25-26 April 2019, Stockholm University, Sweden

Environmental and immigration ‘crises’ are among the most pertinent and increasingly interrelated political issues of our time. Matters and conditions of hospitality and hostility, in relation to migration and displaced people, generate significant challenges for global and local communities. Alongside the erosion of welfare settlements and economic concerns about limited national resources to support newcomers at a time of increased austerity, the “refugee crisis” has put matters of multicultural living, racism, integration and hospitality more firmly onto the political agenda of all European states. The terms “migration crisis” and "refugee crisis" have come to denote a new constellation of European border politics, animated through a diverse range of ideologies, affects, and policies. At the same time, there has been a diverse and growing activist, artistic and academic interest in the rendering of hospitality to displaced people. This has included attention to racialized hostilities, the crisis of European identity, governmentality, economies of abandonment and securitization.

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 meanings of hospitality and how it is being imagined and practiced. Focusing on intersecting discourses that shape the understanding and practicing of hospitality and its dynamic and close 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. We welcome submissions that depart from traditional academic papers as well as interdisciplinary interactions and/or the use of performance methods. Indicative themes include:

  • (Un)conditionality of hospitality
  • Hospitality and hostility
  • The gendering labour of hospitality
  • Faith-based and secular hospitalities
  • Literary and artistic hospitality
  • Whiteness and hospitality
  • Postcolonial hospitality
  • Refugee hospitable solidarity
  • Governmental hospitality and hostility
  • Hostile and hospitable media
  • Hospitable methods
  • Rescue narratives
  • Cripping hospitality- bodies and care
  • Queer migration and hospitality

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