Cosmopolitanism - Jewish and Postcolonial Perspectives

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Venue: Birkbeck, University of London, Clore Lecture Theatre, Clore Management Centre, Torrington Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7JL
Booking details: Free entry; booking required

In collaboration with the Leo Baeck Institute London

Speakers: Gurminder Bhambra, University of Sussex; Bryan Cheyette, University of Reading; Cathy Gelbin, University of Manchester; Sander Gilman, Emory University

If you believe you are a citizen of the world, you are a citizen of nowhere.’ Prime Minister Theresa May, November 2016

In the aftermath of the vote for Brexit in 2016, Prime Minister Theresa May controversially broached a key issue of our times: how do we identify ourselves, and must our sense of belonging be defined by national borders?

These questions are closely connected to the term cosmopolitanism, which has long been the subject of scholarly debate. Cosmopolitanism is often seen as providing a perspective on the world that looks beyond immediate borders and nation states. It is also a term that has been closely wedded to Jewish experiences of modernity, and to the politics of antisemitism. In addition, postcolonial theorists have explored how cosmopolitanism speaks to other minority experiences, both within Europe and beyond.

This event brings together four leading scholars to explore what cosmopolitanism means today.

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