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East of Cosmopolis: Cosmopolitanism and Russocentrism in Gorbachev's Common European Home
Göteborgs universitet.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2284-3928
2010 (English)Conference paper, Presentation (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

“Kosmopolitizm” has been used in Russia as a word of abuse for 150 years. Paradoxically, the Russian official self-concept has frequently been defined in universalistic or post-national terms. I will here try to discuss Gorbachev’s vision of a common European home in light of the discourse of an ideal-typical cosmopolitanism with origins in the Enlightenment. What happens when a prevalent imperialistic universalism—with particularistic content—is challenged from a point of view of a more cosmopolitan universalism? Gorbachev’s policy, as well as the fall of the Soviet Union, is reconstructed conceptually in a diachronic context of previous Russian and Soviet responses to Western influences. By analysing the cosmopolitan, as well as russocentric, implications of Gorbachev’s efforts to link Soviet and Russian culture to a European and Western community, we might develop reflexive perspectives on general problems and contradictions of current globalization and integration.

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Stockholm: ICCEES , 2010.
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History of Ideas Cultural Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-41055OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-41055DiVA: diva2:912011
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ICCEES VIII World Congress, Stockholm, 26–31/7 2010
Available from: 2016-03-15 Created: 2016-03-15 Last updated: 2017-07-03Bibliographically approved

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