Conviviality has lately become a catchword not only in academia but also among political activists. This open access book discusses conviviality in relation to the adjoining concepts cosmopolitanism and creolisation. The urgency of today's global predicament is not only an argument for the revival of all three concepts, but also a reason to bring them into dialogue. Ivan Illich envisioned a post-industrial convivial society of 'autonomous individuals and primary groups' (Illich 1973), which resembles present-day manifestations of 'convivialism'. Paul Gilroy refashioned conviviality as a substitute for cosmopolitanism, denoting an ability to be 'at ease' in contexts of diversity (Gilroy 2004). Rather than replacing one concept with the other, the fourteen contributors to this book seek to explore the interconnections - commonalities and differences - between them, suggesting that creolisation is a necessary complement to the already-intertwined concepts of conviviality and cosmopolitanism. Although this volume takes northern Europe as its focus, the contributors take care to put each situation in historical and global contexts in the interests of moving beyond the binary thinking that prevails in terms of methodologies, analytical concepts, and political implementations.
Oscar Hemer is Professor of Journalistic and Literary Creation at Malmö University, Sweden. His latest publications include the novel Misiones (2014), the co-edited collection In the Aftermath of Gezi: From Social Movement to Social Change? (2017) and the forthcoming book Contaminations and Ethnographic Fictions: Southern Crossings.
Maja Povrzanovic Frykman is Professor of Ethnology at Malmö University, Sweden. Her recent publications include Sensitive Objects: Affect and Material Culture (2016), Migration, Transnationalism and Development in South-East Europe and the Black Sea Region (2017) and a Swedish-language monograph on on highly skilled migrants in Sweden (2018).
Per-Markku Ristilammi is Professor of Ethnology in the Department of Urban Studies at Malmö University, Sweden. His research focuses on the construction of alterity in urban environments, and he has also been engaged in several research projects concerning identity and integration in the transnational Öresund region.
Chapter 1: Conviviality vis-à-vis Cosmopolitanism and Creolisation: Probing the concepts
Chapter 2: Fantasy of conviviality: banalities of multicultural settings and what we do (not) notice when we look at them
Chapter 3: Creolisation as a Recipe for Conviviality
Chapter 4: Schleiermacher's Geselligkeit, Henriette Herz, and the 'Convivial Turn'
Chapter 5: Cosmopolitanism as Utopia
Chapter 6: Creolizing Conviviality: Thinking Relational Ontology and Decolonial Ethics through Ivan Illich and Édouard Glissant
Chapter 7: A Convivial Journey: From Diversity in Istanbul to Solidarity with Refugees in Denmark
Chapter 8: Bringing Conviviality into Methods in Media and Migration Studies:
Chapter 9: Post-2015 Refugees Welcome
Initiatives in Sweden: Cosmopolitan Underpinnings
Chapter 10: The Bridge - Redux: The Breakdown of Normative Conviviality
Chapter 11: Charting a Convivial Continuum in British Post-War Popular Music 1948-2018
Chapter 12: Footballers and Conductors: Between Reclusiveness and Conviviality
Chapter 13: Impurity and Danger. Excerpt from Cape Calypso
Chapter 15: Seeing Johannesburg Anew: Conviviality and Opacity in Khalo Matabane's Conversations on a Sunday Afternoon