A panel discussion of the structural dynamics of the current care crisis and the impact of the COVID19 pandemic. This event inquires into the ways in which the cost of care continues to be off-loaded onto the underpaid working class and unpaid precariat, as Emma Dowling and members of the Care Collective consider what it would mean to seriously value care in our society. Moderated by Rosie Warren.


Part of COVID 19 & ITS AFTERLIVES, a series sponsored by NYU’s Office of Global Inclusion, NYU’s Center for the Humanities, NYU Skirball, NYU’s Special Collections, Verso Booksn+1, and Minetta Creek CollectiveOrganized by David Sugarman.


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Emma Dowling is Assistant Professor for the Sociology of Social Change at the University of Vienna. Previously she has held academic positions in the UK and Germany. Her most recent research asks what our economy looks like when viewed from the perspective of care, charting the material conditions that shape its configurations. She is the author of The Care Crisis – What Caused It and How Can We End It? (2021, Verso Books).

Lynne Segal is Emeritus Anniversary Professor at Birkbeck, University of London, in Psychosocial Studies. She is a member of the Labour Party in Britain, and has been a socialist feminist activist, teacher, and writer since the 1970s. Publishing widely on feminism, gender, ageing and political activism, her most recent books Making Trouble: Life & Politics; Out of Time: The Pleasures & Perils of AgeingRadical Happiness: Moments of Collective Joy. As part of The Care Collective, she co-authored The Care Manifesto: The Politics of Interdependence, Verso, which she’ll be discussing on the Care panel.
Jo Littler is Professor in the Department of Sociology and Co-Director of the Gender and Sexualities Research Centre at City, University of London, UK. She is a co-editor of the European Journal of Cultural Studies and part of the editorial collective of Soundings: A Journal of Politics and Culture. Her books include Against Meritocracy: Culture, Power and Myths of Mobility (Routledge, 2018) and with The Care Collective, The Care Manifesto (Verso, 2020).

The Care Collective was formed in 2017, originally as a London-based reading group aiming to understand and address the multiple and extreme crises of care. Each coming from a different discipline, we have been active both collectively and individually in diverse personal, academic and political contexts. Members include Andreas Chatzidakis, Jamie Hakim, Jo Littler, Catherine Rottenberg, and Lynne Segal.


This series of events considers the possibilities of the post-pandemic future. Bringing together writers, artists, curators, archivists, academics, and organizers, “COVID19 and its Afterlives,” examines how the structural dynamics that predated COVID19–precarity, vulnerability, inequality–have been exacerbated by this past catastrophic year. In inventorying our pre-pandemic social and political failures, from health care to housing to labor, policing to politics to prisons, this series hopes to help us learn the pandemic’s lessons, and works to illuminate the promises of the future.


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