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Public Lecture: Hospitality and Occupation

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When:

  • Tue 12 Nov ’13, 5:30pm – 6:30pm

Where:

University of Waikato, Knighton Road, Hamilton

Restrictions:

All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission

Professor Alison Phipps, OBE, is from the University of Glasgow where she is Professor of Languages and Intercultural Studies, and Co-Convener of Glasgow Refugee, Asylum and Migration Network.

Venue: SG.02, The University of Waikato, Gate 1, Knighton Rd, Hamilton.

The arrival of visitors is an important moment for people of many cultures.

Custom dictates they be welcomed and fed, often with the best offerings available. Failure to provide the appropriate level of hospitality can be seen as an unforgivable slight on the host and an insult to the visitor.

This traditional view of hospitality has changed markedly over time and those changes - and the implications of them - will be the subject of a public lecture by visiting British academic Professor Alison Phipps at the University of Waikato on 12 November. She says the lecture will be “taking a fresh look at giving and receiving hospitality in the 21st Century, in a rapidly changing world”.

Prof Phipps has spent years researching both the giving and receiving of hospitality, in particular how it works in situations where people are living under occupation, such as in Syria and Palestine, with refugees and asylum seekers in Glasgow, and also within the Occupy movement, the worldwide protest movement against social and economic inequality.

Whereas the Occupy movement freely chose to operate outside the market economy, that was not the case in occupied territories.

“They are under occupation, so what’s similar and different?”

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