Cosmopolitanism in Context: Practices of World Citizenship in an Age of Empire (18th-20th Centuries)

Begin: Jul 13 '17, 2:00 pm | End: Jul 15 '17, 1:00 pm | Schloss Herrenhausen
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On July 13-15, 2017, historians will discuss the diverse meanings and practices of world citizenship in a global perspective in Hanover, Germany.

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Dutch personnel and Japanese women watching an incoming towed Dutch sailing ship at Dejima by Kawahara Keiga (Via Wikimedia Commons)

Dutch personnel and Japanese women watching an incoming towed Dutch sailing ship at Dejima by Kawahara Keiga (Via Wikimedia Commons)

Cosmopolitanism has emerged as a major research strand in various disciplines, ranging from history to political science and philosophy. A growing body of social science literature traces different forms of contemporary world citizenship as an expression of political, economic, social, and cultural globalization. Taking the relationship of empire and cosmopolitanism as its point of departure, this symposium aims to interrogate the diverse meanings and practices of world citizenship in a global perspective. Building on the hypothesis that empires engendered spaces where cosmopolitan practices could emerge, but that cosmopolitanism and imperialism also proved contradictory and at times clashed, it investigates what practices of world citizenship meant to various groups of people in distinct imperial places and at different times, how they were produced, disseminated, and possibly also contested. It will focus on the period between the eighteenth and the twentieth centuries, when enlightenment cosmopolitanism gained shape and made its way into the wider world. In this way, the conference seeks to break new ground for a more complex, de-centered, and truly global history, which pays attention to the everyday experience of lived cosmopolitanisms in the age of empire. The fresh historical insights may also contribute to theoretical debates of cosmopolitanism, including its preconditions, driving forces, obstacles, and consequences.

Herrenhausen Symposium
Cosmopolitanism in Context: Practices of World Citizenship in an Age of Empire (18th-20th Centuries)
July 13-15, 2017
Herrenhausen Palace, Hanover, Germany

Program

The program for the Symposium "Cosmopolitanism in Context: Practices of World Citizenship in an Age of Empire (18th-20th Centuries)" can be found in the column on the right.

Panel I: Enlightenment Cosmopolitanism in the World

Panel II: Cosmopolitan Practices

Panel III: Cosmopolitanism, Imperialism and Nationalism

Panel IV: Cosmopolitanism and non-Western Empires

Panel V: Vernacular Cosmopolitanism

Panel VI: Cosmopolitanism and the End of Empire

Concluding Roundtable: Past and Present - Global History and the Cosmopolitan Project

Language

The conference language is English.

Venue and public transport

The conference is held at Herrenhausen Palace in Hanover, Germany. You can reach the venue by tram: Take line 4 or 5 and get off at "Herrenhäuser Gärten".