Craig Calhoun: Cosmopolitanism and
About Professor Craig Calhoun: Craig Calhoun, one of the world’s leading sociologists, is president of the Social Science Research Council and University Professor of the Social Sciences at New York University. He has authored a number of books, including Neither Gods Nor Emperors: Students and the Struggle for Democracy in China (1994), Nationalism (1995), and Critical Social Theory (1995). Among his edited collections are Habermas and the Public Sphere (1992), Hannah Arendt and the Meaning of Politics (1997), Understanding September 11th (2002), Social Theory and the Politics of Identity (1994) and Lessons of Empire (2005). Calhoun has long reflected on questions of identity and difference, most recently in relation to globalization.
About the lecture: Calhoun will address the neglect of ethnic and cultural identity in the way we frequently speak about globalization. According to Calhoun, we too often assume that our social solidarities—in the sense of belonging to an ethnic group, nation or religion—will get swept away in the new global currents. Calhoun’s lecture will challenge this assumption with the argument that “thick” attachments to particular communities still matter.