The National Taiwan University Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NTUIHS) and National Taiwan University Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures (NTU DFLL) will cohost the 19th Leading-Edge Lecture at 15:00–17:00 on Thursday, April 29, 2021. This international lecture will be offered both live online (a live stream on IHS Youtube channel) and on Lecture Hall of College of Liberal Arts at NTU. Galin Tihanov, George Steiner Professor of Comparative Literature Queen Mary University of London, has been invited to give a lecture via the Internet on the topic of “Two Types of Cosmopolitanism.” The moderator of the lecture will be Dr. Sebastian Hsien-Hao Liao, the Dean of NTUIHS and a distinguished professor of NTU DFLL. The content will be brilliant. All are welcome to sign up for the online or physical lecture.
【Leading-Edge Lecture 19】 (an in-person lecture with live streaming)
Title: Two Types of Cosmopolitanism
Speaker: Galin Tihanov（George Steiner Professor of Comparative Literature at Queen Mary University of London）
Moderator: Dean Sebastian Hsien-hao Liao (Distinguished Professor at Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, Dean at IHS, NTU)
Time: April 29 (Thu.) 15:00-17:00 (GMT+8)
Venue: Lecture Hall of College of Liberal Arts, NTU + live stream on IHS YouTube channel
*If you intend to participate in the online lecture or attend the physical lecture, please complete the registration form to help us determine the number of participants. A link to the live video stream will be sent to your registered email address one day before the event. Thank you for your cooperation. The link to the registration form is as follows: https://forms.gle/TGpoYVKiM4baREko9
Organizer: Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences, National Taiwan University
Co-Organizer: Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, National Taiwan University
Galin Tihanov is the George Steiner Professor of Comparative Literature at Queen Mary University of London and recurrent invited professor of intellectual history at the Higher School of Economics (HSE) in Moscow. He is the author of five books and (co)editor of eleven volumes of scholarly essays. His most recent book is The Birth and Death of Literary Theory: Regimes of Relevance in Russia and Beyond (2019) which won the 2020 AATSEEL Prize for “Best Book in Literary Scholarship”. Tihanov has held visiting appointments at universities in Europe, North and South America, and Asia; his work has been widely translated. He is elected member of Academia Europaea and co-winner of the 2012 Efim Etkind Prize. He is currently completing Cosmopolitanism: A Very Short Introduction, commissioned by Oxford UP.
In our increasingly interconnected world of global risks and opportunities cosmopolitanism has become a catchword, a slogan seen and heard from the covers of popular magazines (The Cosmopolitan) to the offices of politicians. It is to this intensely contested and riveting idea that I turn to my lecture. The lecture spans intellectual history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities and social sciences. In the first part, I identify two different types of cosmopolitanism and seek to define them; in the second part, I trace their intersections and contextualisation in the work of two exilic thinkers of the first half of the twentieth century, one of them a trenchant critic of cosmopolitanism.