Cosmopolitanism Revisited: Comparative Perspectives on Urban Diversity from the Gulf and Beyond

11 et 12 OCTOBRE, à Paris (lieu à préciser)

This international conference is convened by the Université Sorbonne Paris Cité (USPC)’s interdisciplinary program Sociétés Plurielles (Diverse Societies) and the Laboratory of Anthropology, Urbanity and Globalization (IIAC/LAUM), in collaboration with the French Center for Archeology and Social Sciences in Sanaa . It aims to revisit the notion of cosmopolitanism in Gulf cities and other regional areas from a comparative perspective. To enrich our understanding of a debatable issue, sociologist Elijah Anderson (Yale University), one of our keynote speakers, will bring into focus the notion of the “Cosmopolitan Canopy”.

The conference is a unique opportunity for scholars of the Gulf and other world regions to engage with cosmopolitanism or otherwise probe the intersection of global studies, urban studies and migration studies from a range of disciplines. More specifically, panels will be organized around the following research themes:

  • The “cosmopolitan canopy”: cosmopolitan interactions in public spaces (A useful analytical tool for research on global super-diverse cities)
  • Cosmopolitanism in theoretical and comparative perspectives (A reflexive approach to theoretical definitions of cosmopolitanism)
  • New geographies of cosmopolitanism in Gulf cities (A theme that examines how Gulf cities can contribute to the discussion of cosmopolitanism)

Organizing Committee: Laure Assaf (EHESS), Gabrielle Chomentowski (INALCO), Catherine Lejeune (Paris Diderot), Delphine Pagès-El Karoui (INALCO), Camille Schmoll (Paris Diderot), Hélène Thiollet (Sciences Po)

Scientific Committee: Clio Chaveneau (PSUAD), Vincenzo Cicchelli (Paris V), Hadrien Dubucs (PSUAD), Philip Kasinitz (CUNY), Franck Mermier (IIAC-LAU), Amin Moghadam (Princeton), Clémence Montagne (PSUAD), Aurélie Varrel (French Institute of Pondichéry).

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