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Cosmopolitanism and Culture


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Acknowledgement Introduction: Waiting for the Barbarians Section I: The Aestheticization of Politics 1. Ambient Fears 2. Kintetophobia, Motion Fearness 3. Hospitality and the Zombification of the Other Section II: The Politics of Art 4. Aesthetic Cosmopolitanism 5. Aesthetics Through a Cosmopolitan Frame 6. The Global Orientation of Contemporary Art 7. Hybridity and Ambivalence 8. Cosmopolitanism, Cultural Translation and the Void 9. Collaboration in Art and Society 10. Mobile Methods Epilogue: Coming Cosmopolitans Endnotes References Index

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Nikos Papastergiadis is professor of cultural studies and media at University of Melbourne


'Like a good teacher, Papstergiadis has the knack of distilling difficult ideas into clear sharp images.' Broadsheet 'Defining cosmopolitanism as referring to the social transformation that arises from the mixture of different cultures, Papastergiadis adopts the role of translator and mediator, establishing new dailogues and transcending disputes. Adding to formalist, biographical and social modes of art history, Papastergiadis's cosmopolitan approach introduces new readings where art becomes a medium for constituting the social.' Art & Australia ' Cosmopolitanism and Culture is a book of hope. It shows how art and artists can contribute to an aesthetic cosmopolitanism that does not merely reflect difference in the world, but rather provides a way of creating something new from the acknowledgement of, and dealings with, situated differences.' The Australian Educational Researcher 'Why read another discussion about cosmopolitanism, even as brilliant, informed and impassioned as this one is? Because, as the foremost scholar and participant observer of the vibrant and much debated movement of art collectives and collaborations, Papastergiadis takes the reader into an arena of aesthetic imaginaries practised, where the crucial experiments in cosmopolitanism as a redeemed form of cultural translation are happening.' George Marcus, University of California, Irvine 'This compelling book opens up once again the whole question of the social imagination. This is the context in which Papastergiadis begins to effect a paradigm shift in the understanding of art and creative industries in our increasingly cosmopolitan global culture.' Scott Lash, Goldsmith College, University of London

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