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LECTURE SERIES DYING INTO DANCE: TAKING REFUGE, TALKING REFUGE AND THE LIMITS OF HOSPITALITY PROFESSOR ALISON PHIPPS 8 FEBRUARY 2017 | 1PM-2PM KEELE HALL | THE SALVIN ROOM a dance between a myth of scarcity and a practice of abundance The present political crisis over refugees, race and language in Europe, Australia and the U.S. has sharpened the focus on the philosophical question of what it means to exist as a refugee, and what it means to give and receive refuge. It is one of the grand challenges of the day in these contexts and yet, in other areas of the world, the practice of refugee integration and hospitality is a far less crisis-driven and ordinary affair. At the heart of these questions of refuge, which have been asked acutely at other times in history, is the question of sufficiency – a dance between a myth of scarcity and a practice of abundance. Alison Phipps is Professor of Languages and Intercultural Studies at the University of Glasgow, Co-convenor of the Glasgow Refugee, Asylum and Migration Network (GRAMNET) and UNESCO Chair in Refugee Integration through Languages and the Arts. 7