ACLA 2021 panel -Digital Cosmopolitanism: The Home as the World

deadline for submissions: 
October 25, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
Anhiti Patnaik, Juan Evaristo Valls-Boix

This seminar invites papers that interrogate the terms under which contemporary interactions between the 'Self' and the 'Other' take place on digital platforms. It deconstructs the binary of the ‘home’ and the ‘world’ and the 'First World' and 'Third World' by analyzing new cultural mobilities and power structures of globalized, outsourced, and work-from-home economies. Can technology produce reciprocal tolerance between different nations and cultures without the need for physical travel? Can it create de-territorialized spaces of desire, friendship, and xenophilia within the very borders of the ‘home’? Does it merely afford an illusion of cohesion and digital cosmopolitanism? Kwame Anthony Appiah’s concept of “cosmopolitan patriotism,” Zygmunt Bauman’s “liquid modernity,” Bernard Steigler’s “digital toxicity,” and Ethan Zuckerman’s “bridge-building” and “cognitive diversity” are some key foundations in this regard.

We welcome papers that deploy interdisciplinary methodologies to address themes related to:

  • digitalization of desire and erotic relationships
  • digital proletarianization
  • cultural diplomatics
  • globalization and neo-colonialism
  • social media revolutions
  • politics of open access research
  • issues of race, gender, and disability in online teaching and global academia
  • hate speech and trolling
  • ethical tourism and virtual travel
  • affective communities of the Global North and South

Please upload a 250 w abstract and 100 w professional bio or email it to by 25th October.