Author Silvia Bovenschen, who died in 2017, writes in her last novel Lug and Trug and Rat and Striving: "Said the good aunt: This you must know: Alone you are lost / That you must learn: there is a division of labor, of procurement, of care / That you must honor: those who are with you."
Few themes perhaps survive the ages like this one: Caring. Under the heading Care , the Center for Literature circles it; from individual care, to societal dimensions, to global care relationships - that is, "developmental care."
One starting point in this focus, then, is the question of how the care of existence looks in a form of society that increasingly assigns responsibility to the individual. Who cares for whom? The younger generation the older? The strong members of society the weak? The able-bodied the disabled? The cheap caregivers the rich sick and old? The global north the global south? Or the other way around?
Different destinies and life paths can be brought to light by literature in a perceptive way and with a lot of humor. The CfL will discuss different positions on care and find other, more solidary models.
For example, when groups like Volxtheater from Bethel or dorisdean from Bochum/Düsseldorf work here, which deal, sometimes explicitly, sometimes implicitly, with what actually distinguishes bodies with and without disabilities.
For example, when the role of women in our society and thus also in care work is explored in a twelve-hour continuous performance - in performance, discussion and joint poster actions.
For example, when in a festival artists and audience sit in the wound chamber and collectively write: the dictionary of care, the catalog of viruses or the atlas of abortion.
In the end, the focus Care also reveals the perfidy of loving. For whoever cares for someone becomes attached to them. Or, as Nancy Folbre, the U.S. economist, writes: "Care workers become, in one sense, prisoners of love."