Cosmopolitanism, Translocality, Astronoetics: A Multi-Local Vantage Point


The world in which we live is crisscrossed by multiple flows of people, information, non-human life, travel circuits and goods. At least since the Sixteenth Century, the Americas have received and generated new social, cultural and product trends. As we see through the case studies presented here, modern literature and dance, the industrialization of food and the race to space cannot be historicized without considering the role the Americas, and particularly the United States, have played in all of them. We also see, at the same time, how these flows of thought, art, science and products emerged from sources outside the Americas to then take root in and beyond the United States. The authors in this special volume are devising conceptual tools to analyze this multiplicity across continents and also at the level of particular nations and localities. Concepts such as cosmopolitanism, translocality and astronoetics are brought to shed light on these complex crossings, giving us new ways to look at the intricacy of these distance-crossing flows. India, perhaps surprisingly, emerges as an important cultural interlocutor, beginning with the idealized, imagined versions of Indian spirituality that fueled the romanticism of the New England Transcendentalists, to the importance of Indian dance pioneers in the world stage during the first part of the twentieth century and the current importance of India as a player in the race to space. 


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Published : 2020-12-31

Vargas-CetinaG., & KangM. (2020). Cosmopolitanism, Translocality, Astronoetics: A Multi-Local Vantage Point. Review of International American Studies, 13(2), 29-38.

Gabriela Vargas-Cetina
Universidad Autonoma de Yucatan  Mexico

Gabriela Vargas-Cetina (Ph.D. McGill University 1994) is Full Professor and Researcher of Anthropology at the Autonomous University of Yucatan. She has done ethnographic research in Alberta, Canada; Sardinia, Italy; Chiapas and Yucatan, Mexico; and her current ethnographic fieldwork takes place in Yucatan and in Andalusia, Spain. Her general field of interest encompasses organizations and organized action, representation in anthropology, anthropology and performance, and the relations between anthropology and fiction. She has published on shepherds’ co-operatives in Sardinia, the pow-wow ceremonial in Alberta, rural teachers and weaver organizations in Chiapas, and music and musicians in Yucatan. Her recent books include the volume Anthropology and the Politics of Representation (Vargas-Cetina G. Ed., U of Alabama, 2013), the monograph Beautiful Politics of Music: Trova in Yucatan, Mexico (U of Alabama 2017) and the book co-authored with two other anthropologists (in Spanish) Cooking, Music and Communications: Technology and Aesthetics in Contemporary Yucatan (Autonomous University of Yucatan, 2016). She is currently looking at struggles around noise in the city of Merida, in Yucatan, and working with musicians who play during the Holy Week festivities in Seville, Spain. 

Manpreet Kaur Kang 
Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University  India

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