Hospitality is a multifaceted concept that has been received by, and worked into, various academic realms and disciplines, such as philosophy, politics, anthropology, aesthetics, ethics, and translation studies. The essays collected in this volume, by a wide range of international contributors, examine how, in the wake of the work of Levinas and the late Derrida, this concept has entered into and transformed the thinking of these disciplines.
Thomas Claviez is Professor of Literary Theory at the University of Bern. He is the author of Grenzfalle: Mythos- Ideologie- American Studies (1998) and Aesthetics and Ethics: Otherness and Moral Imagination from Aristotle to Levinas and from "Uncle Tom's Cabin" to "House Made of Dawn" (2008). He has published essays on pragmatism, ecology, American studies, American literature, ethics and aesthetics, and Native American literature. He is the editor of The Conditions of Hospitality: Ethics, Politics, and Aesthetics on the Threshold of the Possible (2013); the co- author of Zur Aktualitat von Jacques Ranciere (forthcoming 2015, with Dietmar Wetzel); and he is currently working on a monograph with the title The Metonymic Society: Toward a New Poetics of Community.