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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.


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:


Helios Elemental, Master class led by Enrique Verdugo

Helios Elemental, Master class led by Enrique Verdugo

H e l i o s E l e m e n t a l

”life is film and film photography…”

A full week Helios Elemental Black & White Photography master class
Venue : Ionion Center for the arts & Culture, Greek Island Kefalonia.

Session 1. July 20th-27th 2023
Session 2. September 20th -26th 2023

Helios Elemental program is hosted by The Ionion Center for the Arts & Culture and connected to the ”Timeless Light” Symposium.

Contact & information:


Collaboration, Social Justice, and Professional Empowerment: A Multi-Genre Workshop Led by Kristina Marie Darling

Collaboration, Social Justice, and Professional Empowerment: A Multi-Genre Workshop
Led by Kristina Marie Darling

The program is part of the POETRY – LITERATURE 21st CENTURY,applies under the 2023 International 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.


Program Dates: Tuesday, May 2nd – Wednesday May 10th 2023
Who is it for:
Creators from all the art fields with special focus to poetry in connection with various art forms. Participants are welcome either in situ or by distant participation form.

Organizer: Ionion Center for the Arts and Culture,
Location: The Greek Island Kefalonia
Deadlines for applications-Early Bird registrations: March 20th 2023
Final Deadlines for applications – registrations: April 20th 2023
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 Instructor: Kristina Marie Darling,
Guest Speakers
Poetry & Music: Dale Trumbore,
Literature & the Visual Arts: Mary-Kim Arnold,
Nick Flynn,
Hasanthika Sirisena,
Literature & Film: Chloe Honum,
Mary Kathryn Jablonski,
The Ethics of Collaboration: Carol Guess,
Oliver de la Paz,
Finding Your Community: How to Connect with Collaborators Beyond Your Chosen Discipline: Tina Cane,
John James,
Poetry as Spiritual Journey : Ioana Cosma ,
Twentieth-century American Literature; Epistolary Poetics: Nicholas Skaldetvind,
Day One: Welcome & Celebration
Readings & Performances on the beach, Welcome Dinner
Day Two: Poetry & Music, Poetry as Spiritual Journey
Guest Speakers: Composer Dale Trumbore, Ioana Cosma
Day Three: Literature & The Visual Arts
Guest Speakers: Nick Flynn, Mary-Kim Arnold, Hasanthika Sirisena, Nicholas Skaldetvind,
Day Four: Literature & Film
Guest Speakers: Mary Kathryn Jablonski & Chloe Honum
Day Five: Finding Your Community: How to Connect with Collaborators Beyond Your Chosen Discipline: Guest Speakers: Tina Cane & John James
Day Six: The Ethics of Collaboration . Guest Speakers: Carol Guess & Oliver de la Paz
Day Seven: Celebration & Farewell
Readings & Performances in the Caves
Farewell Dinner
Poetry & Star Gazing

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Helios the Elemental,Photography master class Led by Enrique Verdugo

Helios the Elemental

Photography master class,Led by Enrique Verdugo


Fundaments of analogue photography • Introduction to the analogue camera • Exposure and taking light readings • Shutter speed settings and movement • Apertures (f-stops) and depth of field • Creative approaches to photographing different subjects • Shoot black-and-white film (ISO. ASA) • Composition and lighting.

Introduction to basic darkroom skills:• Processing film from the previous days, making a contact sheet • Preparing and mixing developers, temperature versus timing • Washing and drying  • Analysing negatives in the light box • The equipment and how it works.

Making prints: • introduction to how enlarger work • Negatives papers and filter grade • Timing • Making first print test and visualizing final print • Dodging and burning.

Exhibiting at the Ionion Center

Venue : Ionion Center for the Arts and Culture & sites in the island of Kefalonia.

Dates  Session 1:      September 7th – 13th 2020

               Session 2:       September 15th – 21st 2020

Location: Greece,   Island Kefalonia.

Opening date for applications: June1st 2020

Deadline for applications:  July15th, 2020

Deadline for completion of submissions/final participations: August 5th  2020

Eligibility : Open to all and to  Photography and film interested

Application by e-mail :    /or/

Academic support :

Information, terms, conditions, fees :

Side activities: Exploration of  Kefalonia’s lights and surrounds, included natural formations, sites of interest, beaches, museums, traditional dancing nights and events.                                                master-classes.

The program will be advanced in collaboration with the ECOTRAVEL KEFALONIA :

About Enrique Verdugo:

Enrique Verdugo is a photographer and filmmaker who lives and works in London. He was born in Santiago de Chile.

He holds a degree in Photography from Arcos Institute in Santiago de Chile and a Masters degree in Film Making from Kingston University in the UK.

Enrique is a freelancer and works with editorial, and architectural practices. His work includes a variety of commissions as well as creative educational projects. He collaborates with diverse artists, as well as on his own projects.

His work in photography and film is mainly on location. Subjects vary

from abandoned architecture and industrial spaces such as in his series ‘Echoes and Deserts’, to experimentation in portraying ‘time and motion’ using the human body as a canvas in his ‘Body and Flux’ series.

Enrique was shortlisted for the ‘Hariban Award’ in Japan in 2019. He is currently working on two self publishing projects, as well as producing a feature length documentary film about water and politics in his native Chile.

Video & photographic works:


SOS paradise calling! Masterclass led by Victoria Vesna & Haytham Nawar

SOS paradise calling!     

  Masterclass led by Victoria Vesna & Haytham Nawar 


Who can go to vacation in paradise and ignore all the suffering going on above and below the earth, the water and the skies?

Meet a group of renowned artists and scientists to explore, learn think about the planet and come up with creative ways to address the urgent calls from people, animals and the invisible world.

Experience the gorgeous, mythical environment through field trips, lectures, workshops through hands on collaborative projects considering the myriad points of view.

Explore the mountains, gullies, lakes and the Ionian Sea.

SEE from a different perspective the planktons and micro-plastics.

HEAR the sounds of birds, the winds of change and the underwater noise pollution.

FEEL the air and get closer to your intuitive sensing.

TASTE the sea and the food that we will cook together and eat in community.


VICTORIA VESNA, Ph.D.:Artist, Professor, Design Media Arts, founder and Director of UCLA Art Sci center, Visiting Professor at Empowerment Informatics Program, University of Tsukuba, Japan and Interface Cultures, University of Linz, Austria. Active since the early 1980s, she created early Internet art works and developed many projects in long term collaborations with scientists.


HAYTHAM NAWAR, Ph.D:Artist, designer, researcher, Assistant Professor and Director of the Graphic Design program, Department of the Arts at the American University in Cairo. Founder and Director of the Cairotronica, Cairo Electronic, and New Media Arts Festival.


Dates              July 14-28, 2020 (due to the pandemic new dates will be determined and announced)

Location         Kefalonia Island, Greece

Venue             Ionion Center for the Arts and Culture

Deadline for applications:

Capacity         16 participants



Artists from all disciplines, scientists, researchers, philosophers, environmentalists, Minds seeking deeper meaning and connection between Creative Practice, Life and the World.


If interested to know more details on general info, terms, conditions, fees, documentation, personal support, kindly email:  OR


The Ionion Center for the Arts and Culture operates in a Global environment in the fields of Higher Education, Arts and Research. The International Strategy of the Institution in accordance to its Establishment Act, is embracing the Globalization needs of the Academic and Art’s World. Knowledge, Academic Research and Innovation in across borders model constitutes the core program of the Institution.

Come to Create, Present, Perform