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Forms of Care

Thursday 9 September 2021, 9.30AM to 10 September

What forms does care take? What does taking care of oneself, another, or each other look and feel like? These are questions that have arisen and persisted throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, as everyday intimacies have given way to the need for social distancing, mutual aid groups have organised to try to meet the needs of the most vulnerable in their communities, and NHS hospitals and services have been overwhelmed and altered drastically.Yet these questions also have a rich and interdisciplinary history in the critical medical humanities, disability studies, the environmental humanities, literary studies, affect theory, moral philosophy, feminist theory, and beyond. As a word tied to the realms of both emotion and practice, care simultaneously poses a challenge to and requires form; the messy, ambivalent, spontaneous, and sometimes difficult feelings around caregiving exist alongside the frameworks, structures, routines, and scrupulous attention that acts of care might entail.  

Inspired by current scholarly and political debates (such as the recently published The Care Manifesto by Andreas Chatzidakis, Jamie Hakim, Jo Littler, Catherine Rottenberg, and Lynne Segal) that lament the systematic dismantling of caring infrastructures under neoliberalism and at the same time call for a more expansive sense of caring activities and ‘imaginaries’, this two-day workshop seeks to spotlight form as that which might productively organise but also capture the protean nature of care.

Across the two days, speakers will generate conversation about the form(s)—intellectual, emotional, professional, medical, political, stylistic, structural, social—care has taken in the past, and about how scholarly, creative, and activist projects form care, while generating knowledge and envisioning artistic and social change.

Register on eventbrite here.

Organisers: Dr Alexandra Kingston-Reese (York) & Dr Erin Lafford (Derby)



Location: Online. More details to come closer to the time.