Howard Slater

Work Care Class 2 - Care & Therapy

The second in a series of workshops for workers and non-workers who care.  What does the sharing of vulnerability entail? Can such a sharing inform progressive social relations?

What we wrote about the event at the time: These workshops have been conceived as a series of three, over which time a small group can spend in-depth time together, learning and exploring the subjects at hand, building on each workshop together.  As such, people who can attend all three will be given priority when booking.

 

The therapeutic offers a form of care premised upon an ability to bear the vulnerabilities of ourselves and others.  What does the sharing of vulnerability entail? Can such a sharing inform progressive social relations?

 

Over a series of three workshops (there will also be sessions on Wednesday and Sunday) Howard will open up a space of reflection and co-learning, in which we can bring our experiences to bear on the theme of care, work and class. Care is closely linked to our ineffable emotional capacities, but it is too often deemed passive, benevolent and exploitable by those who want to harbour it as a commodity. Looking at how we consciously attend to each other’s joys and pains, we hope that Work Care Class can explore how we could come to re-site care, causing it to surface in the struggle against human commodification.

 

The workshops are open to people that self-identify as carers or care-workers, and workers or non-workers who care. Snacks will be provided.

 

Howard is a volunteer play therapist, autodidact, poet, archivist and scholar of the radical expression of social movements, an educator and writer on the politics of music, improvisation, care and labour.

 

 

WORK CARE CLASS

 

We hear a lot about care                      Care comes in many guises            

 

     Caring professions                          Kindness

 

     Couldn’t care less                           Paid pretence

 

     Care Package                                 Compassion

 

 

Care as a response to

 

Economic precariousness

 

Variegated vulnerability

 

Emotional needs

 

To allow for the space to be open for frank discussion amongst the participants, the workshop was not documented.