For further details about events contact departmental administrator Ms Lisa Neilson or else Dr Huon Wardle.



Orientations: The Anthropology of the Future


Organiser: Dr Daniel Knight



CCS WORKSHOP, October 2017


Hark Listening Research: A Day with Errollyn Wallen


Organiser: Huw Lloyd Richards




CCS LECTURE, November 2016


Prof. Thomas Hylland Eriksen (University of Oslo)

'Beyond a Boundary: Cosmopolitanism and Creoledom'




CCS CONFERENCE, September 2016


CCS conference: Character

Organiser: Dr Adam Reed




CCS conference: The Ethics of Energy

Organiser: Dr Mette High



CCS Workshop, December 2015

Cosmopolitanism, Making and Sharing Knowledge

3pm, School V



CCS CONFERENCE, September 2015

CCS conference: Collaborative Anthropology

Organiser: Dr Paloma Gay y Blasco (et al.)


LECTURE, 5th February

Dr Elisabeth Kirtsoglou (University of Durham):

'We are all immigrants: an ethnographic analysis of the politics of mis-recognition in Thessaloniki, Greece'.

Forrest Room, Old Union Building, 2pm



Pauline Melville: 'The Ventriloquist's Tale'




An intensive workshop at the University of Tartu, Estonia




Moral Sentiments: Finding again Anthropology's moral voice and vision




SYMPOSIUM, 12th November 2013

Professor Kristin Kuutma (University of Tartu, Estonia) will speak on:

'International organisations and anthropological research: UNESCO'

The politics of 'heritage', both tangible and intangible, makes this a topic of great contemporary relevance to anthropology. Organizations such as UNESCO are in the business of putting policy into effect that determines important aspects of local life and the classificatory way in which people, practices and places are officially known. Kritsin Kuutma provides a first-hand account of the bureaucratic processes by which decision are made concerning what a local 'culture', and its 'members', and its 'traditions' may be comprised of.



Freedoms and Liberties in Anthropological Perspective




SYMPOSIUM, 14th-16th April 2013

Professor Morten Axel Pedersen (University of Copenhagen) and Dr Morten Nielsen (University of Aarhus) will speak on:

'Anthropology and Distortion'

It has been an anthropological premise that analysis can proceed from the presumption that a social system will exist in a particular setting under study, that a social structure will maintain itself, that social relationality will be a default condition of human social life: that 'society' and 'culture' can be presumed because of a likely reproduction of sociocultural conditions. In conversation with other members of the anthropology departments of St. Andrews, Aarhus and Copenhagen present at the Centre for Cosmopolitan Studies, Morten Axel Pedersen and Morten Nielsen lead a discussion that challenges these analytical premises.




Rethinking Humanism


SYMPOSIUM, 25th November 2011

Dr Richard Hamilton (University of Notre Dame, Fremantle) will speak on:

'Evolutionary Psychology as Moral Science'

This is a defence of the thesis that ‘ethical formation’—the process whereby a human being becomes an independent practical reasoner, and also someone responsive to moral norms—can be fruitfully understood as a form of biological development.




The Imagination: A universal process of knowledge?



CONFERENCE, 2nd-3rd September 2011 (Telc, Czech Republic)

Dr Huon Wardle delivers keynote address on cosmopolitanism, social ontology and subjectivity at the 2nd Joint Biennial Conference of the Czech and Slovak Anthropology Associations

Of Cosmopolitanism and Cosmologies



SYMPOSIUM, 4th May 2011

Dr Gustavo San Roman (Modern Languages, University of St. Andrews) and Professor Nigel Rapport will debate:

'The meaning of "Humanism" and its role in contemporary social thought and social policy'



SYMPOSIUM, 23rd March 2011

Professor Aleksandar Boškovic (Institute of Social Sciences, Belgrade) will speak on:

'Liberalism and anthropology: Convergences and divergences'

The complicated relationship between anthropologists' insistence on the study of societies (through research on "social structure", "cultural patterns", or similar phenomena) will be put in the context of its development in three geographically, politically and culturally very different national traditions. Using examples from Norway, Brazil, and former Yugoslavia, Aleksander Boskovic asks whether a more individualistic approach could help understand patterns that shaped the development of anthropology in these countries, and how a more thorough understanding of these traditions could be gained.



SYMPOSIUM, 29th November 2010

Moushumi Bhowmik (Ethnomusicologist) will speak on:

'Songs of Absence and Presence: The History and Politics of the Migrating Music of Bengal'

Migration posits two or more obvious locations—the left land and the land of arrival. Keeping the history and politics of migration in and from Bengal as the backdrop, and illustrating with songs recorded mainly on field trips in India, Bangladesh and London, Moushumi Bhowmik introduces us to the diverse and complex nature of the migrating music of Bengal, especially in the context of migrations to the United Kingdom.




Urban Times



SYMPOSIUM, 9th February 2010

'Meet the Informant': Liria de la Cruz in conversation with Dr Paloma Gay y Blasco

The Centre for Cosmopolitan Studies is pleased to offer an opportunity to explore the relationship between anthropologist and long-term informant. Liria de la Cruz has worked with Dr Gay y Blasco since 1992; collaboration in the field has extended to a current project of co-authoring an autobiographical ethnography. Come and discuss with them what anthropology looks like from the informant’s point of view. How might the boundaries between informant and anthropologist, between authors and their subjects, be broken down?



SYMPOSIUM, 9th October 2009

'Meet the Author': Mohsin Hamid

The Centre for Cosmopolitan Studies is pleased to present the author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist, shortlisted for the Booker-Man Prize. Come and discuss his writing with him and the experiences that lie behind it, and explore the relationship between global culture, politics, religion and violence, and literature.




A Cosmopolitan Anthropology?



SYMPOSIUM, 19th May 2009

'"Atonement" and its Discontents': Dr Hideko Mitsui

The Centre for Cosmopolitan Studies is pleased to offer an opportunity to discuss with Dr Mitsui her recent research on cosmopolitanism in Japan in the context of the culture of the Second World War. Specifically she traces the biographies of two historical figures from wartime Japan who have been remembered as traitors or heroes at different historical time periods in post-war Japan. She interrogates the shifting interpretive frames that informed the specific modes of remembering their biographies, demonstrating the processes through which the figure of a cosmopolitan becomes visible and recognisable in a given society, and how people attribute different meanings to biography as exemplar of a 'good life'.

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