Dr. Eddy Kent is an Assistant Professor in the department of English and Film Studies. He teaches in the area of Victorian literature and culture. His areas of specialisation include Empire, literary theory, liberalism, and the novel. He has just completed a book manuscript on the corporate culture of British imperialism that reassesses the source and function of duty and service as topoi in colonial literature. Additionally, he has written essays on Tennyson’s Idylls, Kipling’s Kim, and political violence. He is currently thinking about the variety of ways Victorians conceptualised and wrote about hope.


2012 Research Cluster Grant

The Cosmopolity project studies the economic, historical, and social dimensions of cosmopolitanism. As globalization enters into a moment of crisis, we ask what is the hope for a world citizenship? From climate change, debt, energy security, environmental disasters, terrorism, transnational social movements, the events that lead our nightly newscasts and drive policy demand a global perspective. In the twentieth century, our response sought solutions through formal institutions of international governance, like the UN, the International Criminal Court, or the World Bank. Today, these hopes have faded and our collective responses to our global realities are often more provisional, improvisational, and contingent. The Cosmopolity project focuses on these new world politics: to identify principal actors, contesting ideologies, and competing rhetorics. We seek to unite researchers working on the problems of the moment – such as international migration, sovereign debt, and corporate social responsibility – with those studying related issues of the past – including slavery, industrial capitalism, and corporate imperialism.

Keywords: Cosmopolitanism, Crisis, Globalisation, New Social Movements


  • Arts: English & Film Studies, MLCS, History, Sociology
  • Campus Saint-Jean
  • Law