Equal Access Report #3: Hospitalen nu en straks. Ziekenhuiszorg in de kering.

De gezondheidszorg kreunt onder budgettaire druk. Ziekenhuizen zijn een grote hap in dat budget, hoewel de kwaliteit niet altijd gegarandeerd is, en vaak wisselend van niveau. De nood aan een transformatie dringt zich op, maar hoe die er moet uitzien is niet altijd even duidelijk. Geerdt Magiels rapporteert over de ziekenhuishervorming in Duitsland, Groot-Brittannië en België.

Look Who's Crosstalking Now


AGE - From the anatomy of life to the architecture of living


This 6th Crosstalks book is a bold selection of research, reflections, projects and activism exploring ageism and its opposite. Philosophy and art are included for their capacity to provide culturally driven contexts in which to think freely and activate slumbering senses and sensibilities.

Not acting one’s age, whether it is intentional or not, is both a dangerous and a promising enterprise. - Aagje Swinnen

(...) age in men often equates with the concept of 'sage;' ironic, since we all know many older men who are complete doofuses. There certainly seem to be more male role models who are reaching their older years with dignity and grace while in the public eye, compared to the number of high-ranking women in the fields of government, science, religion, education, politics ... do I need to continue the list? - Ellen Snortland

Ageing populations have been identified as a major problem in most Western societies. Why? The elderly are not particularly dangerous; they are usually not violent and hardly have any impact on criminal statistics and crime rates. - Cor Wagenaar

Order the book at VUB Press - ASP Editions  - 422 pages - € 35,00 - ISBN: 9789057185076

Understanding Heritage

Working with past and present for a common future



Time implies processes of decay, destruction and forgetting. Heritage is often considered as the preservation of objects, places and practices that are valuable and at risk, yet we can also think of it as a series of practices situated in present society, engaging with the past and with a common future. The following two events present alternative ways of thinking about heritage. They link up with the research of critical heritage scholar and archaeologist Rodney Harrison, Professor of Heritage Studies at University College London and Director of the AHRC-funded Heritage Futures Research Programme.

How does uncertainty about the deep future and the transformation of values affect heritage practice? How do institutions and people in their homes decide what to buy and what to keep faced with mass production and consumption? How is diversity being preserved – or produced – in the domains of biology, culture, genetics and language, and what happens if these domains merge? "Forever is a luxury brand evoking quality" is a quote from the research site. Let's take it from there.

13/02/2017 - Salon with Rodney Harrison/UCL, Lionel Devlieger/Rotor and Anna Rispoli/artist

14/02/2017 - Public Lecture with Rodney Harrison, introduction by Marc Jacobs/VUB 

A collaboration of the Casterman-Hamers Chair of History and Philosophy of Sciences, BOZAR and VUB Department of history, archaeology and arts, philosophy and ethics (HARP).

“Today we no longer have the right to pretend that we command a unique position from which we can view the truth about the world. We must learn not to judge different areas of knowledge, culture, or art, but to combine them and to establish new ways of coexistence with those who enable us to meet the unique demands of our time.”

Ilya Prigogine & Isabelle Stengers,
Order Out of Chaos: Man’s New Dialogue With Nature, 1984

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