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Research at St Andrews

Huon Wardle


Huon Wardle
Postal address:
School of Philosophical
Anthropological & Film Studies
(Social Anthropology)
71 North Street, St Andrews
United Kingdom


Direct phone: +44 (0)1334 462982

Research overview

Cosmopolitanism, cosmopolitics, diaspora, comedy, ethics, aesthetics. Area specialities: Jamaica, the Caribbean.

Research overview

My work as an anthropologist has focused on cosmopolitanism, cosmopolitics and the Caribbean region. I am Director the Centre for Cosmopolitan Studies at the University of St Andrews and editor of the Centre's Yearbook in Cosmopolitan Studies. 

Ethnographically and theoretically I have aimed to refine the concept of creolization by rethinking it as a process where individuals adapt culture to personal worldview and predicament - a process with threefold dimensions; disjuncture, ambiguation, commitment. 

In the same vein, I have argued for the need for 'ethnographies of cosmopolitanism' directed at understanding dynamics of cosmopolitan and cosmopolitical change, or cosmopolitanization, from the point of view of particular people in particular world localities.

And pursuing this line of thought I have tried to refine what is understood by 'an ethnography'. An ethnography certainly is not a description of 'a culture' or 'a society' singular; it is rather an experiment in giving context and analytical meaning to human experiences that have an inherent perceptual and conceptual plurality about them.

This in turn has led me to explore the idea of 'common sense' as described by Kant; where common sense is the imaginatively organised sense of community that holds for a particular person at a specific moment and place.

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