Craig Calhoun: Cosmopolitanism and Belonging

4 September 2008 - 19:00h
LOCATION: Fundació Caixa Catalunya – La Pedrera. Passeig de Gràcia, 92. 08007 Barcelona
ORGANIZED BY: the Intercultural Dynamics Programme of the CIDOB Foundation and Fundació Caixa Catalunya. Collaborating organisation: I ISA Forum of Sociology


Cosmopolitanism has become one of the burning issues in the social sciences today and needs an analysis through a distinct focus on identity and belonging. Considering recent cosmopolitan thinking and theorizing from the somewhat chastened perspective of the twenty-first century, Craig Calhoun questions the social bases for cosmopolitanism and the continuing importance of nationalism and other mediating solidarities.

Craig Calhoun is Professor of Social Science at New York University, Director of the “Institute for Public Knowledge” and President, since 1999, of the Social Science Research Council, a prestigious sociology research institute based in New York. His main areas of research are: nationalism, the public space and the transformations that the globalisation process has brought about in the links between the individual and his/her surroundings. He is the author of books such as Critical Social Theory: Culture, History and The Challenge of Difference (Basil Blackwell, 1995), Nationalism (University of Minnesota Press, 1997) and Nations Matter: Citizenship, Solidarity, and the Cosmopolitan Dream (Routledge, 2007). Other volumes currently in the process of publication include Roots of Radicalism: Tradition, the Public Sphere, and Early 19th Century Social Movements (University of Chicago Press) and Cosmopolitanism and Belonging (Routledge).

With simultaneous translation

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