Hospitality and the ethico-political

Collective gestures for welcoming others – critique and possibilities


  • Miranda Imperial University of Cambridge


hospitality, ethics, politics, Volem Acollir social platform, migrant crisis


What is hospitality? Who is it addressed to? Hospitality aims at welcoming those who arrive; it demands giving space and time and sharing our own resources with others. In view of the current global migration crisis and in the midst of the social debates and a critique of the failure of affluent countries and Western democracies to respond in solidarity to those in need, this article attempts to re-consider the space for hospitality drawing from the ethical and the political as the two fundamental pillars of social architecture. In an effort to discuss collective grassroots reactions to this general lack of hospitality, I address the Catalan social platform Volem Acollir (2017) in their request to the state to open up the borders for the reception of a larger number of migrants. Far from being an individual choice, or an optional political decision, hospitality confronts us with the moral dilemma of the human response to our cultural others.

How to Cite

Imperial, M. (2020). Hospitality and the ethico-political: Collective gestures for welcoming others – critique and possibilities. Approaching Religion, 10(2), 171–86.