Cosmopolitanism Beyond the Polis: Creative Memory Works and Reimagining the Relationship Between Xenia and Hestia

  • Ginna Brock


At the centre of the cosmopolitan impulse is the instinctive need to belong. Using the Ancient Greek pre-polis deification of the hearth (hestia), a space of connectivity, this chapter traces the understanding of self as an ever-widening progression towards belonging. Belonging is not singular, and the focus on the pre-polis Ancient Greek concept of the goddess Hestia, and her realm of the hearth, provides a foundation for understanding the multiplicity of belonging. This chapter suggests a move away from the polis-centric mentality of the ‘outsider’ to a more hestia-centric perspective of inclusion and cooperation.


Cosmopolitanism Interconnectivity Belonging Compassion Ontology 


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  • Ginna Brock
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  1. 1.University of the Sunshine CoastMaroochydoreAustralia

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