Cosmopolitismes locaux / Local Cosmopolitanisms, 20-22 February 2014

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Joerg Esleben, University of Ottawa
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Local Cosmopolitanisms

University of Ottawa – February 20th-22nd, 2014

Conceptions of cosmopolitanism have emerged as powerful political tools, particularly in responses to globalization, as productive aesthetic strategies across various arts, and as key theoretical prisms in many academic disciplines. This conference aims to take stock of these developments by examining local ideas about world citizenship, as well as their functions and effects in and across different national and cultural contexts. Some possible topics include:

• Tensions within conceptions of cosmopolitanism between local, national, and universal elements.
• Relations of cosmopolitanism to conceptions such as internationalism, interculturalism, multiculturalism, transculturation, etc.
• Discourses of/on cosmopolitanism.
• Cosmopolitan aesthetics / aesthetic strategies to represent cosmopolitanism.
• Positive, negative, and ambivalent readings of cosmopolitanism.
• Migration and cosmopolitanism.
• Performing cosmopolitanism / cosmopolitan performance.

We invite proposals for 20-minute presentations on these or other aspects of cosmopolitanism. The languages of the conference will be English and French. The event is part of the celebrations of the 125th anniversary of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Ottawa, Canada's largest bilingual university.

Please send your proposals (maximum 500 words) and contact information (name, institutional affiliation, email address) to Joerg Esleben at the email or mailing address below by 15 July 2013.

Joerg Esleben
Modern Languages and Literatures

70 Laurier Ave East
University of Ottawa

Ottawa, Ontario K1N 6N5
Tel: (613) 562-5800 ext. 2549

Annik Bilodeau, University of Ottawa
Christina Kraenzle, York University

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