Laboratory for the Philanthropy, Solidarity and Care Studies

Laboratory for the Philanthropy, Solidarity and Care Studies applies an interdisciplinary approach to the study of and reflection on philanthropy, solidarity and care systems. It is established with an aim to:

  • Conduct empirical and theoretical research of the phenomena of philanthropy, solidarity and care;
  • Perform philosophical investigation of the roles and importance of different providers of care and welfare;
  • Improve knowledge exchange in the field of philanthropy, solidarity and care;
  • Develop international cooperation;
  • Improve exchange and cooperation between academia, civil society and policy makers.

Extreme situations such as the COVID 19 pandemic shows best how much we rely and depend on the care of our near and dear ones, but also on the charity and solidarity of complete strangers. The questions that arise are: What drives philanthropic and solidarity acts? When and why are they missing? Who cares for the sick and helpless, for the children and the elderly in the ‘peaceful times’ and under extreme situations? These questions spark deeper philosophical and theoretical issues: To what extent should we rely on the “state”, i.e. solidary institutions, and how much should we depend on the voluntary activities of individuals and organizations for the provision of care and welfare for each individual and the community as a whole? Is the care for others a matter of a good will or a matter of justice? Who and how determines and measures welfare? As well as, who and how defines the one or the group in need for care and support? Members of the Laboratory for the Philanthropy, Solidarity and Care Studies focus on these and related issues.

Members: Adriana Zaharijević, Aleksandra Bulatović, Bojana Radovanović (coordinator), Irena Fiket, Jelena Ćeriman, Jelena Vasiljević, Ljiljana Pantović, Marko Konjović, Predrag Krstić, Srđan Prodanović