Cosmopolis was launched in 2007 in cooperation with the Canadian Encyclopédie de l’Agora and the Belgian Encyclopedic Space “Wallonie-Bruxelles”. Originally conceived by the editor to renew and enlarge Transnational Associations he previously edited for 20 years, it is supported in its current form by an international network of academics from various disciplines. Its aim is to critically address the complex interactions among global actors in the international system and more particularly transnational actors in the emergence of a revisited cosmopolis.
Recognizing the conflicting character of interactions between state and interstate actors and the diverse aspirations of transnational, non-state movements and organizations, it explores the emancipatory potential underlying the idea of a global society and its fuzzy coexistence with a resilient international system.
The approach is not limited to established disciplines and invites interdisciplinary inquiries and cross-disciplinary analyses. It promotes the exchange of alternative perspectives, balancing research into institutionalized entities and informal social movements, currents and processes. It draws on both academic expertise and the empirical experience of practitioners involved with substantive problems, to fill the gap between theoretical explanation and the understanding of practical human condition.
The imbalance created by this complex, asymmetrical pattern calls for a wide perspective capturing the interactions between the variety of actors and factors involved. The underlying vectors of tensions associated with such an imbalance can be related to both the quest for an emerging world order and the chaos resulting from competing models of world order. They may derive from state interests and community values, local and global views, moral and legal norms, charitable and economic aims simultaneously.
Cosmopolis publishes commissioned papers, peer-reviewed articles, research and analysis papers, book reviews, critical review articles, commentaries, public sphere controversies, policy papers, reports and documents, and others. Submissions are invited (in English or in French, possibly in Spanish) dealing with the varying conceptions of what a global order could or should be, whether based on current or reformed institutions, global civil society, international society, the co-existence of communal values, or any specific understanding of a cosmopolitan order.
The title of the journal, Cosmopolis, is understood not as a preconceived Kantian system, but as a potential ordering somewhere between the ancient Stoic ideal type and the pragmatic models competing for global legitimacy.
Submissions should be sent to:
Paul Ghils, Editor
Former Editor, Transnational Associations, UIA.
ISTI/University of Brussels, Emeritus