Actions and Detail Panel
I Am Here: Stories from a Cancer Ward, Johannes Klabbers
Tue 23 May 2017, 19:00 – 20:30 BST
In an increasingly complex world, more and more people seem to be looking for simple answers. Trained as a narrative therapist in Australia, Johannes Klabbers encourages people who are looking for a different way of being in the world to adopt a posthumanist approach which seeks to move beyond the binaries of human/non-human, self and other, and to embrace complexity, emphasising not difference but relationality.
Johannes's book I Am Here: Stories from a Cancer Ward (Scribe 2016) tells the true story of an academic at a university in the Australian outback who takes voluntary redundancy and reinvents himself as a secular pastoral worker in a cancer hospital. The Australian called it "wonderfully insightful".
"What I learned from people who are dying is that when someone is able to find a way to integrate mortality into their everyday 'being' their quality of life can change profoundly," Johannes says. "And whilst a cancer diagnosis forces someone to confront the reality of their death but this is equally possible for people who well but unhappy, or suffering from existential angst. It can lead to a radical re-evaluation of living, thinking and acting in the world."
This special event at the Freud Museum is a rare opportunity to meet Johannes and hear him talk about his work with the dying and the living and the possibilities afforded by a posthumanist therapy. He will also read from 'I Am Here' and share some of his current writing.