This presentation focuses on the mediation of the #LondonIsOpen campaign, which followed the – largely undesired among Londoners – Brexit vote. More specifically, the discussion is organised in two parts. It first introduces the discourses and visuals of the campaign in its social media incarnations and then analyses Londoners’ online and offline responses to its projected cosmopolitanism. This presentation examines how the open city, as a concept and an ideal associated with urban cosmopolitanism, is embraced by many Londoners in times of crisis. While openness appears as a starting and fundamental point of identification for many Londoners, their ethical orientations diverge, most importantly along the competing frames of cosmopolitanism they embrace: neoliberal cosmopolitanism and vernacular cosmopolitanism. This presentation adopts an intersectional analysis of cosmopolitanism, which identifies and analyses representational struggles in the city as these increasingly take place within, rather than against, urban cosmopolitanism.
Dr Myria Georgiou is Associate Professor and Deputy Head of Department at the Department of Media and Communications, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). For more than 20 years she has been conducting and leading cross-national and transurban research across Europe and between British and American cities. She is the author of Diaspora, identity and the media (2006, Hampton Press) and Media and the city (2013, Polity Press).