'Visceral Cosmopolitanism: From Alterity to Mere Difference'
Tuesday 7th June 2011, 1.00 - 2.00pm
Mica Nava (University of East London)
venue: room 103 at 28 Russell Square, London WC1.
Mica Nava will discuss some of the conceptual and historical issues raised in her book Visceral Cosmopolitanism: Gender, Culture and the Normalisation of Difference. This focuses mainly on the UK twentieth century metropolitan experience and is concerned with cosmopolitanism as a ‘structure of feeling’ - as an empathetic, inclusive and sometimes eroticised range of feelings and attitudes towards others, otherness and the foreign - which finds expression in vernacular and domestic forms as well as in commerce, social science and the arts. Mica Nava is Professor of Cultural Studies and Co-director of the Centre for Cultural Studies Research in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of East London, UK. Her publications include Changing Cultures: Feminism, Youth and Consumerism (1992), Modern Times: Reflections on a Century of English Modernity (1996) and Visceral Cosmopolitanism (2007)