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Cosmopolitan interiority, cosmopolitan responsibility I 
Convenors:
Huon Wardle (St. Andrews University)
Nigel Rapport (St. Andrews University)
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Stream:
Who Speaks and for Whom?
Sessions:
Monday 29 March, 11:15-12:45 (UTC+1)

Short Abstract:

If, to paraphrase Bentham, 'each one shall count for one, no-one for more than one' in our ethnography, what are the consequences of honest attention to each individual and their world for our analysis, when we might hope to make universal, cosmopolitan claims? How to cross the methodological gap?

Long Abstract

If, to paraphrase Bentham, 'each one shall count for one, no-one for more than one' in our ethnography, what are the consequences of honest attention to each individual and their world for our analysis, when we might hope to make universal, cosmopolitan claims? How to cross the methodological gap? This panel offers a debate on the opportunities and responsibilities of a cosmopolitan anthropology in its ethnographic exploration of human difference and commonality. It asks how anthropology can enrich the idea that we all live in the same world amidst our differences, recognising the responsibilities we hold in common. We will discuss ideas of human citizenship, imagination, aesthetics and moral sentiment, difference and commonness, the weight they may be given and their refiguration in a cosmopolitan anthropology. In particular, the panel takes stock of the cosmopolitanizing of contemporary human experience, and of the radical Kantianism and other cosmopolitan ideas emerging from these changes. It considers the interiority of the ethnographer and of their interlocutors as cosmopolitan actors who together try to give form to each other's worlds and in the process create something new.

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