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Cosmopolitanism, Media And Global Crisis

Date:04 June 2011, 9:00am to
04 June 2011, 5:30pm
Location:Kingston University, Penrhyn Road campus, Kingston upon Thames, KT1 2EE

Cosmopolitanism, Media And Global Crisis

This conference explored the relationship between cosmopolitanism and media in an increasingly fragmented, globalising world.

A central focus of the conference is the potential role of the media in providing a cosmopolitanist outlook to their audiences, encouraging or discouraging cosmopolitan identifications, especially when engaging with global crises and disasters

Keynote speaker: Professor Lilie Chouliaraki

'Post-humanitarianism: the contemporary politics of cosmopolitan solidarity'

Abstract: Taking her point on departure on a critical account of the key textualities of mediated humanintarianism today, namely campaigns, celebrity advocacy, disaster news and films, Prof Chouliaraki argues that, whilst the moral discourse of cosmopolitan solidarity is still strong, it is undergoing a profound transformation that alters both the self-descriptions of the West as an altruistic community and the bonds of solidarity that tie the West to distant 'others'. This transformation towards, what she calls, 'post-humanitarianism', signals the replacement of the paradigm of 'pity', based on a morality of human vulnerability, with a paradigm of 'irony' - a pragmatic solidarity of utilitarian altruism aware of its own contingent foundations (Rorty 1989). Far from a purely philosophical affair, she concludes, this transformation is co-nascent with the neo-liberal commodification of solidarity in the global humanitarian market, which, by turning solidarity into self-centred consumerism, ultimately reproduces rather than challenges the existing relations of power between the West and the global South.


9.00 – 9.30 Registration & coffee
9.30 – 9.45 Introduction & Welcome
9.45 – 11.30 Panels A and B
11.30 – 11.45 Coffee Break
11.45 – 13.15 Panels C and D
13.15 – 14.15 Lunch
14.15 – 16.00 Panels E and F
16.00 – 16.15 Coffee Break
16.15 – 17.15 Keynote Speech - Prof. Lilie Chouliaraki
17.15 – Concluding Remarks & Drinks



  • Dr Aybige Yilmaz
  • Dr Aris Mousoutzanis

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