The Conditions of Hospitality: Ethics, Politics, and Aesthetics on the Threshold of the Possible

The Conditions of Hospitality: Ethics, Politics, and Aesthetics on the Threshold of the Possible

The Conditions of Hospitality: Ethics, Politics, and Aesthetics on the Threshold of the Possible

The Conditions of Hospitality: Ethics, Politics, and Aesthetics on the Threshold of the Possible

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The essays assembled in this volume represent the collected contributions to a conference held in Stavanger, Norway, in September 2008, with the title “The Conditions of Hospitality.” It was designed to commemorate and contemplate the lasting influence and heritage of the works of Emmanuel Levin as and the late Jacques Derrida, which have allowed us to think about hospitality in new ways. The conference papers have been complemented by selected essays from renowned scholars that attest, in their disciplinary and theoretical variety, to the multifaceted way in which this concept has been received, and worked into, various scientific realms and disciplines, such as philosophy, politics, psychoanalysis, anthropology, aesthetics, ethics, and translation studies. If Jacques de Ville in his 2011 book Jacques Derrida: Law as Absolute Hospitality has very lucidly traced the different discursive regimes that have contributed to the genealogy of the concept of radical hospitality that the late Derrida has bequeathed upon us, this collection might be read as the attempt to return this aporetic gift to the disciplines that went into its making.

Stavanger was a fitting place to host this conference on hospitality. It was the city host to all of Europe as its “Capital of Culture” in 2008 and is also the headquarters of the International Cities of Refuge Network (ICORN), a vital contributor to the “Arts of Hospitality” project. This project was a main Stavanger2008 event, of which the conference was a part. Special thanks go out to Helge Lunde from ICORN, and the former and the current head of Solvberget, Stavanger Cultural Center, Trond Lie and Marit Egaas, for . . .

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