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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Institut für Europäische Ethnologie

Minor Cosmopolitan Weekend

6. - 8.12.2018
Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin



3 days of lecture, debate, film, exhibition, music

organized by „Minor Cosmopolitanisms“
a joint DFG funded Research Training Group (Graduiertenkolleg) of Universität Potsdam, Freie Universität Berlin & Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (Institut für Europäische Ethnologie)


Around the turn of the millennium, academics and politicians predicted that the world would grow together as one and that people would become less bound by national affiliations. Almost twenty years later, there is little left of this vision. This is not such a surprise when we consider that the cosmopolitan ideal (as articulated during the European Enlightenment) wholeheartedly embraced the promises of a globalising economy, yet has remained oblivious to, and even complicit with, capitalist exploitation, slavery, and colonialism. Yet should we abandon the cosmopolitan idea because of this corrupt history? Or should it rather be reviewed and rethought in the face of rising nationalism? What are alternative traditions and practices of the cosmopolitan from across the globe?



In lectures, films, and performances, Arjun Appadurai, Manthia Diawara, Julian Henriques, Vivian Price, Michelle Wright, and other participants will explore these questions and experiment with ideas and practices of doing, undoing and redoing the cosmopolitan.


Full programme available at https://www.uni-potsdam.de/minorcosmopolitanweekend

Free admission!