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Thinking Spaces: Francesco Paradiso
April 7, 2017 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Hospitable Offbeats: Jazz Improvisation and the Unconditional Welcome
Especially in the case of jam sessions, as events that celebrate human contact and reinvigorate our understanding of the positive effects of social interaction, improvisation relies on an opening towards alterity that manifests the aporetic tension illustrated by Jacques Derrida’s analysis of the ethics of hospitality. This paper explores the similarities between Derrida’s ethics of hospitality and jazz improvisation in jam sessions. The analysis builds on the argument that the forms of interaction occurring in jam sessions are beneficial to the definition and implementation of a form of hospitality that does not rely only on conditions but moves towards the transformative effects that the unconditional generates. In this sense, jazz improvisation and jam sessions can lead to renewed perspectives on ethics and the way we relate to others.
Francesco Paradiso works as Research Assistant and Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Wolverhampton, UK. He holds a PhD from the University of New South Wales, Australia. His research focuses on
deconstruction and the Arts, especially jazz music.
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