Indonesia Study Group

12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
July 20, 2011
Seminar Room B (Arndt Room), Coombs Building, Fellows Road, ANU

Varieties of Cosmopolitanism and Indonesia's Global Identity

Thomas Pepinsky (Cornell University, Ithaca, NY)

Seminar abstract

Cosmopolitanism refers to the idea that one's ethnic or national identity is complementary or subordinate to a global community that transcends the nation-state. But the terms of cosmopolitanism are contested, and Indonesian's (like others in the Global South) can think of their "global identity" in many different ways. Should Indonesian's look to the West? To the Muslim world? To Southeast or East Asia? This presentation will explore the varieties of cosmopolitanism in contemporary Indonesia, introducing conceptual and methodological tools through which to study how socioeconomic transformation shapes Indonesians' global identity.

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