A Meaningful Life in a Just Society: Investigating Well-Being and Democratic Caring

Organization: University of Humanistic Studies

Venue: Paushuize

Location: Utrecht, Netherlands

Event Date/Time: Jan 30, 2014 / 9:30 am - (GMT +1:00 hours) End Date/Time: Jan 31, 2014 / 5:30 pm - (GMT +1:00 hours)
Abstract Submission Date: Sep 15, 2013
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The University of Humanistic Studies aims to contribute to a meaningful life in a just society. In celebration of its 25th anniversary the UvH bestows honorary doctorates upon professors Carol D. Ryff (University of Wisconsin) and Joan C. Tronto (University of Minnesota) and organizes an international conference with keynotes from both professors. This conference will take place at the magnificently restored Paushuize (Papal House) – one of the most outstanding monuments in the medieval city centre of Utrecht. With a maximum of only 150 participants this conference offers a unique opportunity to engage in an intimate setting with the latest research on some of today’s pressing topics. 


Keynote speakers

Joan Tronto, Carol Ryff, Frans Vosman and Peter Derkx.


Aim of the conference

Both theories, on psychological well-being and on care, are of the utmost importance to the further development of meaningful human lives in humane institutions in a just society. This conference aims at further exploring questions about the relationship between well-being and a meaningful life. The critical insights of competitive caring, unsympathetic disregard and privileged irresponsibility all point at the injustice produced by an insular concept of wellbeing. We will explore what this critical stance means for concepts of well-being; how institutions endorse, and possibly give shape to what it means to be first of all citizens; and which factors and conditions foster meaningful human lives in caring societies.   



Kromme Nieuwegracht 49


University of Humanistic Studies
Kromme Nieuwegracht 29
3512 HD

Conference Speakers

Joan Tronto

Carol D. Ryff

Frans Vosman

Peter Derkx

Helen Kohlen

Jan Baars

Jorma Heier

more to come...