopolitanism
- Cosmopolitanism, global civil society and human rights
- Cosmopolitanism and identity
- The cosmopolitan city
- Cosmopolitan business practices and cross-cultural management
- Critical cosmopolitanism
- Cosmopolitan theory in global studies
- Cosmopolitanism and the media
Proposals for papers should take the form of a 300 word abstract and may be submitted on any aspect of the conference theme. The organisers will allocate papers to an appropriate panel. The deadline for submission of abstracts is April 30 2013. Please send to conference organizer Darren O’Byrne at D.OByrne@roehampton.ac.uk
Costs: Full registration £175 (includes accommodation, lunch and other refreshments, and conference fee). Discounted student registration £150. Conference dinner £40 extra for all delegates. Registration includes automatic GSA membership.