We should also discuss quality of life

The Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte keeps tellings us: what we do or don’t do in our care system is fully motivated by safety reasons from beginning to end: ‘It is better to be safe than sorry.’ Then again, is safety the only valid criterion left when discussing what care should look like in times of Corona? Haven’t we got anything better?

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Reflections on ‘Sorry we missed you’

Film director Ken Loach builds a strong case against the human cost of the gig-economy in his latest movie Sorry we missed you. It is also a thoroughly political film, about things we regard as ordinary, not seeing what is just in front of our eyes. It shows the essential vulnerability of human experience. The political nature of care ethics is paramount.

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A bit of Japan in Osnabrück

Kari Tsushima (Kyoto,Japan) will present: A Precarity of Need Interpretation for Dependency Workers in Japan. Her presentation includes ‘Dependency Work and Transparent Self’ by Eva Feder Kittay; the Payment Gap between workers and volunteers; and the Japanese Welfare Reform in 1990s. She will address these topics through Need interpretation by Nancy Fraser, the five care phases by Joan Tronto and Precarity by Judith Butler.

More informatiom can be obtained from Mrs Jorma Heier (see below for contact details).