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Merel Visse

Merel Visse

Associate professor, senior researcher


wetenschappelijk personeel, Leerstoel Zorgethiek


Currently I work as an associate professor of Care Ethics at the University for Humanistic Studies in The Netherlands. My work focuses on the encounter of aesthetics, ethics and politics. For the last twenty years, I have learned about care and creativity.  What makes us human? How can we live in a society with increasing demands on people and organizations? My research, writings and lectures are a combination of artistic, literary and philosophical practice. My work focuses on how everyday experiences of people relate to the abstract conceptions of institutions and society. I’m interested in what dwells beyond our language too: the mysterious, unknown and unsayable. My work is grounded in the interdisciplinary field of care ethics and I have expertise in phenomenology, arts-based inquiry, narrative inquiry and responsive evaluation.

I received my PhD in the humanities from the VU University of Amsterdam in 2012 on ‘Openings for Humanization in Modern Health Care Practices’, based on several studies in hospital, chronic illness and local community settings from a responsive, dialogical approach (Gadamer’s hermeneutics & responsive evaluation). Before that, I worked as an independent researcher for profit and non-profit clients like the Dutch Department of Transport, Department of Defense and several hospitals. The beginning of this year, I completed my artist-in-residency at the NARS Foundation in Brooklyn and attended the deep listening course of professor Carol Gilligan at NYU. In the past, I attended the Narrative Medicine Workshop at Colombia University and was a summer artist/scholar-in residence at the School of Visual Arts in NY.

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