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Beyond Ethics: Critical Perspectives on Cosmopolitanism - Einzelansicht

Veranstaltungsart Seminar Veranstaltungsnummer
SWS 2 Semester SoSe 2022
Einrichtung Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik   Sprache englisch
Belegungsfrist 01.04.2022 - 10.05.2022

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Seminar Mi 14:00 bis 16:00 wöchentlich 20.04.2022 bis 27.07.2022 Dr. Raja   30

A cosmopolitan perspective seeks to counter modern nationalism’s tendency to link cultures and identities to specific places by focusing on the world as a whole rather than on an enclave within it. It may be seen to possess, in other words, the potential for offering an ethics for globalization. Yet, precisely because so many of the crucial relationships that shape the forces of globalization are indirect, these are not easily reducible to interpersonal norms. The problem with cosmopolitanism, as Craig Calhoun argues, lies in its suggestion that it is an attitude that can be assumed without altering the political or economic structures which lie outside of the individual. What kind of purchase, then, do cosmopolitan theories have on the contemporary world?

This course seeks to introduce students to some of the major strands in the debate on cosmopolitanism, how these tend to draw upon a series of other closely related forces that are shaping the world: Where does cosmopolitan thinking stand in relation to the spectre of resurgent nationalism we are seeing unfold around us today? Does cosmopolitanism always work in conjunction with globalization? Can it offer us an ethic of living in a multicultural society? What understandings of cosmopolitanism might help us negotiate a postcolonial future? Drawing on a selection of readings from a range of disciplines including philosophy, anthropology, politics, history, sociology, and literature, the course seeks to promote a layered understanding of a conceptual perspective whose capacity for understanding, critiquing and negotiating the world in which we live today is beginning to be questioned.




Wk 1:                          Introductory and Organisational Session       


Wk 2:                          Hannerz, Ulf. “Cosmopolitans and Locals in World Culture.” Theory, Culture & Society, vol. 7, no. 2–3, June 1990,

                                   pp. 237–251.


                                   Nussbaum, Martha. “Patriotism and Cosmopolitanism”, Boston Review, vol.19, no. 5, 1994, pp. 3–6.


Wk 3:                          Appiah, Kwame Anthony. Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of

                                    Strangers, Penguin, 2006.


Wk 4:                          Rushdie, Salman. The Satanic Verses, Viking Penguin, 1988.                                                                                   

Wk 5:                          Bhabha, Homi. "Unsatisfied: Notes on Vernacular Cosmopolitanism." Text and Nation, edited by Laura Garcia

                                   Morena and Peter C. Pfeifer, Camden House, 1996, pp.191–207.   


Wk 6:                          Ghosh, Amitav. Sea of Poppies, Viking Press, 2008.  


Wk 7:                          Mignolo, Walter. “The Many Faces of Cosmo-polis: Border

                                    Thinking and Critical Cosmopolitanism.” Public Culture, vol.12, no.3,

                                    September 2000, pp. 721–748.


Wk 8:                          Danticat, Edwidge. The Farming of Bones, Penguin, 1998.


Wk 9:                          Delanty, Gerard. “Not All Is Lost in Translation: World Varieties of Cosmopolitanism.” Cultural Sociology, vol. 8,

                                   no. 4, 2014, pp. 374–391.


                                   Bielsa, Esperança. “Cosmopolitanism as Translation.” Cultural Sociology, vol. 8, no.4, 2014, pp. 392–406.


Wk 10:                        Aboulela, Leila. The Translator, Grove Press, 1999.


Wk 11:                        Kumar, Priya. “Rethinking Secularism.” The Ethics of Coexistence in Indian Literature and Film, University of

                                   Minnesota Press, 2008, pp. 1–44.


Wk 12:                         Ahtesham, Manzoor. A Dying Banyan, [1986] translated by Kuldip Singh, Rupa, 2005.


Wk 13:                         Constable, Nicole. “The Commodification of Intimacy: Marriage, Sex, and Reproductive Labor.” Annual Review of

                                     Anthropology, vol. 38, 2009, pp. 49–64.


                                     Salazar Parrenas, Rhacel. “International Division of Reproductive Labour”, Servants of Globalization: Women,

                                     Migration, and Domestic Work, Stanford UP, 2001.


Wk 14:                         Malladi, Amulya. A House for Happy Mothers: A Novel, Lake Union Publishing, 2016.


Wk 15:                        Concluding Discussion.


3 CP Response Paper

Keine Einordnung ins Vorlesungsverzeichnis vorhanden. Veranstaltung ist aus dem Semester SoSe 2022 , Aktuelles Semester: SoSe 2023