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Eating Or Not Eating, The Important Thing is to be Together: Practices of Care in The Javanese Family

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Eating or Not Eating, The Important Thing is to be Together

Practices of Care in the Javanese Family

Friday, 3 October 2014, 4 pm
at KUNCI Cultural Studies Center
Jalan Ngadinegaran MJ3/100, Yogyakarta

Kunci invites you to a talk with Benjamin Hegarty on his research about caregiving as one of many embodied practices whic emphasises the vulnerability and variability of life. Benjamin's ethnographic account focuses on people's creative capacities to care in the context of social and political transformations in Indonesia. Departing from Arthur Kleinman's (2009) assertion that "caregiving is also a defining moral practice. It is a practice of empathic imagination, responsibility, witnessing, and solidarity with those in great need", he asks what cross-cultural approaches to understanding care in practice might reveal. The discussion will engage with key questions like (1) What makes care an emotionally charged practice where social imaginaries are formulated, articulated, understood? (2) If "care involves an act of reaching out, in a gesture that seeks to comfort, to connect, to heal—to make whole" (Kleinman 2009) can it also be paternalistic and damaging and (3) What creative capacities for pracItising care are possible and can be observed in Indonesia? These and more will be approached openly and caringly in the public talk at Kunci.

Benjamin Hegarty is a PhD candidate in anthropology at the Australian National University. He is interested in the everyday practice of care; for his dissertation he is conducting ethnographic research in the field of HIV and care, focused on care-workers. He lives in Yogyakarta.


(Versi dalam Bahasa Indonesia)

KUNCI mengundang anda untuk berdiskusi dengan Benjamin Hagerty mengenai risetnya yang membahas perhatian/perawatan/kepedulian (caring)  sebagai salah satu dari banyak praktik ketubuhan yang menekankan pada kerapuhan dan berbagai perubahan dalam hidup. Laporan etnografi Benjamin berfokus pada kapasitas kreatif orang-orang dalam merawat di konteks transformasi sosial dan politik di Indonesia. Berangkat dari penekanan Arthur Kleinman (2009) bahwa "caring juga merupakan pendefinisian praktik moral. Ini adalah praktik imajinasi empati, tanggung jawab, menjadi saksi mata, dan solidaritas dengan mereka yang membutuhkan", ia mempertanyakan bentuk pendekatan lintas budaya untuk memahami hal-hal yang ditunjukkan oleh praktik perhatian. Diskusi ini akan membahas pertanyaan kunci seperti, (1) apa yang membuat caring sebagai praktik dengan beban emosional di mana imajinasi sosial diformulasikan, diartikulasikan dan dipahami? (2) Jika "caring melibatkan tindakan menjangkau, dalam gestur yang bertujuan memberi rasa nyaman, menjadi terhubung, menyembuhkan – menjadi utuh" (Kleinman 2009) juga dapat bersifat paternal dan merusak, (3) Apa kapasitas kreatif untuk mempraktikkan caring yang mungkin tercipta dan dapat diamati di Indonesia? Poin-poin ini dan lebih banyak lagi akan dibahas secara terbuka dan penuh kepedulian dalam diskusi publik di KUNCI kali ini.

Benjamin Hegarty adalah kandidat PhD di bidang Antropologi, Australian National University. Ia tertarik pada praktik perawatan dalam kehidupan sehari-hari; untuk disertasinya, ia melakukan riset etnografis di bidang HIV dan perawatannya, dengan berfokus pada pekerja yang merawat. Dia tinggal di Yogyakarta.


Photo: PSW Family Vanderwaall 1961 Natick Massachusetts. Taken via Google.

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