Professor David Held delivered the 2012 Globalism Research Centre Tom Nairn Lecture on March 27, 2012.
'Cosmopolitanism in the Multipolar World' presented David Held's thinking about the future of humankind with a determined optimism, while recognising that from 9/11 to the present day, terrorism, conflict, territorial struggle and the clash of identities define the moment. While his talk acknowledged these challenges, Professor Held argued that the 20th century established a series of cosmopolitan steps which develop forms of action beyond nation-states, to a more rule-based international order founded on principles of individual human rights.
David Held is Master of University College, Durham, and Professor of politics and international relations at Durham University. He is a British social and political theorist, and a prominent figure within the field of international relations. He has been a key figure in the development of theories of cosmopolitanism, and of cosmopolitan democracy in particular, and is a leading scholar on issues of globalisation and global governance. Two decades ago David co-founded Polity, which is now a major presence in social science and humanities publishing.