8. 6. 2019 ::::
Zdeněk Konopásek, Radek Carboch, Dana Hradcová & Michal Synek: Zranitelní obyvatelé v křehkých obydlích [Vulnerable residents in fragile residences]
Presentation for the 21th working conference of Biograf, June 7-9 2019, Mohelno
(only in Czech)
9. 5. 2019 ::::
Zdeněk Konopásek, Radek Carboch, Dana Hradcová & Michal Synek: Péče a údržba - dvojí starost pobytových služeb [Care and maintenance: An inquiry into tensions of residential care]
Presentation for Thursday seminars of CTS, Husova 4, Praha 1, 3rd floor (the seminar room)
(only in Czech)
25. 7. 2018 ::::
Zdeněk Konopásek, Michal Synek & Radek Carboch: Making clients to decide for themselves: turning people with learning difficulties into "modern subjects"
Presentation for the EASST conference "Meetings – Making Science, Technology and Society together" in Lancaster (UK), July 25-28, 2018
In our study of social services for people with learning difficulties we focus on efforts aiming at their emancipation, i.e. at making them as independent on institutions and professionals as possible. Emphasis is being put on what is called "autonomous decision-making" about one's life - what to do, what to buy, where to go and when. These decisions are to be based on authentic and unrestricted expression of clients' desires and passions. Professionals are instructed and trained to move from making decisions on behalf of their (passive) clients to providing sensitive support for the activity of decision-making, performed preferably by the clients themselves. But how to make clients to "decide for themselves", co-creating a world for them, which would resemble the world of all other people? How to de-attach them from professional assistance? Sometimes it may seem that a simple redistribution of passivity and activity among professionals and their clients suffices. Even the official instructions and guides often imply that the less support from the others is offered, the more free and autonomous ("normal") decision is made by the client - an ideal, desirable, but not always achievable situation. However, a closer look at the emancipating practices reveal that: (a) a lot of carefully orchestrated professional action, including enormous amount of paperwork, is mobilized to make one do things; (b) it is the quality of particular attachments - and not a reversal of activity/passivity - what makes a desirable difference. Misunderstandings about this may bring about perverted results.
19. 11. 1990 ::::
Zdeněk Konopásek: Criteria of situations indicating social incomes: Standard of society or standard of individual life course?
Speech at the international conference "Social security, its development and perspectives", Praha, November 19-22, 1990