Good Work: The Ethics of Craftsmanship

Nog een laatste bericht van Zingeving & Professie voordat we met vakantie gaan, om u te vertellen dat het programma van de conferentie Good Work: Ethics of Craftsmanship bekend is! De conferentie staat in het teken van Richard Sennetts denken over vakmanschap en de betekenis ervan voor modern burgerschap. De dag begint met een skype-lezing van Sennett: Craftsmanship and Cooperation. Ook zijn er twee lezingen van Chris Philipson en Evelien Tonkens waarin zij in gaan op het gedachtegoed van Sennett. In de middag zijn er diverse workshops over vijf domeinen van werk: Care and Social work, Education and Counseling, Organizing and Managing, Art and Culture en Technology and Methodology. Het hele programma van de conferentie kunt u in deze speciale nieuwsbrief lezen.

Van maandag 16 juli tot en met 5 augustus is Zingeving & Professie gesloten. Op 6 augustus openen we onze deuren weer en zullen we zo snel mogelijk alle mails beantwoorden.

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Program Good Work

In the contemporary search for practically relevant perspectives that point beyond the moral poverty of a market driven society, Richard Sennetts ‘ethics of craftsmanship’ offers an intriguing perspective, worth of in depth exploration. 

Against the backdrop of the great social and political challenges of our times, this conference focuses on Richard Sennett’s views on the ethical significance of craftsmanship. According to Sennett, the development of craftsmanship is a deep source of personal meaning and of fruitful cooperation. ‘Learning to work well’, he says, is also the foundation of citizenship: it implies learning to be curious and patient, to focus on relationships and learn the skills of anticipation and revision, in a continuous dialogue with material that resists ‘quick fixes’ and turns the craftsman ‘outward’. 

morning program

  • 09.30 – 10.00 Registration and coffee
  • 10.00 – 10.05 Opening by prof. dr. Harry Kunneman, University of Humanistic Studies
  • 10.05 – 10.35 Keynote by prof. dr. Richard Sennett (by videolink): Craftsmanship and Cooperation
  • 10.35 – 10.50 Discussion with prof. dr. Richard Sennett
  • 10.50 – 11.20 The political significance of Craftsmanship, by prof. dr. Chris Philipson, Keele University
  • 11.20 – 11.30 Discussion
  • 11.30 – 11.45 Coffee Break
  • 11.45 – 12.15 Professionalism, Craftsmanship and Morality, by prof. dr. Evelien Tonkens, University of Amsterdam
  • 12.15 – 12.30 Concluding discussion
  • 12.30 – 13.30 Lunch break

Afternoon program

In the afternoon the central theme of the conference will be explored in two rounds of workshops, grouped around five main themes:

  • Care and Social work
  • Education and Counseling
  • Organizing and Managing
  • Art and Culture
  • Technology and Methodology

13.30 – 15.00 First round of workshops
15.00 – 15.30 Tea
15.30 – 17.00 Second round of workshops
17.00 – 18.00 Drinks

Information, registration & location

For further details on program and workshops please refer  goodwork

Location Utrechts Centrum voor de Kunsten, Domplein 4, Utrecht (morning & afternoon program) / Universiteit voor Humanistiek, Kromme Nieuwegracht 29, Utrecht (afternoon only)

Registration via paydro (€185,- regular fee, €85,- student fee)