Cosmopolitic and Cultural Sociology

Friday, 20 July 2018: 08:30-10:20
RC16 Sociological Theory (host committee)

Language: English and French

Cosmopolitanism has become one of the key concepts for contemporary sociological theorists in critically examining various global problems, such as transnational conflicts, economic global inequalities, environmental interdependences, and refugee crises. Cosmopolitan thinking  can be conceived as  an ethos of openness and reciprocity (Delanty) capable of transforming cultural practices and identities to facilitate dialogues between the self and the foreign other; for example, the construction of plural memories and multiples selves (Taylor) and new styles of Bildung (Buber) that transcend national incorporation with transnational attachement. This transformative potential of cosmopolitanism, however, is not only cultural but also political:  cosmopolitics involves collective actions to reconfigure political institutions hitherto anchored in the logic of nationalism (Beck), to create new forms of solidarity between the North and the South (Kurasawa), and even generate subaltern critiques of power relations surrounding cosmopolitanism itself (Werbner). This panel welcomes a variety of papers that critically examine the operations of cosmopolitanism in cultural and political practices in the contemporary world, ranging from expressive performances and dispositifs of cohabitation ( Butler) to the reassembling of social and public spaces.
Session Organizers:
Gilles VERPRAET, University Paris OUest Nanterre, France and Hiro SAITO, Singapore Management University, Singapore
Oral Presentations
Hospitality – Jacques Derrida’s Contribution to Theory
Anni GREVE, Roskilde University Department of Social Sciences and Business, Denmark
Complex Culturalism Vs. Multiculturalism: The South Korean Approach to Cosmopolit(an)Ization
Kyung-Sup CHANG, Seoul National University, Republic of Korea
Distributed Papers
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