The discussion of care has a long philosophical tradition. A general philosophy of care provides an intellectual framework of care goals, values, and ideologies with which to navigate the moments of crisis, rights, vulnerabilities, and ethics of care. There are questions that encompass the physical and the symbolic, the self and the other, value and life, recognition and recovery, just as there are problems of violence and injustice. In this project comprising an 8-month long reading group and workshops leading to an international conference, the guiding question is: What are the historical, sociocultural, technological, and educational assumptions behind care and caring, and in what ways do these assumptions (and their root philosophies, values, and ideologies) shape the construction of the modern ambiguous "care subject" in the global context? Various meanings, conceptual vocabularies, and philosophical debates of care will be clarified, in order to build a solid intellectual base. There are three important sub-themes through which care is theorized. They are identified because of their close orientation to humanities education:
"Green creativity" in film and digital culture
Figurations of the "care agents" in artistic and literary expressions
Critical theory of care in educational contexts
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