Cultural Studies, History and Cosmopolitanism in UK


  • Mica Nava Centre for Cultural Studies Research, University of East London, UK



Cultural studies, history, cosmopolitanism


This article reviews aspects of the historical relationship between cultural studies and history in the UK university context and illustrates the specificity of cultural history approaches by drawing on the author’s own work on cosmopolitanism.


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