Migrant Cosmopolitanism – Migration and the Emergence of a Global Political Subject with a Cosmopolitan Stance

VF_CarausThe Social Sciences Division of the Institute of the University of Bucharest (ICUB) invites you this Friday to a public conversation aiming to discuss cosmopolitanism with our visiting professor, Dr. Tamara Cărăuș.

Migration means to move from one place to another. Thus, migration, without impediments, appears to be the natural starting point for a cosmopolitan view. However, migration as practice generates anti-cosmopolitan stances, being seen as a threat of denaturation of the values and identity of the receiving countries, a threat of overpopulation or as security threat. As well, the phenomenon of migration poses some crucial problems for liberal political theory. Despite its universalist commitment to the moral equality of humanity, political theory is tailored for the framework of nation state, presumes that states have the right to control their borders and sees the migrant as a problem. The challenge is then to recuperate the co-substantiality of cosmopolitanism and migration and, for this purpose, the presentation turns to the perspective of the migrant by analysing migrant protests such as Sans Papiers, No One Is Illegal, No Borders, and others migrant protests from the last decade. The close-readings of discourses produced by migrant protests (manifestos, declarations, etc.) and the analysis of this form of action show the emergence of a global political subject with a cosmopolitan stance. This stance of migrant cosmopolitanism is radical and contestatory in its critique of the current world order that takes the nation-state and the borders as ‘given’. Migrant struggles are a cosmopolitan practice from ‘the bottom up’ and a democratic action against and beyond state, and the presentation considers the implications of these struggles for a cosmopolitan restructuring of the ways of doing and thinking politics in the contemporary world.

The event will take place on Friday the 14th, October 2016 at the Faculty of Sociology and Social Assistance (Panduri Campus, Șos. Panduri nr.90), Room 102, starting at 15.00.

Tamara Caraus is a Visiting Professor at the University of Bucharest Research Institute – Social Sciences Division. Her current area of research includes political theory of cosmopolitanism, migration, global resistance, and agonistic/radical democracy. Tamara Caraus has undertaken research projects in political philosophy at University of Rijeka, Croatia; Institut fur die Wissenschaften vom Menschen, Vienna, Austria; University of Uppsala, Sweden; University of Groningen, The Netherland; Oxford University, UK; Palacky University of Olomouc, Czech Republic and others, and was the Principal Investigator within the research project Critical Foundations of Contemporary Cosmopolitanism (2011-2014) at New Europe College, Bucharest. She contributed with articles to various academic journals and edited volumes, published tzara mea (2001), Ethical Perspectives on the Postmodern Rewriting (2003), Traps of Identity (2011), and edited Cosmopolitanism and the Legacy of Dissent (Routledge, 2014, with Camil Parvu), Re-Grounding Cosmopolitanism: Towards a Post-Foundational Cosmopolitanism (Routledge, 2015, with Elena Paris); Cosmopolitanism Without Foundations (Zeta Books, 2015, with Dan Lazea); Cosmopolitanism and Global Protests: Special Issue of Globalisations (with Camil Parvu, Taylor &Francis Journal, 2016).

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