Call for proposals for Re-Membering Hospitality in the Mediterranean – International Conference – Université Toulouse Jean Jaurès – March 26-27, 2020 Convened by Yasser Elhariry, Isabelle Keller-Privat, Edwige Tamalet Talbayev

Attention : Date limite de candidature le 15 septembre

Abstracts (300 words) are due by September 15, 2019 to Yasser Elhariry (yasser.elhariry@dartmouth.edu), Isabelle Keller-Privat (isa.kellerprivat@gmail.com), and Edwige Tamalet Talbayev (etamalet@tulane.edu).

Contributors will be notified of acceptance by September 30, 2019.

A selection of papers will be published in an edited volume in the wake of the conference.

Hospitality is a complex, paradoxical concept whose etymology foregrounds an aporia. Derived from hostis, the foreigner and potential enemy, the hospes or host welcomes the guest, implying an intricate relationship between receiver and received, insider and outsider, as well as a compensatory relation since both hospes and hostis derive from the Latin verb hostire: “to treat as equal,” “to compensate,” “to pay back” (Grassi 35). The foreigner shifts from the position of an endangered, alienated subject to one who is included within the protective folds of the polis and the home. In welcoming the other, the host not only shares his home and power, but also entitles the guest (if only temporarily) to his own power as despot—etymologically, “the master of the house who lays down the laws of hospitality” (Derrida 149)—while reasserting his own domination. As a result, the commutative essence of the relationship between host and guest—whereby, as René Schérer argues, the host “acknowledges, through and thanks to the figure of the guest, his own exilic self” (40)—is perpetually jeopardized. In Claude Raffestin’s formulation, “hospitality is a right that warrants the transgression of limits without entailing violence” (166; qtd. Grassi 23).

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