CECUPS-CRIT Research Seminar

Friday, March 1, 2019
Sala de reuniones del Departament de Sociologia, Facultat d'Economia i Empresa, Av. Diagonal, 696, 08034 Barcelona
Esperança Bielsa
Research line: 
Art, culture and creativity

Esperança Bielsa, professora at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and CECUPS researcher will present "El extraño cosmopolita: héroes populares". 
It has been argued that traditional notions of the stranger, as put forward in classical accounts by Simmel, Schütz and others, need to be re-examined in the light of widespread social developments that challenge the divisions between the self and the other that were once taken for granted. This paper addresses the significance of the cosmopolitan stranger, whose skills are especially important under conditions of generalized societal strangeness. A consideration of the interrelated notions of distance and strangeness in the social experience of the stranger is offered and the specific features of the cosmopolitan stranger examined. After that, the cases of two cosmopolitan strangers who have played a prominent social role in societies that were not initially their own are discussed. A conclusion seeks to generalize from these particular cases by relating them to different strategies for translating the foreign.