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  • RTG Minor Cosmopolitanisms

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Welcome to the Research Training Group Minor Cosmopolitanisms!

The Research Training Group (RTG) Minor Cosmopolitanisms wishes to establish new ways of studying and understanding the cosmopolitan project against and beyond its Eurocentric legacies. It will focus on concrete critical, artistic as well as everyday practices that straddle the schism between cultural relativism and humanist universalism, and combine visions of transcultural justice, peace and conviviality with an ethical commitment to difference and alterity.

The RTG took up its work in October 2016 with its first generation of doctoral and postdoctoral researchers. To celebrate the start of the programme, and present the RTG's aims and approaches, our opening event was held on 28 October, 2016 at the University of Potsdam.

Learn more about the Research Training Group’s take on ‘minor cosmopolitanisms’, its research profile and qualification programme, and its international network of partner institutions.

Meet the group of scholars who initiated the Research Training Group (local supervisors), as well as the associated local and international scholars joining them.

Find out more about the application process and procedures to become a doctoral or postdoctoral fellow.

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Radical Cosmopolitanism and Insurgent Universality

James Ingram (McMaster University, Canada) will give a talk entitled "Radical Cosmopolitanism and Insurgent Universality: Rethinking Universalism in Postcolonial Times" with commentary by Rajni Palriwala (University of Delhi, India). The talk seeks to answer the question: can the old notions of cosmopolitanism and universalism, with their deep roots in 'western' traditions and connections to centuries Euro-American imperialism, serve critical and emancipatory purposes in an age that seeks to transcend these legacies? Ingram argues that they can, but that we must insist on very specific versions of each: what he calls radical cosmopolitanism and insurgent universality. Together they recast universalism as a particular logic of criticism and political action that seeks to seize and re-articulate the universal against the limits of its historically given cultural and political configurations. This radical insurgent universalism first appeared in with the invention of cosmopolitanism in ancient Greece, but in the modern world it can be identified with a tradition of revolutionary universality that took shape through the great emancipatory movements of the last two centuries. In his talk, Ingram seeks to outline the emergence of this tradition in the French and Haitian Revolutions, focusing on its ambivalent relation to anti-, post, and decolonial perspectives. 

Friday June 1st, 2018, 16:00 

Institut for Latin American Studies (LAI) 
Room 201 
Freie Universität Berlin 
Rüdesheimer Straße 54-56, 14197 Berlin

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Transdualism: The A/History of Yinyang

Minor Cosmopolitanisms fellow Zairong Xiang will give a talk at Haus der Kulturen der Welt for their "Neolithic Childhood, Art in a False Present c. 1930" conference on Transdualism and using it to re-read the concept of Yinyang: Transdualism offers an opportunity to dwell below (not beyond) “dualism,” that is, below the logic of either/or. It intends to formulate a critique of dualism without relying on a dualistic model of critique, particularly in what concerns the question of the gendered body. The talk will first explore the notion of “transdualism” by performing a decolonial and de-straightened reading of the concept of yinyang as it is embedded in its etymology, related religious, medical, and philosophical texts, as well as its transformation through history. It will also look at several moments in modern time when yinyang is studied or evoked, especially in Europe, starting from the 1930's onwards when important works on, and translations of, Chinese philosophy became available. 

Sunday May 27th, 1:45pm

Haus der Kulturen der Welt
John -Foster-Dulles-Allee 10, 10557 Berlin 
 

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