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Doing and undoing time: how care shapes futures, histories, and social change 
Diego Maria Malara (University of Glasgow)
Koreen Reece (University of Bayreuth)
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Tatjana Thelen (Universität Wien)
Friday 26 July, -, -
Time zone: Europe/Madrid
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Short Abstract:

In times of social crisis, both the problem and the solution are often framed in terms of care – seen as at constant risk of failure and collapse, but also prioritized as an ethical way to address inequalities and injustice. How does care undo and re-do history and futures, and shape social change?

Long Abstract:

In public discourse and the social sciences alike, care marks a long-standing and expanding preoccupation. Whether in the ‘crises of care’ that multiplied during Covid-19, concerns with social care for the elderly, or urgent calls to care for the earth in a time of climate crisis, care figures strongly in shaping popular imaginations of the contemporary threats we face and the responses available to them. In contexts of precarity, austerity, and rampant inflation, or displacement, pandemics, even war, care is often framed as both the problem and the solution: it is at constant risk of failure and collapse, of being undone; but is simultaneously prioritised as an ethical way of creating change in lives, bodies, relationships, and communities, of bridging inequalities and addressing injustice, of doing the future and also undoing problematic pasts.

Debates on care have established its relevance to most aspects of social life, but have not fully engaged the capacity of care to generate social, political and economic change – on which public imaginations of care are so focused. While we have rich ethnographic accounts of how ideologies and practices of care are shaped by governments, markets, and historical processes, we have seldom explored how care is transformative of those macro-dynamics in its own right.

How does care undo and re-do history and futures, and shape social transformation? And in its capacities to refigure pasts, presents and futures alike, how does care undo and re-do anthropological understandings of time – and suggest different disciplinary approaches to creating change?

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Session 1 Friday 26 July, 2024, -
Session 2 Friday 26 July, 2024, -