Hospitality in the hands of who?
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This chapter introduces hospitality as something fluid–not something rigid and settled that belongs to one part only, but a hospitality that interchanges. Hospitality is conceptually linked to ethics and ultimately appears as an ethical demand in one form or another–‘ethics-as-hospitality’. Even someone who seemingly has nothing to give, nothing to offer a guest, may act in such ways that others experience the encounter of a hospitality unlike anything experienced before. When the calling, and thus hospitality, is turned upside down, it becomes fluid. In Kirkenes, it was at the borderspace that happened to become a space of specific encounters, the disruptions, that the fluid hospitality was found. Some people claim that there is something called northern Norwegian hospitality. The chapter explores the narratives and statements on experienced hospitality using phenomenological concepts. These concepts are linked to philosophy, ethics, and theology.