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Globalization, Cosmopolitanism and Civilization

Friday, December 3, 1999
Conference Room I, The Student Union Building
10:00 am -6:00 pm

Today globalization is everywhere. The term is found in many different fields and in many different debates. Globalization was introduced in studies of world economy in the 1960s and in studies of communication in which "the global village" was made famous by Marshall McLuhan. Later the term wandered on to other fields such as international relations, the environment and culture, and it moved from academic discourses to everyday speech. Globalization is used in many different ways: for instance, to describe large processes of transformation within political and economic organisation, and to grasp the complexity of levels and entites in cultural exchanges. Global culture can mean growing "Mcdonaldization", but it can also signify the interchange between the close and the distant, or between the local and the global.

This conference will discuss different meanings of globalization in relation to other more traditional ëworld conceptsí such as cosmopolitanism, civilization and human rights, and try to find out whether the concept of globalization changes older concepts. Is it possible to imagine a cosmopolitanism today? Are human rights part of a new moral world order? Is civilization just Western ideology? These are some of the questions the conference will take up.


Friday, December 3, 1999

10:00-12:00 Anthony Pagden: Stoicism, Cosmopolitanism and European Imperialism
1:00-2:15 pm Jens Bartelson: Between Necessity and Freedom: Three Concepts of Globalization
2:15-3:30 David Beetham: Democracy and Human Rights as Universal Values?
3:30-4:00 Coffee break
4:00-5:00 Jan Ifversen: Globalization vs. Civilization
5:00-6:00 Tonny Brems Knudsen: Human Intervention - A Universal Language in World Politics


Professor at the Department of History, Johns Hopkins University. He has published widely on the history of political theory and on European encounters with America. Among his books are European Encounters with the New World (Yale University Press, 1993) and Lords of All the World - Ideologies of Empire in Spain, Britain and France c.1500.1800 (Yale University Press, 1995).

Docent at the Department of Political Science, Stockholm University. He works with the philosophical and ethical foundations of international relations theory and has published A Genealogy of Sovereignety (Cambridge University Press, 1996).

Professor at the Institute of Politics and International Studies, University of Leeds. He has been working on issues of democratic theory and practice, and their relation to human rights. Recent publications include Defining and Measuring Democracy (1994) and Democracy and Human Rights (Polity Press, 1999). Professor Beetham is Director of the University's Centre for Democratization Studies.

Assistant professor at the Department of Political Science, University of Aarhus. He has recently written the dissertation Humanitarian Intervention and International Society: Contemporary Manifestations of an Explosive Doctrine.

Assistent professor at the Centre for European Cultural Studies, University of Aarhus. He has worked on democratic theory and historical practices of democracy. He is currently working on a book on the history of the concept of civilization. Among his publications is his dissertation Om magt, demokrati og diskurs diskuteret i lyset af den franske revolution, vol.1-2 [On Power, Democracy and Discourse Discussed in the Light of the French Revolution] (Aarhus Universitet, 1997)

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