Reading Derrida in Tehran: Between an Open Door and an Empty Sofreh
AbstractWe can only begin to grasp hospitality as we enact it and yet, in the moment of enactment, hospitality eludes us. In this paper I look at the enactment of hospitality in the relationship between Iranian citizen-hosts and Afghan refugee-guests in the Islamic Republic of Iran, in order to reflect more broadly on questions of Derridean hospitality. Moving between the theoretical and the ethnographic, I forcefully bring to bear on a situation of protracted refugee displacement, a notion of hospitality that has, to a large extent, remained abstract and unanchored. The scalar shifts between the domestic and the national (so integral to Derrida’s theorising of the hospitable), are here reproduced in an examination of Iranian hospitality that simultaneously considers the juridical framework of asylum in the Islamic Republic and the domestic or homely expression of welcome, that occurs in the ushering of the guest over the threshold and the sharing of food around the sofreh. View Full-Text
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Yarbakhsh, E. Reading Derrida in Tehran: Between an Open Door and an Empty Sofreh. Humanities 2018, 7, 21.
Yarbakhsh E. Reading Derrida in Tehran: Between an Open Door and an Empty Sofreh. Humanities. 2018; 7(1):21.Chicago/Turabian Style
Yarbakhsh, Elisabeth. 2018. "Reading Derrida in Tehran: Between an Open Door and an Empty Sofreh." Humanities 7, no. 1: 21.
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