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Cultures of hospitality
Cultures of hospitality - Dialogue - Theodoros Penolidis and Eva Laquieze-Waniek © Grant Eaton
Hospitality manifests itself in acts of giving.

As the philosopher Jacques Derrida has shown, hospitality in cultures such as the Greek or Islamic cultures is characterized by its unconditional nature. Still, it is the convention in most cultures that guests show their gratitude by bringing gifts. Hospitality therefore is marked by a kind of tension: its intrinsic unconditionality on the one hand, the expectation of a gift in return, the adherence to norms and the respect for the boundaries of hospitality on the other hand. What is the significance of hospitality in light of the current refugee crisis? What cultural differences are there in practicing hospitality?