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Will Buckingham: Hello, Stranger: How We Find Connection in a Disconnected World - Part of Derby Book Festival

25th May 2022 £7

Hello, Stranger asks: how do we set aside our instinctive xenophobia - fear of outsiders - and embrace our equally natural philoxenia - love of strangers and newness?

What if the people we meet were not a problem, but a gift?

We navigate our interactions with strangers according to a host of unwritten rules, rituals and (sometimes awkward) attempts at politeness.

When philosopher and traveller Will Buckingham's partner died, he sought solace in throwing open the door to new people. Now, as we reflect on our experiences of the pandemic and its enforced separations, and as global migration figures ever more prominently in our collective future, Will Buckingham includes stories of loneliness, exile and friendship from classical times to the modern day, and alights in adapting communities from Birmingham to Myanmar. Will brings together insights from philosophy, anthropology, history and literature to explore how our traditions of meeting the other can mitigate the issues of our time.

2.30-3.30pm.