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International Sociological Association

Cosmopolitism, Public Space and Recognition
University Paris Ouest
Nanterre, France
November 22-23, 2012
Abstracts: September 30, 2012

The objectives of the conference concern the following thematics
- To frame the orientations of the contemporary cosmopolitans and their contribution on urban politics and on the respect of diversity
- To observe and to specify the modalities of cultural exchange between communities, between socio cultural groups inside the politics of diversity
- To identify the arguments, the politics and the institutions who support the urban models for cultural diversity

The conference refers to the contemporary debates on cosmopolitism and their consequences in city life and society. The notion of cosmopolitism have been explored between the political cosmopolitism (Tassin, 2000, Beck 2006), and the urban cosmopolitism (Sandercock, 1998); the cultural cosmopolitanism (Delanty, 2006). This open repertoire frames some new links with the global multicultural city (Sassen, 2000).

In each city and in each state, can be framed the urban arguments of cosmopolitism as residential mixed settlements, as thick public space. These urban configurations can be explored by the population composition, by the modes of social exchanges, by their politics of diversity.

1/ Cosmopolitism and modes of recognitions
Cosmopolitan relations imply different modes of recognition, such as the individual recognitions, the recognition within the cultural difference, the recognition of other cultures with learning process. A sociological approach of cosmopolitism require an observation on these different modes of recognition
2/ Urban cosmopolitisms
What are the consequences of urban cosmopolitism for social groups ? We may identify the leading groups supporting the cosmopolitan relations (transnational professional, migrant groups). We have also to consider the socio- cultural groups who do not support the open cosmopolitan relations. So we have to frame how cosmopolitan relations and cosmopolitan practices modify the urban and the cultural frontiers between social groups. The transitions of the public spaces can be analyzed inside this framework
3/ Cosmopolitism, Institutions and Diversity
The urban cosmopolitism take place inside Nation State who rules the populations and regulate the migrations. The urban cosmopolitism can be shaped challenging the State management of populations. The relations of the ethnic and the cultural groups with the institutions constitute also a key element for cosmopolitan support. The relations of institution with ethnic groups can be envisioned within cosmopolitan configuration: Politics of integration, politics of social cohesion, Discourse of diversity (between Canada and Europe)
Beyond the classic sociological observations of culture in situation (such as multiculturalism), the conference purpose is to specify the conditions of urban and cultural pluralism within cosmopolitan configurations. Speakers will be Pier Luigi Crosta (University of Venice ), Czabo (Brno University), Marco Cremaschi (Rome University)

Alexander and Smelser,(1999) Diversity and its discontent, Princeton University Press 1999
Beck, (2006) Les cosmopolitismes, Aubier
Binnie, J Holloway, S Millington, C Young, (2006), Cosmopolitan Urbanism, Routledge
Kivisto P, Incorporating Diversity, rethinking assimilation in a multicultural age, paradigm Publishers, 2005
Sondercock L (1998), Towards Cosmopolitis, Planning for Multicultural Cities, Chichester
Tassin E, (2003), Un monde commun, Pour une cosmo-politique des conflits, Seuil
Verpraet, Les différents cosmopolitismes et le droit à la ville, in Boudreault, Dressel, Aux confins, Sociologie de la frontière, L’Harmattan, 2010

Conference organizer: Gilles VERPRAET, LACSO Sophiapol, CNRS
Scientific commitee (P L Crosta University of Venezia), G Burgel, CNAM IEP, Philippe Combessie (University of Paris Ouest)
Submission: Send your communication proposal (one page) to the conference organizer at the following adresses before 30 September, 2012
International Sociological Association