Urban cosmopolitanisms : methodological and theoretical issues
International workshop / Journée d’études dans le cadre du projet MAGMET
Le 17 octobre 2016 à l’INALCO, 65 rue des Grands Moulins, 75013 Paris
This one-day international workshop, part of the MAGMET seminar funded by Sociétés Plurielles (Université Sorbonne Paris Cité), is convened by Catherine Lejeune (Paris Diderot), Delphine Pagès-El Karoui (INALCO), Camille Schmoll (Paris Diderot/IUF), Hélène Thiollet (CNRS/Sciences Po).
This worshop seeks to investigate cosmopolitanism through an urban lens. Cosmopolitanism as a notion arose from philosophical and sociological traditions, where it involves both normative concerns and pragmatic accounts of social interactions. Its political dimension enshrining rights and duties for cosmopolitan subjects is also crucial. This workshop aims to provide a situated approach to cosmopolitanism, using the analytical framework of urban and social theory alongside social geography and building upon empirical research. Our purpose is to frame a grounded theory of urban cosmopolitanism that would take the paradigms and empirical findings of various social sciences into account. Our interest lies in a cosmopolitanism of encounters incarnated in contacts, mobilities and cultural consumption and the spatial dimension of the social and power relations that are at stake in cosmopolitan encounters. We shall focus on cities as sites, but also actors in processes of cosmopolitanisation.