Challenges for a Global Sociology I: Extending the Postcolonial Critique

Monday, 11 July 2016: 16:00-17:30
Location: Hörsaal 45 (Main Building)
RC35 Conceptual and Terminological Analysis (host committee)

Language: Spanish and English

Recent decades have seen a number of challenges to standard interpretations of the global within critical social and cultural theory. These have included critiques of methodological nationalism as well as postcolonial and decolonial criticisms of Eurocentrism and Orientalism. Many of the debates have centred on a call to rethink modernity from other perspectives and to develop a new global sociology.
In this session, we invite papers that extend the critiques being made and that seek to think through contemporary understandings of global sociology with a focus on the challenges and possible limitations of the positions being identified. We would also welcome papers that discuss these debates in the context of particular empirical examples such as reconsiderations of the idea of “Cosmopolitan Europe” to take into account its racial and multicultural constituencies.
Session Organizers:
Oliver KOZLAREK, Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás, Mexico and Gurminder K. BHAMBRA, University of Warwick, United Kingdom
Ipek DEMIR, University of Leicester, United Kingdom
Connected Sociologies: From Cosmopolitan Europe to Postcolonial Europe
Gurminder K. BHAMBRA, University of Warwick, United Kingdom
Moral Economy Versus Political Economy: Provincializing Polanyi
John HOLMWOOD, University of Nottingham, United Kingdom