P117
Urban scenes and cosmopolitan identities

Convenors:
Lisa Wiklund (Ethnology)
Hanne Eide (Centre for Fashion Studies, Stockholm University)
Location:
Tower B, Piso 3, Room T14
Session slots:
3

Short abstract:

Capturing the ephemeral character of metropolitan life is a challenge. The focus of interest is pluralistic understandings of the conceptions of cosmopolitanism, in both the past and the present. The spatial context for investigation is the urban scene interpreted as a stage for different notions of creativity.

Long abstract:

'The life of our city is rich in poetic and marvelous subjects. We are enveloped and steeped as though in an atmosphere of the marvelous; but we do not notice it.' - Charles Baudelaire, 'On the heroism on modern life' from Salon of 1846. Capturing the ephemeral character of metropolitan life is a challenge. The constant flux of people and impulses and overall frequently changing conditions constitutes a dynamic framing for the construction of different life experiences. The focus of interest for this panel is pluralistic understandings of the conceptions of cosmopolitanism, in both the past and the present. The spatial context for investigation is the urban scene interpreted as a stage for different notions of creativity. In tracing various cultural expressions of cosmopolitanism over time, potential fields of research are individuals' personal lives and creative practices, as well as the mediation of these. Technological progress has partly changed the terms and conditions. What are the possible implications of this? Different notions of translation and transnationalism can be used to understand identity-shaping processes. How can this be further explored in relation to diverse urban settings? At the core of metropolitan life one perceives both continuities and discontinuities. We find historical and contemporary perspectives on these issues enriching. In encouraging transdisciplinary perspectives, we hope to reach nuanced accounts of urban life, cosmopolitanism and/or creative production as well as consumption. (Papers: 3/3/3)