GSA annual conference 2013 call for papers The Cosmopolitan Ideal: Challenges and Opportunities Roehampton University, Wed 10th –Fri 12th July 2013

  • Michael Murphy (Participant)

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I have been asked by Chris Rumford to convene 2-3 panels at this conference. Broadly, possible themes for these panels will be: Cosmopolitanism: Who’s Ideal? Being Cosmopolitan in an imperfect world; Theory, borders, and Empire; Cosmopolitan realism. Please contact me at if you would like to present a paper for further details and to discuss the themes.
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.
Period1 Apr 2013
Event typeOther