CCEAE/CCGES-Université de Montréal
le vendredi 3 novembre 2017

Cosmopolitan Intent at the Origins of Political Economy

Notre série "diversité et civilité" continue, avec des conférences en format atelier.

Ouvert à tou(te)s.

Our lecture series on "Diversity and Civility" continues with a selection of seminar presentations.

All are welcome.

Le CCEAE, le Centre d’excellence sur l’union européenne, le IRTG “Diversity" et la Chaire de recherche du Canada en études allemandes et européennes, Université de Montréal, ont le plaisir de vous inviter chaleureusement à la conférence suivante :

« Cosmopolitan Intent at the Origins of Political Economy »

Conférence de Professor Anoush F. Terjanian (East Carolina University)

Quand : Le 3 novembre 2017 (vendredi), 14h00 à 16h00

Où : Salle 580-32, 5e étage du Pavillon 3744 Jean-Brlllant, Université de Montréal (métro Côte-des-Neiges).

Resumé :

Revisiting theories of cosmopolitanism allows us to blur the longstanding binary which opposes the particular and the universal and so vexes assessments of the possibilities for plural civic spaces. To better understand these first iterations of cosmopolitan theory in the eighteenth century, and their entanglement in notions of civility and difference, attention to the often-neglected shared context of narrowing conceptions of political economy is vital. This talk notices the ways in which the eighteenth-century’s international bestseller, the History of the Two Indies, mobilised a language of sentiment to advance a cosmopolitan politics. While appeals to sentiment in the work have been characterised as painful moments of purple prose (JGA Pocock, 2005), or objectifying imperial subjects (Lynn Festa, 2010), a close reading of these, in the light of political economic discourse and debates, suggests an alternative interpretation which reads the projection of emotions as part of a political strategy to transmit ‘cosmopolitan intent’ (James Tully, 2002).

Biographie :

Anoush Fraser Terjanian is a tenured associate professor of history at East Carolina University. Her research and teaching have focused on eighteenth-century France—birthplace of political and economic theories under renewed critical evaluation, namely modern democracy and capitalism. She earned her PhD at Johns Hopkins University, following degrees in political science and history at Cambridge and McGill Universities. Terjanian’s interest in democratic institutions and politics is longstanding : she is an alumna of Canada’s Parliamentary Internship Programme. She also served on Canada’s delegation for the G7 Summit. Terjanian’s first book, Commerce and Its Discontents in Eighteenth-Century French Political Thought (Cambridge University Press, 2013), was released in paperback in August 2016. Terjanian spent 2015-17 closer to praxis, on secondment as the director of a new (US) Social Science Research Council programme investigating current ‘anxieties of democracy’.