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Annual Lecture 2023. Ann Cvetkovich "Grappling With Care"

When: Monday, April 3, 2023, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Where: Arts 2 Lecture Theatre, Queen Mary University of London Mile End Road London E1 4NS


The Centre for the History of Emotions is honoured to host Ann Cvetkovich, delivering this year's annual lecture, 'Grappling With Care'.

This talk will explore the proliferation of discourses of care – including self-care, collective care, and radical care – as well as critiques of those discourses, both of which have gained additional momentum and urgency in activist and academic contexts during this time of pandemic. Taking up queer disability writer/activist Eli Clare’s notion of “grappling with cure,” Cvetkovich “grapples” with care, including its use in addressing the mental health crisis in academia and its use by activists, especially queer feminists of colour working for racial, gender, sexual, and disability justice. Drawn from her book in progress, How to Live in A Body: A Survival Guide for Troubled Times, the project explores organizing and facilitation as forms of femme emotional labour or care, the somatic politics of reclaiming the body from collective histories of trauma, and creative approaches to practices of care.

About the Speaker

Ann Cvetkovich is currently Professor in the Feminist Institute of Social Transformation at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada and the IHSS Visiting Fellow.

About the Event

This event is free but registration is required. Please sign up through Eventbrite.

The event is organised by the Queen Mary Centre for the History of the Emotions and co-funded via IHSS Visiting Fellowship Scheme.


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