American Studies Association of Norway (ASANOR) Conference, October 11-13, 2018 University of Agder, Kristiansand, Norway - Faculty of Humanities and Education
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The first person to proudly identify himself as cosmopolitan, “a citizen of the cosmos,” was the cynic Diogenes of Sinope. The latest person to famously criticize cosmopolitanism is Donald Trump administration senior policy advisor Stephen Miller, who recently accused a CNN reporter of a “cosmopolitan bias.” From ancient times to the present, cosmopolitanism and the cosmopolitan have been both romanticized and reviled. Entwined with recent debates about globalism, international migration, and the hardening of national borders, cosmopolitanism has become a critical and popular “buzzword.” Yet what is the relation between globalism and cosmopolitanism? Or nationalism and cosmopolitanism? Thomas Paine identified himself as a cosmopolitan—“the world is my country; all mankind are my brethren…”—yet he defended national sovereignty. For Kwame Anthony Appiah, cosmopolitanism entails a sense of obligation to others, especially distant others, as well as a firm commitment to human rights. This sounds eminently reasonable, yet it is not uncontroversial. Now is a good time to ask: how can literature and the arts more generally, philosophy, history, political theory and critical social theory contribute to discussions about what cosmopolitanism means for us today? What kinds of strategies and lesson plans might teachers at the secondary level adopt in order to address the topic of cosmopolitanism in the classroom?
Possible topics include cosmopolitanism and:
Nationalism, globalism/globalization, travel, postcolonialism, identity politics, pedagogy, exile, asylum, vagrancy, human rights, philosophy, migrant and other realist literatures, science fiction and fantasy, neoliberal capitalism, national/international policy, multiculturalism, urbanization, activism, religion law, hospitality, immigration policy, environmental policy.
Submit a brief bio and a 300-word abstract for 20 minute papers to Stephen Dougherty (firstname.lastname@example.org) by May 1, 2018. Please remember to include your contact information and affiliation with your titled submission.