12-2-2011 Cosmopolitics: Unity, Diversity and Global Subjects Conference


Cosmopolitics: Unity, Diversity, and Global Subjects

December 2, 2011, 2500 Posvar Hall, University of Pittsburgh

 Co-organized by the Center for Interpretive and Qualitative Research

 and the Critical Race Theory Series at Duquesne University

and the Graduate Program for Cultural Studies at the University of Pittsburgh.


Conference Schedule: http://www.pitt.edu/~cultural/COSMOpolitics.htm


9:00 AM - Coffee & bagels

9:30 AM - Welcome and Introductory Remarks: Giuseppina Mecchia, Director, Graduate Program for Cultural Studies, University of Pittsburgh


10:00 AM - NOON - Capital and the Cosmos

KEYNOTE: Tony Smith - Iowa State University:"The Cosmopolitics of Capital: Prospects for Renewal and Decline"

Neil Doshi - University of Pittsburgh - French & Italian
Jennifer Bates - Duquesne University - Philosophy

MODERATOR: Giuseppina Mecchia, University of Pittsburgh


NOON - 1:30 PM - Lunch


1:30 PM - 3:30 PM - The Subject and the Cosmos

KEYNOTE: Jason Hill - DePaul University: "Towards a Cosmopolitan and Political Conception of Civic Friendship"

Jerome Branche - University of Pittsburgh - Hispanic Languages
Kathy Glass - Duquesne University - English.

MODERATOR: George Yancy, Duquesne University


3:30 PM - 4:00 PM - Coffee & cookies


4:00 PM - 6:00 PM - Diversity and the Cosmos

KEYNOTE: Walter Mignolo - Duke University:"Pachapolitics and Decoloniality"

Diego Holstein- University of Pittsburgh - History
Judith Suh - Duquesne University - English

MODERATOR: Fred Evans, Duquesne University


Conference theme: How can we be the actors of a cosmopolitics that meets the challenge of economic, cultural, and ethnic globalization? How can we understand the relation between unity and diversity on the global level? These questions have come to the forefront of public consciousness since the advent of greater immigration and the intensification of commerce, communication, and other cross-border phenomenon. The conference will address these issues from the perspective of different regions and disciplines. Its aimis to contribute to a view of global politics that is shaped by currently non-hegemonic voices.

Professor Walter Mignolo, Depts. of Literature, Cultural Anthropology, and Spanish and Latin American Studies, Duke University, North Carolina

Bio: Walter Mignolo is the William H. Wannamaker Professor of Literature and Romance Studies, Cultural Anthropology, and Spanish & Latin American Studies, Duke University, North Carolina. Among his books on textual and literary theories are Elementos para una teoría del texto literario (Barcelona, 1978) and Teoría del texto e interpretación de textos (Mexico, 1986). His current research focuses on global coloniality and the history of capitalism. His most recent book, Local Histories/Global Designs: Coloniality, Subaltern Knowledges and Border Thinking (Princeton U.P., 2000). He edited with an introduction Capitalismo y Geopolitica del Conocimiento: la Filosofia de la Liberacion en el Debate Intelectual Contemporaneo (Buenos Aires, 2001). His previous book, The Darker Side of the Renaissance: Literacy, Territoriality and Colonization (1995), was awarded the Katherine Singers Kovac Prize by the Modern Language Association. He co-edited with Elizabeth Hill Boone, Writing without Words: Alternative Literacies in Mesoamérica and the Andes (1994) with contributions from art historians, anthropologists, historians and cultural critics. He is founder and co-editor of Disposition (The University of Michigan) and co-founder and co-editor of Nepantla: Views from South, a journal published by Duke University Press.

Professor Tony Smith, Dept. of Philosophy, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.

Bio: Tony Smith is Professor of Philosophy at Iowa State University and a former chair of his
department. His major publications are Globalisation: A Systematic Marxian Account(Brill, 2006; paper, Haymarket Books, 2009); Technology and Capital in the Age of Lean Production: A Marxian Critique of the "New Economy," State University of New York Press, 2000); Dialectical Social Theory and Its Critics: From Hegel to Analytical Marxism and Postmodernism (State University of New York Press, 1993); The Role of Ethics in Social Theory: Essays from a Habermasian Perspective (State University of New York Press, 1991); The Logic of Marx's Capital: Replies to Hegelian Criticisms (State University of New York Press, 1990); Lean Production: A Capitalist Utopia?, The International Institute for Research and Education, Amsterdam, 1994; Dialectics: The New Frontier, co-edited with Bertell Ollman (Special issue of Science and Society, Vol. 62, No. 3, 1998.

Professor Jason Hill: Dept. of Philosophy, De Paul University, Chicago, IL.

Bio: Jason Hill is Associate Professor of Philosophy at De Paul University and author of four books, two of which are entitled, Becoming A Cosmopolitan: What it Means to be a Human Beingin the New Millennium (Rowman & Littlefield, 2000), and Beyond Blood Identities: Posthumanity in the Twenty-First Century (Lexington Books, 2009).


Cosmopolitics Conference Sponsors:
University of Pittsburgh Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences
Duquesne University Center for Interpretive and Qualitative Research, or CIQR
Duquesne University, Critical Race Theory Speaker Series
University of Pittsburgh, Graduate Program for Cultural Studies