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080092 SE Hospitality and Ethnography in Austria (2010W)

Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 30 participants
Language: German, English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Wednesday 13.10. 11:00 - 12:30 Seminarraum 1 (2.Stock, rechts) EE Hanuschgasse
Saturday 30.10. 10:00 - 18:30 Seminarraum 2 (4.Stock) EE Hanuschgasse
Saturday 04.12. 10:00 - 18:30 Seminarraum 2 (4.Stock) EE Hanuschgasse
Saturday 15.01. 10:00 - 18:30 Seminarraum 2 (4.Stock) EE Hanuschgasse


Aims, contents and method of the course

Hospitality is an ancient tradition in many societies and cultures, more revered in some than in others. This value has also moral centrality in some religions and is seen associated with the compassionate treatment of strangers. Practices of hospitality reflect historically differing ideas and notions of and the everyday relationship with the stranger. They encompass an understanding of solidarity, of proximity and distance, private and public, inclusion and exclusion, and they relate to the basic rules of social interaction in a given society.
The course aims at studying the various facets of hospitality in Austria and the Middle East by exploring culturally constructed meanings of hospitality rituals in countries of both geographical regions and by examining symbolic performances of hospitality between hosts and guests. The exploration of hospitality in a variety of countries will also be linked to the construction of ethnic identity and the self. (together with Prof. Mohammed Shunnaq, Yarmouk University, Jordan)

Assessment and permitted materials

Der Leistungsnachweis kann durch die Entwicklung, Durchführung und Präsentation eines eigenen kleinen Forschungsprojekts zum Thema erlangt werden. Selbstverständlich werden regelmäßige Teilnahme und die aktive Beteiligung an den Diskussionen erwartet

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Introduction to anthropology of hospitality, application of theoretical concepts to empirical findings.

Examination topics

Students will plan, design and conduct field research and present their findings.

Reading list

The readings for the course will be available in the library of the department of European ethnology.

Association in the course directory

510, 550,

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