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the guestbook project

Founded in 2008 by philosopher Richard Kearney and others, and sponsored by Boston College, the Guestbook Project is an ongoing artistic, academic, and multi-media experiment in hospitality. The project’s core themes are the relationship between host and stranger; violence and reconciliation; the citizen and the alien. The aim of the project is to welcome the stranger as guest through a scholarly and philosophical investigation of hospitality through text, performance, film and the digital arts

The Guestbook Project consists of the following components:

  1. Interdisciplinary International Seminar directed by Richard Kearney  (Boston College-MIT-Georgetown-Derry-Bangadore-Mitrovica-Jerusalem-Dubrovnik) (2009-2013)
  2. Interreligious Cconference, titled 'Hosting the Stranger: Between Religions' (Boston College, 2009)
  3. Philosophy Conference, titled 'Phenomologies of the Stranger’ (Boston College, 2009)
  4. International Poetry festival, titled 'Poetries of the Strangers'
    (Boston College, 2009)
  5. Concert, titled ‘Songs of the Sacred Welcome’ (Boston College, 2009)
  6. Eleven International Guestbook events on hospitality/hostility (Bangalore, Mitrovica, Derry, Glenstal Abbey, Skellig Islands, New York City, Jerusalem, Detroit, Georgetown, Mexican Border, Dokto Islands (2009-2013)
  7. Ten documentary films based on the international events (2009-2013)
  8. Two book publications, titled Phenomologies of the Stranger: Between Hostility and Hospitality,  ed. Richard Kearney and Kascha Semonovitch (Fordham University Press, 2011) and Hosting the Stranger: Between Religions,  ed Richard Kearney and James Taylor (Continuum Press, 2011)
  9. Two special journal issues, New Arcadia Review, ed Tom Epstein (2010)  and Religion and the Arts,  ed Chris Yates (2011)
  10. Online interactive Web site directed by Murray Littlejohn
    10) Boston College-Georgetown Intervarsity Seminar on Hospitality Across the Divide (Richard Kearney, Sheila Gallagher, Robert Savage, Fanny Howe), 2012.
  11. Murray Littlejohn website and blog etc. 2013-014.
  12. Guestbook International Prize 'Exchanging Stories -Changing Histories' 2014-2015.
  13. Boston College Guestbook Seminar on 'Narrative Imagination' (Richard Kearney, Sheila Gallagher, Robert Savage), 2015