Va Lecture

Hossein Khosrowjah

Academic Scholar, Educator
Based in Berkeley, CA
Hossein Khosrowjah on CCA Website

Va Lecture
“Aporias of Hospitality”
January 8, 2016, 10:00 IRST

Aporias of Hospitality
Hossein Khosrowjah at Va Space will talk about the ethical and cultural foundations of hospitality including the responsibilities of both the host and the guest. As the history of the 20th and the 21st centuries has been one of demographic displacement and ethnic dislocation, a philosophical examination of hospitality is foundational to understanding the intersubjective encounter with the (cultural/ethnic/national) Other. Such examination is also key to defining cosmopolitanism as one of contemporary ideologies of globalism (at least one that strives toward a more egalitarian and enlightened global community). The talk will briefly touch upon some of these ideas.


Hossein Khosrowjah is an adjunct professor at the California College of the Arts’ Visual Studies Department. His essays and reviews on a broad range of topics from film to exilic autobiography to the history of American higher education (the link between Area Studies and the security state) have been published in film, cultural and area studies journals. He is co-editor of the 2011 Arab Studies Quarterly special issue on academic freedom. His book The Singular Cinema of Abbas Kiarostami is forthcoming published through I.B. Tauris Publications in London. He holds Bachelors in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) from Boston University and (BA) Cinema Studies from SFSU. He also received an MA in Cinema Studies from SFSU and his doctorate from the University of Rochester’s Program in Visual and Cultural Studies in 2010.