Dr. Benjamin Boudou

Dr. Benjamin Boudou

Political Science

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Benjamin Boudou holds a PhD in political science from the Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po) in Paris. His first book, Hospitality Politics: A Conceptual Genealogy, explores different historical mobilizations of hospitality to show how it has been defined for political purposes, and why public discourse is still oscillating between moral and political concepts when it comes to border politics.

He worked as a lecturer in political theory at Sciences Po and as a postdoctoral researcher at the Center for International Studies (CERI). He spent a year as a Fox Fellow at Yale University, and earned a postdoctoral visiting fellowship at KU-Leuven (RIPPLE Centre). He is the editor-in-chief of Raisons Politiques, a French peer-reviewed journal of political theory.

His current research focuses on contemporary political theories of immigration and methodological nationalism, especially how the principle of affected interests (or all-affected principle) can be a normative and practical resource to democratize the access to political communities. In his forthcoming book, The Boundary Dilemma, he retraces the origins of the principle, reconstructs the conflicting arguments made in the academic and public sphere about immigration rights, and broadens the realist theory of non-domination by applying it to the issue of migration. The general goal is to argue for a democratic definition of participation based on the responsiveness to interests and to give a more legal and institutional content to the principle of affected interests. 



[2018] Le dilemme des frontières: éthique et politique de l’immigration [The dilemma of borders: Ethics and politics of immigration], Paris, Editions de l’EHESS.

[2017] Politique de l’hospitalité: une généalogie conceptuelle [Politics of hospitality: A conceptual genealogy]. Paris: CNRS Editions.  

Guest-edited Special Issues in Peer-reviewed Journals

[2015] (Ed.) Hospitality Now (!) [Special Issue]. Hospitality and Society, 5(2-3).

Articles in Refereed Journals

[2016] A quoi sert la théorie politique?  [What is the use of political theory?]. Raisons politiques, 64.

[2016] A l’épreuve de l’altérité radicale : une expérience de pensée [Facing Radical Alterity: A Thought Experiment]. Le Philosophoire, 46.

[2016] Au nom de l’hospitalité : les enjeux d’une rhétorique morale en politique [In the Name of Hospitality: The Uses of a Moral Rhetoric in Politics]. Cités, 68.

[2015] The wager of political hospitality. Hospitality and Society, 5(2-3).

[2013] Enemies, Hosts, and Foreigners: Inquiry on the Greek and Roman Political Identities. Mots. Les langages du politique, 101.

[2012] A Political Anthropology of Hospitality. La Revue du M.A.U.S.S., 40 [translated in English by the National Center of Books].

[2012] Across Politics: Derrida and Ricoeur between the Purity of Philosophy and the Tragic Dimension of Action. Raisons politiques, 45 [translated in English by the National Center of Books].

Articles in Edited Volumes

[2019] Hospitality in sanctuary cities, in S. Meagher, R. Sundstrom (eds), The Routledge Handbook on Philosophy of the City, Routledge (forthcoming). 

[2018] Étranger : la constitution progressive d’une catégorie juridique et statistique [Foreigner: the slow construction of a juridical and statistical category], in L. Calabrese (dir.), Penser les mots, dire la migration. Louvain-la-Neuve: Academia, pp. 91-97. 

[2018] (with A. v. Busekist) Language proficiency and migration: an argument against testing. In M. Gazzola, T. Templin, & B.-A. Wickström (Eds.), Language Policy and Linguistic Justice: Economic, Philosophical and Sociolinguistic Approaches. Heidelberg: Springer, pp. 189-208.

[2014] The Crisis of Truth as a Democratic Condition. In Y. Couture (Ed.), Democracy between Institution and Critique. Rennes: Rennes University Press.

[2014] A Place for New Entities: Bruno Latour’s Hospitality. In C. Tollis et al. (Ed.), The Latour Effect: Its Modes of Existence in Doctoral Works. Paris: Glyphe.

Handbooks/encyclopedias/dictionaries entries

[forthcoming 2018] Seyla Benhabib. In P. Savidan (Ed.), Dictionnaire des inégalités et de la justice social [Dictionary of inequalities and social justice]. Paris: France University Press.

[forthcoming 2018] Amitié [Friendship], Xénophobie [Xenophobia], Charité [Charity], Hospitalité [Hospitality]. In G. Origgi (Ed.), Dictionnaire des passions sociales [Dictionary of social passions]. Paris: France University. 

[2014] Nationalisme méthodologique [Methodological Nationalism] ; Etranger [Foreigner]. In P. Mbongo et al. (Eds.), Dictionnaire encyclopédique de l’Etat [Encyclopedic Dictionary of the State]. Paris: Berger-Levrault.

Other publications

[2018] De la ville-refuge aux sanctuary cities: l’idéal de la ville comme territoire d’hospitalité [From the city of refuge to sanctuary cities: The ideal of the city as a hospitable territory], Sens Dessous, vol. 21, p. 83-89.

[2018] La durée des frontières [The duration of borders], Esprit, July-August, p. 113-121.

[2018] The solidarity offense in France: Égalité, Fraternité, Solidarité!, Verfassungsblog: On matters constitutional, online publication

[2018] Y a-t-il des frontières légitimes?  [Are there legitimate boundaries], AOC, online publication

[2017] Hospitality as a political virtue, in G. G. David (ed.), Nous sommes ici/We are here, Musée des civilisations et de la Méditerranée / Museo d’Arte Contemporanea di Sicilia, p. 128-130