Revisiting Hospitality: Opening doors beyond Derrida towards Nancy’s Inoperativity

Tataryn, Anastasia ORCID: 0000-0001-5870-4877
(2013) Revisiting Hospitality: Opening doors beyond Derrida towards Nancy’s Inoperativity. Law Text Culture, 17. pp. 187-213.

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This article explores issues of migrant labour and exclusion through the lens of Jacques Derrida’s hospitality. Developing the concept of hospitality as an analytical and ethical question, this paper suggests some limits of hospitality when applied to issues of migration and labour, to offer an account of inoperative hospitality. This term draws on Jean-Luc Nancy’s discussions of inoperative community. Inoperative hospitality involves us asking the question of how to make sense of home-as- homelessness, or in other words, how to grapple with our need for a limit while at the same time our knowledge that this limit will never sufficiently encompass what we aim to address. Home, and homelessness is constituted in multiple instances and multiple ways. Rather than the traditional notion of home being the territorial belonging, or the physical house or structure, the challenge is to consider how home is an infinite plurality of singular instances of home; the encounter at the threshold of intimacy and foreignness. Such a conceptualisation of home opens the possibility of inoperative hospitality, where our encounters are conditioned by the plurality of situations happening and experienced, rather than dictated through recognisable labels and frameworks.

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