Hospitality, hostility and everything in between in an era of forced displacements
Drawing on discussions in the social sciences and humanities as well as activist and artistic practices, this conference aims to bring together leading international scholars, early career researchers, postgraduate students, artists and activists to explore and share perspectives on the diverse meanings of hospitality and how it is being imagined and practiced.
Focusing on intersecting discourses that shape the understanding and practices of hospitality and its dynamic and fragile relation to hostility, we encourage contributions that explore how hospitality and hosting relationships are inflected by intersecting categories such as gender, race, faith, and sexuality. By exploring hospitality through different disciplines, methodologies and at varying scales, we aim to offer an interdisciplinary space, that can illuminate and interrogate how the interaniminations between migration, citizenship and geographies of welcome (and hostility) operate and are experienced in different national and local settings.
Confirmed keynote speakers are:
Professor Meyda Yeğenoğlu, Bilgi University, Istanbul, Sociology and Cultural studies. She is currently visiting Professor at Duke University’s Programme on Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies. She is the author of Islam, Migrancy, and Hospitality in Europe (2012) and Colonial Fantasies: Towards a Feminist Reading of Orientalism (1998) and
Dr Yasmin Gunaratnam is a Reader at the Sociology Department at Goldsmiths College, University of London. Some of her important publications include, Go Home? The Politics of Immigration Controversies (2017), Death and the Migrant (2013) and Researching Race and Ethnicity (2003).
Dr. Ioana Szeman is a reader, performance studies scholar and an ethnographer at the Department of Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies at University of Roehampton, London. Her book Staging Citizenship: Roma, Performance and Belonging in EU Romania (2018) is based on ethnographic fieldwork with urban Roma.
This conference is a part of the project Cartographies of Hospitality (funded by Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation) located at the Department of Ethnology, History of Religions and Gender Studies, Stockholm University, Sweden. Riksbankens Jubileumsfond and the Department of Ethnology at Stockholm University support the conference.
Date: 25 April 2019 - 26 April 2019
Organiser: Stockholm University