This session discusses hospitality and cosmopolitanism that addresses literatures in a transnational context. Issues of hospitality are related to ideas of cultural learning, exchange, as well as contrarily, discomfort and hostility.
The ethics of Hospitality is embedded with the politics of national and foreign diplomacy in Immanuel Kant’s Perpetual Peace Treaty (1798) in which he puts forth the hypothesis that the extension of this action is not of one related to philanthropy, but of one related to right. Jacques Derrida further defines this ‘right’ proposed by Kant as one ‘in relation to citizenship, the state, the subject of the state’ going so far as to declare that it is an ‘international right’ (Derrida 3).
Special Session Proposal MLA 2012 Annual Meeting Seattle Jan 5-8
Chinese University of Hong Kong
Shatin New Territories
Hong Kong S.A.R. Email: mlam@cuhk..edu.hk
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