Seminar – 12 June – Kristin Surak

June 4th, 2018 by


Tuesday 12 June 2018

4.30–6.00 Mond Building Seminar Room

Kristin Surak


The Rhythm of Hospitality: Organizing Interaction in the Tea Room

In the Japanese tea ceremony, it is often said that host thinks
like the guest and the guest thinks like the host, such that there is no
host or guest. The phrase captures a subtle switching of roles
and, crucially, anticipations that structures the practice and smoothes
the flow of what may otherwise seem a very stilted ritual. This
presentation focuses on how rhythm – as both cadence and overall
flow – facilitates the alignment of action in the tea room, while
ruptures in the pulse of movement demand accounts and new forms of
meaning-making. The result is a form of collective connoisseurship,
enacted by the host and guest, and organized through rhythm.