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Reminder | WTMC PhD Workshop "Care", 1-3 April 2020, Conference center Soeterbeeck, Deursen-Dennenburg, NL | Please register by 15 January!

                WTMC PhD Workshop
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<br>Care as Concept, Method,
<br>Ethic
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<br>1 - 3 April 2020
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<br>Location:
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<br>Study and Conference Centre Soeterbeeck
<br>Elleboogstraat 2
<br>NL-5352 LP Deursen-Dennenburg
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<br>The Netherlands
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<br>While STS has a long tradition of studying 'care' as an object of research, of
<br>talking about care, recent approaches challenge the conventional readings and
<br>uses of 'care'. For example, Joan Tronto proposes to "explore its significance
<br>as an ethical and political obligation for thinking in the more than human
<br>worlds of technoscience and natureculture" in her endorsement for Matters of
<br>Care. For while STS has profoundly questioned the categories of
<br>human/non-human, nature/culture, it has so far largely failed or refused to
<br>take this questioning and its consequences onto itself: while our objects of
<br>study have become hybrid and messy, STS still seems to assume " that our own
<br>research is not directly related to these more than human worlds it is
<br>situated in" (Jerak-Zuiderent, 2018, p. 56).
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<br>In this workshop, we will engage with care as proposed by the ground-breaking
<br>writing of Haraway, Puig de la Bellacasa, Tsing, and Nading and others. This
<br>work aimed to explore the possibilities of care in/with our multispecied and
<br>diverse world. Here, care is about the responsibilities of STS researchers to
<br>attend to the (often invisible) labour that gets us through the day, to
<br>articulate the work it takes to live in this world as well as possible - and
<br>to do research as well as possible. Care is also about an ethic that contrasts
<br>with engagement with matters of fact or matters of concern. Can care further
<br>help us explore how human-machine associations (machine-learning, care-robots,
<br>tracking devices) tend to train us to leave unquestioned the human care-work?
<br>Can attention to care help clarify the risks we run, if care is rendered
<br>useless or largely transformed into data for others? In addition, the workshop
<br>will address how to re-engage with affect: is care an alternative to critical
<br>distance between ourselves and those we study? Engaging with care is thus not
<br>only about revealing invisible care-work beyond situations we are used to
<br>associate with care, but also about generating care by pausing over these
<br>engagements. It is also about exploring the epistemic potential of "the
<br>affective, ethical and hands-on agencies of practical and material
<br>consequence" (Puig de la Bellacasa, 2017, p. 4). We will look at what it means
<br>to move from thinking and writing about care, to (critically) thinking and
<br>doing with care.
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<br>Guest lecturers: Israel Rodrguez
<br>Giralt (UO de
<br>Catalunia), Iris Wallenburg (EUR),
<br>Christian Ernsten (UM), and
<br>Esha Shah (WUR).
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<br>The workshop is residential. It starts on April 1st at 10.30 AM and ends on
<br>April 3rd at 4 PM.
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<br>The registration form for this workshop is now available
<br>here.
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<br>Please register by 15 January 2020!
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<br>After their acceptance, participants will receive an email with an invoice and
<br>online-payment request and receipt.
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<br>To participate, you must pay the fee via the online payment request.
<br>Registration to the workshop is final after the advance payment has been
<br>received by WTMC.
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<br>Costs for WTMC members: meals 10 EUR /day.
<br>Costs for everyone else: 695 EUR, including fee, accommodation and meals.
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<br>If you have any content-related questions regarding this workshop, please feel
<br>free to contact the training coordinators Anne Beaulieu: j.a.beaulieu@rug.nl
<br>or Bernike Pasveer: b.pasveer@maastrichtuniversity.nl
<br>For practical questions please contact Elize Schiweck: e.schiweck@utwente.nl
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<br>References:
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<br>Jerak-Zuiderent, Sonja (2018), Review of Matters of Care. Science & Technology
<br>Studies, 31(2), 55-58.
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<br>Haraway, Donna (2015). Anthropocene, capitalocene, plantationocene,
<br>chthulucene: making kin. Environmental Humanities 6, 159-165.
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<br>Puig de la Bellacasa, Maria (2017). Matters of Care: Speculative Ethics in
<br>More Than Human Worlds. University of Minnesota Press.
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<br>Nading, Alex (2014). Mosquito Trails. Ecology, Health, and the Politics of
<br>Entanglement. Oakland, CA: University of California Press.
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<br>Tsing, Anna (2015). The Mushroom at the End of the World: On the Possibility
<br>of Life in Capitalist Ruins. Princeton University Press.
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