Xenia —hospitality—is at the core of Homer’s seemingly timeless epic, recounting Odysseus’s return from a battle-worn Troy to his home in Ithaca during the distant mythical Bronze Age of the twelfth century. 1 Driving this Odyssey , one of
A Timeless Measure of Who We Are?
Dervish Lodges and Sofra-Diplomacy in Post-War Bosnia-Herzegovina
honoured guests. He was offered hot and cold drinks and a snack made of biscuits and fruits. The refreshments were served on the sofra 1 that had been spread between him and the sheikh. This gesture of hospitality, bringing the boy and the sheikh to the
A New Concept for Residents of Viengxay, Laos
Recently, small numbers of independent tourists and small groups have begun to visit the remote and poor region of Viengxay in northern Laos. This article is based on focus-group interviews and on-site observation in thirteen villages in Viengxay, intended to explore the perceptions and expectations of locals regarding their roles as hosts in this emerging tourism context. It discusses the ways in which locals are developing attitudes and practices of hospitality towards tourists. These practices are emerging under the influence of factors such as native cultural traditions, individual and communal expectations and attitudes towards tourism, as well as historical factors arising from the area's history of war and political isolation. Although locals intuitively treat tourists according to their society's 'traditional' treatment of guests, this treatment is also modified to reflect an appreciation that tourists are a specific type of guest for which the rules of hospitality may need to be reinterpreted. Locals' perceptions of tourists and behaviour in their relations with tourists are evolving as a result of growing contact between locals and tourists and the concomitantly changing expectations from and understanding of the tourism industry. This article articulates common themes for conceptualising the ways in which hospitality practices in the Viengxay villages are emerging from interaction and conflict of these various aspects.
Ivi Daskalaki and Nadina Leivaditi
seen in Greek society as a transit “guest” in an extremely vulnerable state, but rather as a potential permanent resident, “hospitality” rather than “solidarity” re-emerges as a prevailing form of engagement with refugees within the overarching
Derrida’s hostipitalité formulation provides a framework through which we might begin to explore the relationship between Iranian citizen-hosts and Afghan refugee-guests in the city of Shiraz and the surrounding province. Notions of Iranian hospitality thread through multiple and diverse constructions of Iranian selfhood. Religion, poetry and history speak to what it means to be Iranian, marking out categories of Self and Other and, in doing so, exposing the limits of hospitality in the very spaces that the nation is most acutely felt.
Engaging with the Politics of Care and Refugees’ Dwelling Practices in the Italian Urban Context
Camillo Boano and Giovanna Astolfo
hospitality and welcoming ( Berg and Fiddian-Qasmiyeh 2018 ; Gill 2018 ), focusing on the Italian urban context. Following the invitation made explicit by Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh (2016: n.p.) to “actively explore the potential to support the development, and
“Cultural Orientations” and “Contextual Protection”
What is hospitality? The answer is not as straightforward as the phrase “Refugees Welcome” implies, displayed on banners across European cities by local populations asserting our common humanity in defiance of national boundaries in the wake
Humanitarian House Visits, Performative Refugeehood, and Social Control of Syrians in Jordan
recollections back home are as important as their physical presence in Mafraq. In this article, I resort to the hospitality paradigm to examine how Syrian refugees in Mafraq, Jordan are subjected to new forms of humanitarian governance through VIVA’s practice
Encountering Hospitality and Hostility
Mette Louise Berg and Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh
materialities, beliefs and desires, and sociocultural and political systems. In this inaugural issue of Migration and Society , we reflect on the complex and often contradictory nature of such encounters by focusing on diverse dynamics of hospitality and
Hospitality and the Categorical Imperative of LGBTQ Asylum Seeking in Lebanon and Turkey
Jacques Derrida asks, “How can we distinguish between a guest and a parasite? In principle, the difference is straightforward, but for that you need a law; hospitality … has to be submitted to a basic and limiting jurisdiction” (2000: 59). However