Please note that this programme is provisional. The exact programme will be confirmed on 30 March 2014.

6.00-6.30pm UCL Roberts Building

Registration

6.30pm-7.30pm UCL Roberts Building

Opening roundtable:

Dina Gusejnova, UCL-History: cosmopolitanism revisited

Participants

Axel Körner, UCL-History: the cosmopolitan ideal and transnational cultural studies; Continental European perspectives

Susan Morrissey, UCL-SSEES: cosmopolitanism and violence; perspectives from Eastern Europe

Georgios Varouxakis, Queen Mary: Wilson’s ghostwriter; imperial cosmopolitanism; British thought

8.00 – 8.30: room tbd

Opening event: War, Music, and Media

Curated by David Owen Norris

David Owen Norris, piano, and Joseph Spooner, cello

Rebroadcast by UCL Rare FM student radio

Presenting a selection from their concert series “A Dream of Germany”

Even after a hundred years, nations struggle with the legacy of the Great War. Recently, Germany raised the delicate subject of the United Kingdom’s approach to the 2014 centenary, hoping it would shun triumphalism and celebrate the achievements of peace. Historically, musicians make a splendid case-study of the fruitfulness of international amity. For many, many years British composers were inspired to study and work in Leipzig, Dresden, Frankfurt and Berlin, while German musicians pursued careers in London. The sudden loss of centuries of fertile musical exchange between Britain and the great cultural centres of Germany is one of the least appreciated consequences of the Great War. To mark the centenary, Joseph Spooner and David Owen Norris present a series of concerts that celebrate the composers for whom there was no cultural divide.

8.30-9.30 Roberts building, foyer

Reception with catering

DAY 2

1. 9.00-10.30

PERPETUAL PEACE? AFTER THE SEVEN YEARS’ AND THE NAPOLEONIC WARS

Key text: Kant’s Perpetual Peace (1795)

Key image: Ivan Terebenev, Soap bubbles (1813-14)

This panel will discuss the impact of war on cosmopolitan ideas in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

Chair and discussant: Avi Lifschitz (tbc)

Alexander Schmidt, University of Jena, Against the Spirit of Conquest? Cosmopolitanism and Nationalism in Germany during the French Revolutionary & Napoleonic Wars

Stephen Conway, UCL-History

tbc

Maria Maiofis, Russian Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, Moscow

Sergey Uvarov’s Treatise on Perpetual Peace (1813) and the Arzamas circle in the post-Napoleonic era

 

10.30-11.00 coffee

 

2. 11.00-12.30

POSTIMPERIAL DISCONTENTS/AFTER WORLD WAR I

Key text: Sigmund Freund, William C. Bullit, Thomas Woodrow Wilson: Twenty-eighth President of the United States. Psychological Study (1967)

Key image: Map of Europe, 1919

Focusing on World War I, but not exclusively, this panel will illuminate the links between cosmopolitan identities and the decline of empires, as well as the connections between imperialism and cosmopolitanism more generally.

Chair and discussant: Georgios Varouxakis, Queen Mary

Alexander Etkind, European University Institute

William Bullitt from World War I to the Cold War: A Case of Traumatic Cosmopolitanism?

Zaur Gasimov, Deutsches Orient-Institut, Instanbul

Baku in the twentieth century: Russian periphery or cosmopolitan centre?

Dominique Reill, Miami/Berlin

Port-city cosmopolitans: Post-Imperial subjects in a Wilson-Era City-State

12.30-14.00 lunch

3.

14.00-15.30

STATELESS PEOPLE, WELTBÜRGER, COSMOPOLITES/ WORLD WAR II AND THE HOLOCAUST

Key texts: Primo Levi, If This is a Man (1947)

Key image: Destruction of the Castle at Königsberg, two photographs

Chair and discussant: Daniel Lacqua (University of Northumbria)

 

This panel will discuss and challenge ideas of cosmopolitanism as a universal form of thinking through the lenses of cultural memory studies and traumatic memory research.

Olga Sezneva, University of Amsterdam: Germans, Spies and Cosmopolites: the Ecology of Fear in an Imperial  Periphery

Natan Sznaider, Tel Aviv-Yaffo: Jewish Cosmopolitan Thought in the Twentieth Century

Lea Ypi, LSE: Citizenship, statelessness, and the cosmopolite (provisional)

 

15.30-15.45 coffee

4.

15.45-17.30

UNIVERSALISM/ COLD WAR AND AFTER

Key text: Oswald Spengler, The Decline of the West (1918-23)

Key image: The Earth seen from Apollo 17 (1972)

Chair and discussant: Coskun Tuncer (tbc)

This panel will discuss the ties between cosmopolitan and geopolitical imaginaries in connection with the Cold War.

Galin Tihanov, Queen Mary World Peace and World Literature

Cemil Aydin, University of Carolina, Chapel Hill:

Arnold J. Toynbee and Islamism in the Cold War Era Turkey: Civilizationism in the Writings of Sezai Karakoç (1933-)

Andrew Arsan, Cambridge University

Ordering the world and organising the peace: universalism and war in the thought of Charles Malik’

 

17.30- 18.00 coffee

 

5. 18.00-19.30

5. 18.00-19.30

CLOSING ROUNDTABLE  

Cosmopolitan senses

Marie Gillespie, Open University: Listening// The BBC, imperial and diasporic cosmopolitanism

 Kathleen Burk, UCL-HistoryTasting the world. Cosmopolitan wine consumption in the Twentieth Century

B. Venkat Mani, University of Wisconsin-Madison: Reading// World literature in the twentieth century

 19.30 Wine reception 

Optional dinner

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