Fataneh Farahani

Associate prof. Stockholm University Humanities Year of admission: 2015

What are the conditions of hospitality?
The refugee crisis is one of the most significant civil rights issues of our time. Wallenberg Academy Fellow Fataneh Farahani will compare the work with asylum seekers and migrants, and investigate the political, philosophical and cultural aspects of hospitality in three multicultural cities: London, Stockholm and Sydney.

People flee from war, poverty, political persecution and climate changes. Global migration faces us with national and global challenges and existential crisis. Is it a country’s moral responsibility to welcome refugees? What ideological, political and social functions does hospitality fulfil? Who qualifies for acceptance as a citizen and who is disclaimed a non-citizen? How is hospitality shaped by gender, age, ethnicity and class? These are some of the questions that Associate Professor Fataneh Farahani at Stockholm University addresses in her new study. 

Fataneh Farahani will study the power relationship between “host” and “guest” and map how “hospitality” is shaped and practiced in three multicultural cities: London, Stockholm and Sydney. She will conduct close studies of civil social organizations that work with asylum seekers and paperless migrants, such as The No One is Illegal Network (In Swedish: Ingen människa är illegal)

As a Wallenberg Academy Fellow, Fataneh Farahani wants to establish a Resource Centre for Displacement and Hospitality. This interdisciplinary centre will connect scientists from various fields of knowledge, together with dissemination to various channels. The project will provide knowledge that is important in social debates about immigration, integration and diversity.


Photo: Markus Marcetic