In his introduction to Cosmopolitics, Bruce Robbins includes "Pan-Islamic Cosmopolitanism" as one form of already existing cosmopolitianisms. Similarly, Antonio Negri and Michael Hardt also briefly discuss the postmodern nature of Islamic fundamentalism. However, Islamic cosmopolitanism still remains a highly undertheorized concepty within the metropolitan academy.
There are, it seems, two major permutations of Islamic cosmopolitanism: The national Islamist Parties that aim to Islamize their particular national politics and the popular undeground movements spawned after the Soviet-Afghan war of the eighties. In both its permutations, however, the Islamic cosmopolitanism/internationalism is religiously conservative but economically socialistic, which complicates the left/right, progressive/conservative vocabularies employed within the metropolitan academy.
We invite proposals for conference length papers about past, present, and future of Islamic cosmopolitanism and its interface with neoliberal globalization for a panel for the following conferecne:
The 32nd Annual FSU Conference on Literature and Film
Cosmopolitanism: Thinking Beyond the Nation
February 1-4, 2007
Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida
Please include an abstract (200 words) and a brief resume as a Word attachment to your email. Thanks.
Dr. Masood Raja
Florida State University
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