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Geographies of Care

Convenors:
Inge Daniels
Julie Valk (UCL)
Stream:
Infrastructure
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Short abstract:

This panel explores how communities across the globe respond and adapt to situations of economic and political instability and rapid socio-cultural and demographic change through engaging in material and spatial practices of 'care' that aim to mitigate a sense of loss, detachment and isolation.

Long abstract:

This panel explores how communities across the globe respond and adapt to situations of economic and political instability and rapid socio-cultural and demographic change through practices revolving around 'care'. The practice of care here is not limited to notions of health and welfare, but is extended to activities that aim to mitigate a sense of loss, detachment and isolation occurring in many places as a result of increased privatisation, economic precarity and the breakdown of a sense of place and community. We define care as a broad social, cultural and spatial practice that may include, but is not limited to, the care of people, buildings, places and objects in the sense of 'looking after, maintaining or repairing'. Many of these practices of care are networked through digital media, and develop when infrastructures, industries or traditional support networks fail. Some examples of practices or strategies of care may include the museumification of place, migration from urban to rural areas, digital communities' attempts to protect neighbourhoods or revive traditional culture, opposition to government policies regarding infrastructure or regeneration projects. However, we encourage a wide range of papers that, based on ethnographic fieldwork, engage with anthropological and geographical thinking while re-imagining care as a creative material process that facilitates a sense of belonging.

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