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EVENTS | PUBLISHED WORKS | BOOK LAUNCH

“The Cosmos in Cosmopolitanism

with Nikos Papastergiadis

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  • Where: Greek Centre, Mezzanine Mezzanine Level, 168 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000
  • Entry: Free

Event Details

Professor Nikos Papastergiadis's latest book, "The Cosmos in Cosmopolitanism," is set to be launched on Wednesday 24 April at the Greek Centre, with Professor Paul Carter leading the event. Papastergiadis will engage in a conversation with Carter during the launch, which will be hosted by Olyvia Nikou and Maya Papastergiadis. The book launch will commence at 6:30 pm on the Mezzanine Level of 168 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne.
Cosmopolitanism is commonly associated today with the idea that the forces of globalization could be tempered by new forms of cosmopolitan governance, an idea that was popular among some political theorists in the late twentieth century but seems increasingly unrealistic today.

Rather than discarding the idea of cosmopolitanism, Nikos Papastergiadis seeks to reinvigorate it by examining the ways in which visual artists have explored themes associated with the cosmos. Kant regarded cosmopolitanism as the goal for humanity, but he turned his attention away from the connection to the cosmos and directed it toward the practical rules for peaceful co-existence. However, these two concerns are not in conflict. Today a new vision of the cosmos is being developed by artists, among others – one that brings together the cosmos and the polis. Scholars from the South are decolonizing the mindset which divided the world and split us from our common connections, while others are using art to highlight the existential threats we now face as a species.

By developing a distinctive form of aesthetic cosmopolitanism, this book shows that the idea of the cosmos is more important than ever today, and vital for our attempts to rethink our place as one species among others in a universe that extends far beyond our world.

About Nikos Papastergiadis

Nikos papastergiadis

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Nikos Papastergiadis is the Director of the Research Unit in Public Cultures and a professor in the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne.

  • LANGUAGE English
  • CATEGORY Published Works > Book Launch
  • PRESENTED BY The Greek Community of Melbourne
  • FEATURING Nikos Papastergiadis
  • PLACE Greek Centre, Mezzanine
  • ADDDRESS Mezzanine Level, 168 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000