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18:00 - 19:00 25 March 2010

Nationalism, cosmopolitanism, and geographical imaginations


Pearson Lecture Theatre | Pearson Building (link Map)
UCL Main Campus | Gower Street | London | WC1e 6BT | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Ticketing: Open

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Professor Barney Warf, Distinguished Visiting Professor, UCL Geography, Professor of Geography, University of Kansas
Professor Jenny Robinson, UCL Geography
Dr Claire Dwyer, UCL Geography

In this presentation, Professor Warf offers a brief history of cosmopolitanism, comparing it with nationalism and highlighting the limited geographic horizons that are foundational to the concept. Professor Warf will address the political opportunities and constraints of cosmopolitanism in an age of intense globalization and time-space compression. Just as industrial capitalism induced a 'scalar shift' in identity formation from the local city-state to the nation-state, cosmopolitanism fosters a similar scalar shift from the national to the global. In advocating a 'scalar jump' from the national to the global as the definition of community, cosmopolitanism invokes several bodies of recent literature concerned with identity, belonging, compassion, and the politics of global civil society. Professor Warf will interrogate these literatures and their connections, setting out an agenda for those interested in carrying cosmopolitanism forward.


Jason Dittmer
020 7679 5505 | j.dittmer@ucl.ac.uk


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