What Makes Humanity? Identities, Relationships, and a New Cosmopolitanism

Craig Calhoun, Achille Mbembe, and David A. Palmer

From the 2021-2022 Online Speaker Series: Identity and Belonging in a Global Age. Other events in this series.

Craig Calhoun

University Professor of Social Sciences at Arizona State University. Previously, he was president of the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and the Social Science Research Council (SSRC). He is author of Neither Gods Nor Emperors: Students and the Struggle for Democracy in China (1997), Degenerations of Democracy (2022) and the forthcoming Cosmopolitanism and Belonging: From European Integration to Global Hopes and Fears.

Achille Mbembe

Research Professor of History and Politics at the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research in Johannesburg, South Africa and Professor at the European Graduate School. He is author of On the Postcolony (2001), Critique of Black Reason (2016), Necropolitics (2019), and Out of the Dark Night: Essays on Decolonization (2020).

David A. Palmer

Professor jointly at the Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences and in the Department of Sociology at the University of Hong Kong. He is co-author of The Religious Question in Modern China (2010) and Dream Trippers: Global Daoism and the Predicament of Modern Spirituality (2017), and author of Qigong Fever: Body, Science and Utopia in China (2007).

2021-2022 Online Speaker Series

Identity and Belonging in a Global Age

With the rise of tribalism and nationalism throughout the world, questions of collective identity and belonging have surged to prominence in recent years. Across numerous disciplines and discourses, a key dilemma has taken shape: how to reconcile the legitimate yearning for rootedness and locality, with the fluidity and porousness of an increasingly global age. This series brings together leading thinkers from a variety of perspectives to examine and reframe the crises of identity that confront us in a rapidly changing global age, and to think deeply about how humanity might resolve them. Sponsored by the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University, the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University, and COMIT.

Cornel West, Achille Mbembe, Barbara J. Fields, Craig Calhoun, Juliet Hooker, Akeel Bilgrami, Arturo Escobar, Inés Valdez, Glen Coulthard, Or Rosenboim, Derik Smith, Samuel Moyn, David A. Palmer

Other events in this series