Vā Moana Reading Group 01 2020

For 2020 the Vā Moana Reading Group will host four talanoa looking at different ideas and theories people in and around the Vā Moana research cluster are working with at the moment. The first reading group for 2020 will focus on the theme of Cosmopolitanisms.

Cosmopolitanism and its many variations have been developed, critiqued and altered within academia for many years now, in this reading group Vā Moana researchers Tina Engels-Schwarzpaul, Leali’ifano Albert Refiti and Lana Lopesi share the ways that they’re thinking and working with this concept. This session asks what use does cosmopolitanism have when working with and from the Moana.

While we will not be discussing texts directly as we usually do, four texts which we would like participants to read beforehand so that we can have some common ground to start our talanoa from are:

  • Mignolo. (2011). Cosmopolitan Localism: Decolonial Shifting of the Kantian’s Legacies, Localities, 1. 11-45.
  • Zeng. (2014). Subaltern cosmopolitanism: concept and approaches. The Sociological Review, 62. 137-148.
  • Gilroy. (2004). A New Cosmopolitanism. Interventions, 7(3). 287-292.
  • Graness. (2018). Ubuntu and the concept of cosmopolitanism. Human Affairs, 28. 395-405.

The reading group will be held on Wednesday 25 March 10am—1pm in the Vā Moana room WE606, level 6 WE Building, St Paul Street.

This is open to Māori and Pacific postgraduate students as well as extended aiga and those in their final year of their undergraduate degrees. Spaces are limited so please RSVP to lana.lopesi@aut.ac.nz.

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