This track asks how policies relate with care in diverse: domains of practice, cultural locations and historical moments. It explores how care and policy are and can be woven together and how theorising 'care' with 'policy' opens up these categories in ways that have transformative potential.
While 'policy' can be seen as a historically, culturally and politically specific form of care, the relationship between policy and care has been shown to be complex and frequently problematic. Today, there is widespread public, professional and political realisation that 'policies' (which we understand to be complex socio-technical and material-semiotic collectives) are not care-full enough and may promote relations of harm. We invite contributions that explore how policy relates with care in diverse domains of practice, in varied geographical and cultural locations and at different historical moments. The policy domains might include: human and animal health, disability, waste management, environment, food safety, climate migration, economics. Theoretical and empirical contributions are welcome, including those based on historical, cultural, feminist, and economic research. The contributions could speak to the following questions:
1. How do theories associated with care and caring help us open up questions about what policy is/could be?
2. What is cared for and what is neglected? (e.g. time, materiality, lifecycles, geographical specificity)
3. How do different practices of policy promote care and/or harm? (e.g. through standards, protocols, grids, schedules, audits, assessments, targets, disciplinary procedures).
4. How does context matter? What relations and spaces promote forms of caring and/or harm?
The session has three aims:
• to collectively explore in what diverse ways 'care' and policy are and can be woven together;
• to attend to situated empirical examples;
• to show how theorising 'care' and 'policy' together helps open up both these categories in ways that have political and transformative potential.