Howard Slater

Work Care Class 1 - Care & Work

First in a series of workshops for workers and non-workers who care. Does work that asks us to be attentive to the needs of others force us to sell our capacity for kindness?

What we wrote about it 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.


This workshop will explore the themes of care and work or affective labour as it has come to be known.  Does such a work of attentiveness to the needs of others act as a renewal of ‘living labour’ or is it an obligatory sale of our capacity for kindness?


Over a series of three workshops 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.



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.