Accommodating strangers?

Accommodating strangers? Home, Belonging and the Politics of (In)hospitality

Call for papers

Thursday 15 December 2011

Royal Holloway, University of London, Bedford Square, 2 Gower Street, London, WC1E 6DP

Once cast in the 1970s and 1980s as the epitome of individual freedom, a place liberated and isolated from fear and anxiety, the home has been re-conceptualised by social scientists as a deeply political space where the personal relations it plays host to transect public worlds. With ideas of the domestic applicable across scales from the house, neighbourhood, city to nation, this workshop explores home as the meeting place and metaphorical gateway of ‘guest’ /‘host’ interactions in the modern world. The interdisciplinary event hones in on domestic practices of (in)hospitality that shape, and are shaped by, contemporary (geo)-political processes of, amongst others, conflict, asylum and mobility.

Call for papers:
Abstracts of 150 words are welcomed from scholars of PhD level and higher, although it should be noted that due to the nature of the event, there will only be a limited number of presentation sessions.
Contact: To express interest in the workshop/series or submit an abstract contact: Katherine Brickell (

Closing date: Friday, 14 October 2011.


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