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Cosmopolitanism in Context, Stockholm, 24-26 November 2011‏

Cosmopolitanism in a Wider Context: Conceptualizing Past and Present
International conference at Södertörn University/The Nobel Museum,
Stockholm, 24–26 November 2011
Ideas and aims
Cosmopolitanism has been a major topic in academia since the end of the
cold war. While cosmopolitanism and multiculturalism have been recognized
officially, xenophobia has become more intense. Is cosmopolitanism a way
out of the xenophobic state, or is the interest in cosmopolitanism in
itself adding to antagonism and disrespect for human rights?
The problem can be highlighted from several different aspects. However,
cosmopolitanism has been extensively theorized within the social sciences,
where the semantic field often tends to be separated from its historical
context. In an effort to make the academic discussion more responsive to
conceptual and historical perspectives, we would like to gather
researchers with different backgrounds to an international conference on
cosmopolitanism, with a special view to its conceptual history.
New perspecitves
The aim of the conference is to present a new perspective on a
contemporary discourse, which is often dominated by ahistorical
presumptions. The conference seeks to create a meeting between the social
sciences and humanities in order to examine how the history, and
prehistory, of cosmopolitanism has left traces in contemporary notions and
perceptions. We are interested in how the history of the concept says
something about the often contradictory meanings attributed to the term
today—empirically, theoretically, and normatively.
What impact did the events of 1989 have on the conceptualization of
How have the concepts of cosmopolitanism and the cosmopolitan been
used in the past—and how and why are they used differently today?
Can the cosmopolitan project be released from its original
Enlightenment impulses of Eurocentrism and Occidentalism?
How do we create or reconstruct a linguistic horizon of
intelligibility that transcends rather than reproduces the
dichotomizing implications of cosmopolitanism, such as between
West/East (and North/South)?
The conference is organized by the Center for Baltic and East European
Studies (CBEES) at Södertörn University, in cooperation with the Nobel
Museum in Stockholm, and is coordinated by PhD Kristian Pertrov. It is
open also for scholars, students and other interested who do not intend to
participate in the sessions with a paper. The conference is organized in
connection with the research project `East of Cosmopolis': (In
English/Research/Research database)
At the conference, participants will be allotted 20 minutes to present
their papers, including discussions. Papers should be distributed among
the participants of a particular panel session; at the sessions all
participants are expected to have read each other's papers and to be able
to comment upon them in relation to their own paper, and vice versa.
Places and schedules
The conference will last three days and consist of keynote lectures,
parallel panel sessions and, possibly, workshops. The venue will be the
assembly hall at Södertörn University, in South Stockholm. On the second
day, Friday 25 November, the conference will be moved to Old Town in
Stockholm, and be situated in the 18th century building of the Nobel
Museum. All participants will have the possibility to visit the Nobel
price exhibitions after the keynote session.
Keynote speakers
Andrew Vincent, Professor of Political Theory, University of Sheffield.
Georg Cavallar, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, University of Vienna.
Galin Tihanov, Professor of Comparative Literature and Intellectual
History, University of Manchester.
Mica Nava, Professor of Cultural Studies, University of East London
Topics may be chosen freely, but should be contextualized conceptually or
historically, with regards to the problems and questions addressed in the
Those interested in chairing a session, or suggesting its theme or a
workshop, should send in a one-page proposal, including information about
current position and past activities.
Registration form
Full paper submission
Once the abstracts are accepted, the full papers for the presentations
must be submitted to the conference organizer before October 26th. Papers
will afterwards be considered for publication in an anthology or a special
issue of a peer reviewed journal.
Key dates and deadlines
Abstracts/applications due: 19th May 2011
Acceptance notification: 21st June 2011
Publication of conference program: 5th September 2011
Full paper submission/confirmation of registration: 26th October 2011
Conference: 24–26 November 2011
Conference coordinator
Kristian Petrov. Contact:
Karin Lindebrant. Contact:
Call for papers application
Abstract submission
Proposals of maximum 400 words, together with a registration form, should
be sent to Kristian Petrov before 19th May 2011.
Abstract proposals will be peer reviewed. The authors of the accepted
abstracts will be notified by 21st June.