The Cosmopolitan Imaginary

The Cosmopolitan Imaginary

Cosmopolitanism is an ideal that has persisted in different forms throughout many civilizations. It has been influential in anthropology, art history, political theory and cultural studies. More recently, there has been an attempt to relate this concept to non-Western theories of universalism, belonging and humanitarian philosophy. In this subject there will be a strong focus on the Classical and Hellenistic philosophers the Stoics – that represented a radical vision of equality. They proposed a notion of an ideal state – a Republic that would be populated by sages. The status of sage was open to all irrespective of race, class or gender. In this imaginary Republic a cosmic city was envisaged of unrestricted citizenship and in which the regulative institutions will have withered away. These simple propositions have also earned them the epithet that they were the first to conceive of a cosmopolitan worldview. Most surveys of the history of the concept of cosmopolitanism start with a dutiful acknowledgement of the Stoics. It will then leap forward to the Enlightenment accounts of cosmopolitanism and Kant, and his enduring influence on contemporary theorists such as Habermas and Derrida. Finally, it will take a wider optic, and address a range of Chinese and Japanese scholars that can provide alternative traditions of cosmopolitan thinking.

Primary Sources

A.A. Long and D.N. Sedley, (1987) The Hellenistic Philosophers, Volume 1, Translations of the principal sources with philosophical commentary, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

B. Inwood and L.P. Gerson, (1997) Hellenistic Philosophy Introductory Reading, second edition, Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing Company.

Further Reading

The Stoics and Cosmopolitanism

A.A. Long, (1986) Hellenistic Philosophy, London: Duckworth.

M. Schofield (1991) The Stoic Idea of the City, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

A. Erskine, (1990) The Hellenistic Stoa, Ithaca: Cornell University Press.

Contemporary Theories of Cosmopolitanism

Appiah, K. (2006) Cosmopolitanism, New York, W.W. Norton & Co.

Balibar, E. (2007) “On Universalism in debate with Alain Badiou”, translated by Mary O’Neill, 02. 2007 (accessed March 2009).

Birnbaum, D. (2008) The Hospitality of Presence: Problems of Otherness in Husserl’s Phenomenology, New York, Sternberg Press.

Castoriadis, C. (1997a) World in Fragments, edited and translated by David A. Curtis, Stanford, Stanford University Press.

Castoriadis, C. (1997b) The Castoriadis Reader, translated by David Ames Curtis, Oxford, Blackwell.

Castoriadis, C (1997c) The Imaginary Institution of Society, translated by Kathleen Blamey, Cambridge, Polity Press.

Cheetham, M. (2009) “Theory reception: Panofsky, Kant, and disciplinary cosmopolitanism”, Journal of Art Historiography, 1, Page / record No.: 1-KJ/3 (accessed December 2010)

Chaudhuri, A. (2008) ‘Cosmopolitanism’s Alien Face’, New Left Review, 55, Jan-Feb.

Delanty, G. (2009) The Cosmopolitan Imagination, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press.

Hsu, M. (2005) ‘Networked Cosmopolitanism on Cultural Exchange and International Exhibitions’, in N. Tsoutas (ed.), Knowledge + Dialogue + Exchange: Remapping Cultural Globalism from the South, Sydney, Artspace.

Meskimmon, M. (2011) Contemporary Art and the Cosmopolitan Imagination, London, Routledge.

Mitter, P. and Mercer, K. (2005) “Reflections on Modern Art and National Identity in Colonial India”, in K. Mercer, (ed.) Cosmopolitan Modernism, London, INIVA & MIT Press.

Oestreich, G. (1982) Neostocism and the Early Modern State, (eds) B. Oestreich & H.G. Koenigsberger, transl. D. Mclintock, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press.

Regev, M. (2007). ‘Cultural Uniqueness and Aesthetic Cosmopolitanism’, European Journal of Social Theory, 10 (1) 123-138.


Staging Climate

Staging Climate

Special Issue Editor(s)

Theatre and Performance Design Special Issue: Staging Climate

Lawrence Wallen, University of Technology Sydney

We are pleased to announce a call for papers for a special issue of the international journal Theatre and Performance Design, Autumn 2024, entitled Staging Climate guest edited by Lawrence Wallen.

‘Talking about the weather may well be the only way to sanely continue to talk about the climate without shutting down in understandable despair and inevitable despondency, because weather, in essence, is what happens to us’ (Roelstraete: 2023)

From Philippe Jacques de Loutherbourg’s 18th-century miniature mechanical theatre of natural phenomena through Eliason’s weather project in the Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall or Fujiko Nakaya’s fog sculptures to A Two Dogs Company’s new music theatre work PREY, the climate has been staged. Research-based exhibitions at the ZKM (Critical Zones: In Search of a Common Ground, 2020), Prada Foundation (Everybody Talks about the Weather, 2023) and MoMA (Emerging Ecologies: Architecture and the Rise of Environmentalism, 2024) have co-opted natural phenomena and the artistic staging and representation thereof into an influential cultural discourse within the climate debate.

The notion of the theatre and museum as a locus of knowledge, serving as a space for exploration, education, contemplation and interactive engagement in relation to climate, has captivated the imaginations of audiences, collectors, architects and visitors across the globe. On the one hand, directorial and curatorial constructs inform audiences and visitors of the ongoing climate crisis through performative strategies to elicit thought and action. In contrast, artistic interventions elicit spatial and cultural responses relating to specific aspects of humans’ relationship to nature. Both acts accentuate an experiential approach to immersing and framing our experience of nature, community, and art to awaken in us the fragility of our connection with landscape and wilderness and the impending environmental catastrophe. This emphasis on experience as a device to convey highly complex ideas through a range of intellectual and sensorial strategies into memorable, actionable and differentiated tracts of knowledge is critical in foregrounding the cultural aspects of the climate debate.

For the proposed special issue Staging Climate, we invite contributions examining natural phenomena and climate in theatre, exhibition and performance while engaging with the performative and epistemic attributes and activist-inspiring capacities to which these works aspire.


Collaboration, Social Justice, and Professional Empowerment A Multi-Genre Workshop/POETRY – 21ST CENTURY

Collaboration, Social Justice, and Professional Empowerment
A Multi-Genre Workshop
Led by
Dr. Kristina Marie Darling & Luca De Gaetano

The program is part of the POETRY – LITERATURE 21st CENTURY, falls under the 2024 International Academic Program of the Ionion Center for the Arts & Culture
Program Overview
Collaborations inevitably lead creative practitioners to reflect on their own voice, aesthetic choices, and their subject position, expanding one’s sense of what is possible in one’s own projects, even when working alone. Set in a gorgeous location in the Ionian Islands, Greece, this workshop will consider collaboration in service of social justice and professional empowerment. The program will be conducted in sites of extreme interest, such as the Medieval Castle & the Ancient Monuments as well in the Kefalonian beaches. We will place a particular emphasis on collaborating with those whose work differs significantly from one’s own in style, genre, perspective, worldview, and/or medium. The workshop culminates in an open audience exhibition of art works and poetry forms.

Program Dates: Tuesday, May 7th – Monday May 13th 2024
Who is it for:
Creators and students from all the art fields with focus to poetry in connection with various art forms. Participants are welcome .
Organizer: Ionion Center for the Arts and Culture,
Location: The Greek Island Kefalonia
Deadlines for applications-Early Bird registrations: March 30th 2024
Final Deadlines for applications – registrations: April 20th 2024
Language: The program will be conducted in English. All languages are welcome.
Application: web application:
OR Email application:
Contact & Information (submissions, fees, grants info):
Program Information:

The Instructors: Kristina Marie Darling,
Luca De Gaetano:
Guest Speakers
Poetry as Spiritual Journey :Tracy Brimhalls,
Twentieth-century American Literature; Epistolary Poetics: Nicholas Skaldetvind,


MASTER’S CLASS: Encaustic explorations in mark-making, memory, and matter

Encaustic explorations in mark-making, memory, and matter
May18th – 25th, 2024
Kefalonia, Greece

Well, then, let’s say [there is a wax block in our souls and that] it is a gift of Memory, the mother of the Muses, and whatever we want to remember of the things we see, hear, or we ourselves think of, by submitting it to our perceptions and thoughts, we strike off into this, as if we were putting in the seals of signet-rings. And whatever gets impressed, let’s say that we remember and know as long as its image is in it, but whatever is wiped off or cannot get impressed, that we forget and do not know. -Plato, Theatetus
Wax is a substance synonymous with memory: wax tablets were amongst the first writing technology, wax seals enclosed and protected the integrity of important documents, wax cylinders were used to first capture sound, wax was applied as a preservative coating on wood, paper, parchment, and other surfaces. On the other hand, in the Odyssey, wax was used to seal the ears of Odysseus’ crew to redact the irresistible call of the Sirens as they sailed past. Wax is a material that asks critical questions about how we know of and remember the world.

Led by artists/researchers Alexis Avlamis ( and Kurtis Lesick (, Encaustic explorations in mark-making, memory, and matter extends an invitation to visual artists, working in any discipline or medium, to the Greek island of Kefalonia (once the kingdom of Odysseus) to engage in directed professional development, research, and creation focussing on encaustic practices and the material and metaphor of wax to think through issues of memory, identity, and materiality. Practitioners in arts restoration-preservation who work are interested in wax as a material, or researchers focussing on materiality and memory may also find this workshop useful.

Hosted at the Ionion Centre for Arts and Culture (, participants in this 8-day master’s class will be introduced to a variety of encaustic production techniques for 2D and 3D works including sun bleaching, wax molds, encaustic shellac, etching and channeling, scraping, incising, collage, image transfer, and others. They will also be participating in lectures, discussions, field trips to natural and cultural heritage sites to help develop their own thinking on the power and significance of “the mark” (whether it be artistic, archaeological, geological, linguistic, or emotional) to fabricate a memory, necessitate history, and obscure alternative pasts. The class will culminate in a show of research results at the Ionion Center for Arts and Culture.
What does the program offer?
This program offers a structured experience for artists to engage with intensive studio, field, and conceptual exploration around the specific themes of the course. The fee includes accommodation, transportation during formal fieldtrips, and daily breakfast and dinners. Participants will also be provided with basic materials required for instruction. Additional materials will be available for purchase if required. The program provides opportunities for peer interaction amongst participants and mentorship from expert faculty so that participants are exposed to new thinking and practices toward the professional development of their work. Participants will also be provided with working time in the collective workshop or outdoor studio space.
Participants are also encouraged to apply for extended residencies at the Ionion Center for the Arts and Culture where they can pursue their individual research, artwork, or show their work. Information on the Center’s residency program please email here:
Who should apply?
This master’s class is for experienced artists equipped with a portfolio of work and who have completed formal training at the post-secondary level, OR have equivalent experience and recognition from their peers through informal, specialized training such as mentorships, self-study, and traditional knowledge and practices. Both emerging and established artists are encouraged to apply. Researchers working with concepts of materiality and memory who are interested in exploring these ideas through the metaphor of wax and the physical environment, or practitioners in arts restoration-preservation interested in learning more about wax as a material may also apply.

Who will you work with?
Alexis Avlamis (Greece) uses both painting and language to investigate the complexities of memory and identity. Through improvisation, intuition and by tapping into a stream of consciousness his work blurs the boundaries of both material and imagined worlds. While his practice has engaged collage, acrylic painting, and colored pencil, he is best known for his use of encaustic techniques. Avlamis’ work has been exhibited internationally, published in numerous American poetry anthologies and literature journals, as well as for Art21’s blog: Inside the Artist’s Studio, 2010. He has attended artist residencies in the United States, China and Finland. Alexis was the recipient of the International Emerging Artist Award (Drawing and Illustration category) based in Dubai. His works may be found in private and public collections worldwide.
Kurtis Lesick (Canada) is an artist, curator, researcher, and award-winning creative content specialist. His installations, media works, digital performances, and cross-media collaborations explore the limits of materiality, knowledge, and themes of indeterminacy. Lesick’s practice draws heavily on his experience in archaeology, anthropology and philosophy, as well as both his love and disdain for technology. His work has been presented and exhibited internationally in Canada, Greece, Italy, Malta, Portugal, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the U.S.A. He is an Associate Professor at the Alberta University of the Arts, has held an adjunct professorship at the Digital Futures Initiative in the Faculty of Graduate Studies at the Ontario College of Art and Design University (Canada), has been visiting faculty at the Banff Centre (Canada) and the University of California at Irvine (USA), and was a Benjamin Meaker Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Bristol (UK).
The Ionion Center for the Arts and Culture ( operates in a Global environment in the fields of Higher Education, Arts and Research. The Center is located on the Greek Island of Kefalonia with close proximity to the Kefalonia International Airport which provides easy access to the island by flight from most major European cities after May 1st.
All applicants for Ionion Center for the Arts and Culture programs must complete tax registration as part of their applications. For more information on the program and the registration process please contact:


‘’ART TANGO’’ World Meeting/Art & Style Dance School , Olga Galiatsatou

‘’ART TANGO’’ World Meeting

The Art of Tango World Meeting is inviting Maestros, Tango Dancers, Instrumentalists, DJs, Choreographers, Photographers, Videographers, Dance Schools and Dance involved & interested/passionate for Tango from all the fields of the Arts………
Location: The Greek Island Kefalonia
Dates: July 20th- 26th 2024
The Event is taking place at the Greek Island Kefalonia. A six days exploration and performances of the art of Tango, a unique variety of dance techniques, rhythms and diverse cultural experiences.
The island’s Summer atmosphere, the breeze of the Ionian Sea next to the stages of Tango dance will be the basic elements of an invaluable, enjoyable, creative trip. Music, poetry, art exhibitions, cultural tours and magical Tango nights under the stars consist the main program.
Organizer : Art & Style Dance School Olga Galiatsatou
-The headquarters of the Art & Style Dance School Olga Galiatsatou (for Tango milongas )
– The Ionion Center for the Arts & Culture , amphitheater and exhibition hall (for concerts, exhibitions, Tango performances)
-Municipal Venues for Tango nights (Theaters, Historical sites, Public Venues)
Applicants must be 18 years old and over
Entry fee: 50 euro for every person
Fees are nonrefundable, required with the application
Deadlines for applications: May 30th 2024
For Terms , Conditions, Fees, Grants and Scholarships please communicate by email at:
We will get back to you with detailed information regarding all the types of participations and grant offers: for individuals , for couples , for art’s schools .
Grant Connected Program, operating under the International Program of the Ionion Center for the Arts and Culture.
All the applicants (dancers, musicians, artists from every creative field) are welcome to benefit:
1. in terms of official supporting documentation for funding , visas etc applications in their regions.
2. in terms of ensuring the best accommodation and professional support conditions for their participation in the program.
3. in terms of grant eligibility from the Ionion Center program(s).
4. in terms of scheduling a personal event in their specific field.
5. in terms of documentation –invitations & certificates of participation.
6. In terms of global promotion
7. In terms of inclusion in an edition
Awards : The top Master΄s couple (selected by the Jury) will be granted 7 days residency at the Ionion Center for the Arts and Culture.
Musicians/Instrumentalists/ DJs (selected by the Jury ) will be granted personal 7 days residency at the Ionion Center for the Arts and Culture and a personal concert beyond the Tango events.
Our inviting professionals dance teachers
Olga Galiatsatou and Panagiotis Voulgaris, dancers, dance teachers and choreographers, are looking forward to cooperating with you!

Olga Galiatsatou and Panagiotis Voulgaris are both dance teachers and choreographers, distinguished by the Greek Government for their invaluable work for the ‘’ART & STYLE DANCE SCHOOL’’ of Kefalonia’’ . Their professional qualifications in Ballroom Standard and Argentine Tango are formally recognized from I.S.T.D, I.D.T.A and C.I.D ( Council International de la Dance). Invited as international adjudicators and professional teachers from W.D.C in Ballroom Standard, Latin and Argentine Tango, they are present in many international dance competitions. Both the artists and their School won a great number of wards and medals in Croatia, Serbia, Italy, Romania and Greece.


Classic ballet seminar , Art & Style Dance School , Olga Galiatsatou

Σεμινάριο Κλασσικού Μπαλέτου
Σάββατο 9 Δεκεμβρίου 2023 στο Ιόνιο Κέντρο Τεχνών & Πολιτισμού
Κυριακή 10 Δεκεμβρίου στη Σχολή της Όλγας Γαλιατσάτου.

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Art & Style Dance School , Olga Galiatsatou