Open seminar: Graphic Contaminations: Cosmopolitics of the 'I' in Persepolis and American Born Chinese

In this seminar Claudia Schumann presents her paper “Graphic Contaminations: Cosmopolitics of the 'I' in Persepolis and American Born Chinese”. The seminar will be followed by a casual reception in which we share some wine, meze and friendly conversations.

Claudia Schumann currently holds a doctoral position at the Institute of Education, University of Stockholm. Photo: Private

Abstract

Reflecting on the cosmopolitan experiences articulated in the two graphic novels Persepolis and American Born Chinese, the ethical challenges of a critical cosmopolitanism will be reconsidered. These graphic border crossings not only exemplify how the cartoon image is particularly apt to visualize the cosmopolitan condition in its oscillating between the universal and the particular, but they also go beyond Appiah's celebration of the “cosmopolitan contamination” in openly displaying the antagonisms, the conflicts, struggles, courage and personal sacrifices involved in the process of "founding a self-reliant voice" (Cavell).

Program

  • 16.00 - 16.10 Introduction by Prof. Torill Strand, Department of Education
  • 16.10 - 16.50 Dr. Claudia Schumann, University of Stockholm: Graphic Contaminations: Cosmopolitics of the 'I' in Persepolis and American Born Chinese
  • 16.50 - 17.00 Comments by Dr. Elin Rødahl Lie, Department of Education
  • 17.00 - 18.00 Debate

About Claudia Schumann

Claudia Schumann has studied philosophy, linguistics, and cultural studies in Dresden, at New School University, and at Johns Hopkins University. She currently holds a doctoral position at the Institute of Education, University of Stockholm. Her research focuses on philosophy of education, especially in relation to the thinking of Ludwig Wittgenstein, Axel Honneth, and Stanley Cavell. Recent publications include: “Boundedness beyond reification: cosmopolitan teacher education as critique” (Ethics & Global Politics, 2012); “The Self as Onwardness: Reading Emerson's 'Self-Reliance' and 'Experience'” (Foro de Educación, 2013); and “Towards a Critical Cosmopolitanism in Human Rights Learning: The Vienna Conference in 1993” (In: Papastephanou, Strand & Pirrie (Eds.). Philosophy as a Lived Experience, LIT Verlag, 2014).

Published Apr. 16, 2015 2:11 PM - Last modified Apr. 16, 2015 2:12 PM