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Intercultural encounters as hospitality. An interview with Richard Kearney


  • Breffni O’Rourke Trinity College Dublin



intercultural communication; conflict resolution; personal stories; hospitality; continental philosophy


Originally from Cork, Ireland, Richard Kearney is Charles B. Seelig Professor in Philosophy at Boston College. Among his many books, three titles in particular are representative of the themes discussed in this interview: Hosting the stranger (Continuum, 2011, co-edited with James Taylor); On stories (Routledge, 2002); and Strangers, gods, and monsters: interpreting otherness (Routledge, 2003). What will be of most immediate interest to readers of the Journal of Virtual Exchange is the Guestbook Project, which Kearney founded in 2009. Guestbook is an online experiment in conflict resolution through sharing stories across borders. The interview took place on the 10th of March 2018 in Dublin, where Professor Kearney was speaking at a conference and launching his new book with Sheila Gallagher, Twinsome Minds: An act of double remembrance (Cork University Press, 2017). This is an edited transcript of the conversation.





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