Call for papers: the politics of care amidst COVID-19

Authors: Caroline Faria*, University of Texas - Austin
Topics: Gender, Political Geography, Economic Geography
Keywords: Care, COVID-19, feminist geography, social reproduction, mental health
Session Type: Virtual Paper
Day: 4/8/2021
Start / End Time: 9:35 AM / 10:50 AM
Room: Virtual 55
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In this paper, I examine some of the politics of care amidst COVID-19. I draw on longstanding feminist geographic research on care, driven in particular by Raghuram, Noxolo and Madge’s postcolonial work on its disciplinary logics. To do so, I experiment with satire as one creative form of disruption in disruptive times. Via one day-in-the-life narrative, I detail how the pandemic deepens gendered, racialized and ableist inequalities, both via the caring labor it creates and demands, and the very devaluation and erasure of that care. I close with an opening, to consider what new transformative solidarities might form: feminist, crip, queer, antiracist, from these times if only we care, we protest enough.
Care, COVID-19, feminist geography, social reproduction, mental health

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