COVID-19 and Circulations of Care in the City

Type: Virtual Paper
Theme: Geographers and COVID-19: Setting Our Direction for the Future
Sponsor Groups: Urban Geography Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/7/2021
Start / End Time: 11:10 AM / 12:25 PM (PDT)
Room: Virtual 37
Organizers: Nasya Razavi
Chairs: Linda Peake


In this session, we present feminist urban research on how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the everyday lives of women in communities in four cities: Cochabamba (Bolivia), Delhi (India), Shanghai (China), and Quito (Ecuador). We engage an intersectional analysis to explore the impact of COVID-19 on gendered and racialized experiences of everyday urbanization. With a focus on women’s collective and individualized placemaking practices in the intersecting realms of work, care, and violence, we address the feasibility of treating the COVID-19 pandemic in before-and-after-terms. We pay attention to circulations of care—what care activities entail across different sites, who does care work, and how care is reshaping experiences of the city. We trace how the exigencies of everyday life in the pandemic reveal possibilities, uncertainties, and multiple narratives while attending to the long histories of structural inequality and exclusion that shape these mega and small cities of the global South. This session is also a platform in which we explore how the pandemic has forced us to re-examine transnational feminist praxis and our ethics of care in times of physical and social distancing.

Research conducted in Cochabamba, Delhi, and Shanghai is part of the research partnership "Urbanization, gender, and the global South: A transformative knowledge network."


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter ANINDITA DATTA*, , Swagata Basu*, SSV PG College, Hapur, India, Mitigating Hunger, Violence and Loss: Women’s Solidarities in SundarNagri Delhi 15 11:10 AM
Presenter Penn Tsz Ting Ip*, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Yu Zhang, University of Shanghai for Science and Technology, Xi Liu, Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, Revisiting Socialist Workers’ New Villages: The Everyday Life of Precarious Women during the COVID-19 Pandemic in Shanghai 15 11:25 AM
Presenter Nasya Razavi*, York University, Radical Care and Mutual Aid: COVID-19, Gender, and Survival Strategies in Cochabamba, Bolivia 15 11:40 AM
Presenter Julie Gamble*, Trinity College, Cycling with Carishinas en Bici: Gendered perceptions of cycling under the COVID-19 pandemic in Quito, Ecuador 15 11:55 AM
Discussant Linda Peake York University 15 12:10 PM

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