Theme meetings Disability Studies and Care Ethics

maandag, 20 juni, 2016 - 14:00 - 17:00
dinsdag, 21 juni, 2016 - 14:00 - 17:00

On the 20th and 21st of June, 2016, the Care Ethics Group of  the University of Humanistic Studies will organise and host two special Graduate School Research Network Care Ethics days (formerly known as CCC) on Disability and Care Ethics, which will be free to everyone who would like to attend. The title of these days is:

A critical companionship? The relation between Disability Studies and Care Ethics in the context of Humanization research.


If humanization can be defined in a general sense as ‘cultivating the right conditions for personal meanings of life, within equitable institutions and in a sustainable world society (Nussbaum 2006), then research geared towards humanization is not simply restricted to theoretical reflection and clarification, but also aspires to making a practical contribution to fostering specific humanization  processes in diverse practical contexts.

Both Disability Studies and Care Ethics can be conceived of as critical enterprises with much in common, whereby the ‘critical’ in ‘critical enterprise’ entails that the accounts, the representations of what is for example depicted as ‘humane’ and as ‘caring’ have to be seen through specific (trans-disciplinary) lenses. Both Disability studies and Care Ethics have the potential to inform us about why and how what might be conceived of as ‘good’ or ‘humane’ emerges, and under what conditions (cf. Pols, 2013; Klaver et al, 2014).


The theme of this month’s GS theme days is: care ethics, disability (studies) and humanization: a critical companionship. Given the fact that Disability Studies (DS) and Care Ethics (CE) are very similar fields of research, one of the main aims of this day is to see how these two critical enterprises overlap and where they might inform each other. Accordingly the following questions will be addressed: What does it mean being a human being (with or without a disability), being ‘moral’ or ‘humane’,  in a late modern neoliberal society (both from a DS and CE perspective); how can DS and CE inform each other and what are the implications for doing humanization research? Joining us from Disability Studies in Nederland (DSiN) will be Dr. Alice Schippers (Directeur DSiN), Jacqueline Kool (Kennismanager DSiN) and Dr. Paul van Trigt(Leiden University).


Both days the program runs from 14:00 to 17:00. The theme for Monday is: ‘What is human(e)?‘
With amongst other a lecture on auto-ethnography (in Dutch).
The theme for Tuesday is: ‘Researching the human(e)? Presenting, reviewing and discussing of future articles.’
Please download the full program here.


You are welcome to join us for both meetings. Please registration by email: Please include as subject: ‘Registration GS Research Network June 2016.’  For more information please contact dr. Alistair Niemeijer:


Gastlezers zijn Alice Schippers, Irene Caubo, Jacqueline Kool en Paul van Trigt.


Universiteit voor Humanistiek
Kromme Nieuwegracht 29
3512 HD Utrecht


The meetings are free to everyone who would like to attend.

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Please registration by email: Please include as subject: ‘Registration GS Research Network June 2016.’ 


The Care Ethics Group of the University of Humanistic Studies


For more information please contact dr. Alistair Niemeijer:

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