AMC/MUSTS colloquium editors-meet-critics, on Wednesday 4 March

Joint AMC/MUSTS colloquium editors-meet-critics.

When: Wednesday 4 March, 15.30 – 17.30
Where: Spiegelzaal, GG 80-82

Ways of Home Making in Care for Later Life is a book co-edited by Bernike Pasveer, Oddgeir Synnes and Ingunn Moser (Palgrave McMillan, 2020).

During the colloquium, two of the three editors will shortly present the book. After that, two colleagues will comment on the book, and there will, of course, be time for discussion.

In 14 chapters written by a total of 23 authors, we engage with home as part of the plight and the desire to age at home or in homely institutes, in particular when new modes of care come to enter lives.

Whereas the care-part of the equation has been studied extensively, what home​ means and is and how it is done, seems to have been taken for granted, largely: as a noun, a stable geographical place fit for belonging. In this book we take issue with this notion of home as a noun. We forward home as a verb​, as a quality that may emerge from the manifold and heterogeneous ways in which people go about imagining and arranging life when growing old, becoming fragile, and dying. In doing that, we aspire to provide leeway to those who study and practice care: home – the quality of ‘falling in place’ – is temporal, partial, not lasting, not encompassing, experimental and not fixed; and thus always open to new possibilities of making careful arrangements.

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