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Gurminder Bhambra (University of Warwick)
Postcolonial Cosmopolitanism: A Contradiction in Terms?
Most discussions of cosmopolitanism start with its intellectual genealogy being a European one, associating ‘being cosmopolitan’ (as a practice) with being in the West. More recent discussions of cosmopolitanism, such as by Habermas and Beck, have sought explicitly to tie the concept to the emergence and development of the project of European Union. Rarely do such understandings, however, also take into account European domination over much of the world which occurred contemporaneously as one of the conditions of cosmopolitanism. Nor is there much acknowledgement that there have been cosmopolitan practices and the development of cosmopolitan ideas in other parts of the world outside of European contact, sometimes developed in relation to European contact, and not subordinate to it. In this talk, I address the possibilities for a ‘postcolonial cosmopolitanism’ and discuss what work we would need to do to ensure this.
Thursday, April 27th 2017; 18-20 // Campus Neues Palais, Building 9, Room 2.15 (second floor)
Seminar with Gurminder Bhambra (University of Warwick)
Friday, April 28th 2017; 10-12