Xenia: Refugees, Displaced Persons and Reciprocity
What has happened to our culture today that strangers to our shores are not welcomed, not given the protection of our laws and the warmth of our hospitality. What has happened to civilization? Refugees, displaced persons and desperate would-be migrants are treated as creatures of no consequence, no interests and no rights. Great Britain, a nation built on migration: Celts, Saxons, Danes, Romans, Normans, Huguenots, Jews, West Indians, Asians from India, Pakistan, Ceylon (Sri Lanka) Singapore and so many others has turned its back on contemporary strangers and on ancient values. To understand this tragedy and both the origins and possible solutions to its disastrous effects, we need to start in the bronze age, nearly three thousand years ago, with one of the most complex and human of humans ever imagined, Odysseus of Ithaca.
Date: 7 March 2019, 17:30 (Thursday, 8th week, Hilary 2019)
Venue: Oxford Martin School, 34 Broad Street OX1 3BD
Venue Details: Seminar Room 1
Speaker: Professor John Harris (University of Manchester)
Organising department: Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics
Organiser: Professor Julian Savulescu (Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics)
Organiser contact email address: rachel.gaminiratne@philosophy.ox.ac.uk
Booking required?: Required
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Audience: Public
Editor: Rachel Gaminiratne