johannes klabbers : conversations

I engage in dialogues with people about the problem of being human — and the possibilities afforded by alternative ways of being a (post)human, which may have a therapeutic effect. These conversations can be with individuals, couples, families, groups, communities or organisations - and/or they can take the form of a public performance (of sorts).

For Richard Rorty (may I call him a post-philosopher?), it was not language or culture - or, for that matter, philosophy - but conversation that is humanity’s driving force. The point is to have the conversation, and to be having the conversation.

You can download or listen to a talk I gave in Liverpool (UK) in 2017 (when I was very tired) here and a performance (of sorts) I did at Unsound Kraków in Poland in 2016 here. You can also download or listen to recordings of individual conversations that took place in Liverpool here. (Recorded and uploaded with permission.)

I also do residences at festivals or other events, or informally: I come to your town and give a talk, you organise for people to come and listen and ask questions and over the following week or a few days, I work with some of these people individually.

What is undertaken in the conversation (with another, with oneself, with the very pursuit of conversation) is the ever-renewed relationship of speech to the infinity of meaning that shapes its truth.
Maurice Blanchot by Jean-Luc Nancy

In my book there are stories about my work with people who are dying but I also work with people who don’t want to live any more - and their families or loved ones.

I am currently based in The Netherlands but I’ll work with people anywhere in the world if my travel and accommodation expenses are reimbursed. Please read this page if you’re thinking of inviting me.

Although it is not my preferred way of working there is also the possibility for conversations via Skype/FaceTime. This is mostly for people I have already worked with face to face at least once.

To arrange a conversation, get in touch

My work is strictly not-for-profit. You or your organisation cover any travel expenses and costs of accommodation but I charge no fees and there is no obligation. Of course anyone who likes my book or thinks the work I do is helpful, can make a donation and this is greatly appreciated since I do seem to incur costs by living.

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