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Bring your big ideas! Carework Network Symposium

Do you want a chance to have a pre-eminent care scholar read and respond to your work in dialogue with others? The Carework Network prioritizes mentoring and substantive exchange, and we are planning an exciting event for this Spring that builds on this tradition.

We will be hosting an interactive virtual symposium on March 1-3, 2022 titled Moving Past Emergency Responses: Care as Essential Infrastructure. Our goal is to build on the success of our two Global Summits (the next of which will be in Costa Rica in 2023) to bring together emerging and senior carework scholars to engage in meaningful dialogue about cutting edge issues in care scholarship and policy.

To that end, we will be hosting three Scholars-in-Dialogue sessions, a novel format that will feature established care scholars discussing three selected papers from innovative scholars at all levels. This is where you come in – bring us those interesting ideas percolating in the back of your head!  The themes for the sessions are: Revisiting the Meaning(s) of Care, The Role of the State, and Technological Futures of Care.

We invite scholars at all levels and from all disciplines to share their biggest and best ideas, even if they are still in formation. We will select three of the submissions to be featured in each session, and these papers will form the basis of the conversation. It is our hope that this substantive exchange of ideas will make all of our work stronger, as we move to advance our field in this critical historical moment.

Scholars interested in submitting their work should submit a 2-3 page extended abstract to by October 15, 2021. Please indicate clearly which session you are submitting to. If selected, you will be notified by December 1, 2021 and expected to submit a full DRAFT paper by February 1, 2022.

We hope all of you will save the dates for the symposium. In addition to being able to attend the Scholars-in-Dialogue sessions, the event will also include a series of hands-on workshops focused on methodology, publishing, and activism.

Please feel free to reach out to any of us if you have any questions. More details about the symposium are here.

The Virtual Symposium Subcommittee of the Carework Network.

Naomi Lightman (co-chair)
Mignon Duffy (co-chair)
Cindy Cain
Fiona MacDonald
Grazi Figueredo
Guillermina Altomonte
Katherine Ravenswood
Melissa Hodges
Pilar Gonalons Pons
Kim Price-Glynn
Amy Armenia

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