Alterity Between Philosophy and Anthropology
Prof Ghassan Hage (University of Melbourne)

April 6, 2016, 2:00pm - 3:30pm
RMIT University

Room 9.3.4A
Building 9, RMIT University
Melbourne 3001


Simone Gustafsson
University of Melbourne
Rebecca Hill
RMIT University
Helen Ngo
Deakin University

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Philosophies of Difference Seminar #4:
"Alterity Between Philosophy and Anthropology" (Prof. Ghassan Hage)

6pm, Wednesday 6th April 2016


Philosophical and psychoanalytic conceptions of the other circulate freely in the social sciences often to denote a cultural other. This presentation begins a reflection on the often neglected difficulties that arise from this circulation, exploring figures of otherness in the phenomenological tradition as well as in Derrida and Levinas. I will examine the analytical, political, and ethical mobilisations of the philosophical ‘other’ in the analysis and the politics and ethics of hospitality generated by the movements of asylum seekers.


Ghassan Hage is a Professor of Anthropology and Social Theory at The University of Melbourne. He works in the areas of comparative nationalism, racism, and multiculturalism, as well as critical anthropology and the work of Pierre Bourdieu. He is the author of numerous publications, including White Nation: Fantasies of White Supremacy in a Multicultural Society, and most recently Alter-Politics: Critical Anthropology and the Radical Imagination. He is currently working on a book on racism and the environmental crisis entitled Are Racists Responsible for Global Warming?, forthcoming with Polity Press.



Building 9, Room 9.3.4A

RMIT City Campus (cnr Bowen & Franklin)


Wednesday, 6th April

6pm – 7:30pm



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