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Around the turn of the millennium, academics and politicians predicted that the world would grow together as one and that people would become less bound by national affiliations. Almost twenty years later, there is little left of this vision. This is not such a surprise when we consider that the cosmopolitan ideal (as articulated during the European Enlightenment) wholeheartedly embraced the promises of a globalising economy, yet has remained oblivious to, and even complicit with, capitalist exploitation, slavery, and colonialism. Yet should we abandon the cosmopolitan idea because of this corrupt history? Or should it rather be reviewed and rethought in the face of rising nationalism? What are alternative traditions and practices of the cosmopolitan from across the globe?
In lectures, films, and performances, Arjun Appadurai, Manthia Diawara, Julian Henriques, Vivian Price, Michelle Wright, and other participants will explore these questions and experiment with ideas and practices of doing, undoing and redoing the cosmopolitan.
Lecture, Debate, Film, Exhibition, Music
December 6th – 8th 2018
At Haus der Kulturen der Welt
This lecture series investigates children as migrants, political subjects, transnational actors in contemporary and historical contexts of migration, across the Global North and Global South. It also explores attitudes and policies towards child (im)migrants, and the construct of childhood itself as it gets politicized and circulated in the realms of law, politics, media, art, literature, etc. The talks, by scholars from different disciplines as well as speakers from outside academia, aim to forge a space in which a child-centred perspective on children’s border crossings - whether as adoptees, refugees, asylum seekers, or economic migrants - not only becomes visible, but integral to a more nuanced understanding of the geopolitical contexts of migration and the relationship between transnational migration and (post)colonialism.
The lectures will be taking place from 10-12, room 1.09. 1.15