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Cycles of Care: ReValuing the Possibilities of Connection

28 November 2014

Time: 9:30am - 5:00pm
Venue: Room G.05, Joseph Rotblat Building, Queen Mary University of London, Rutland Place, London EC1M 6BQ

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A seminar organised by the ReValuing Care Network in collaboration with the Centre for Law and Society in a Global Context (CLSGC), School of Law, Queen Mary University of London. 

This seminar will draw on the research of the ReValuing Care Network to consider the possibilities of a new ‘cycles’ approach to care. This approach addresses how subjects move between and among instances of care-receiving and care-giving over time and space as they generate and value connection with one another through embodied experiences and rights claims.

The network was original funded by the AHRC to create space for inter-disciplinary and cross-sector dialogue about ‘care’ as it is understood conceptually, socially and practically. This seminar announces the next phase of the Network as an ongoing collaboration supported by QMUL and the Universities of Birmingham and Surrey, in association with the University of Adelaide. 

For more information about the Network contact Ruth Fletcher

Draft Programme

Please note that the programme and timings may be subject to change.

  • 09.30 - Open
  • 09.45 - Welcome and Introduction
  • 10.00 - Session I
    • Ruth Fletcher (Queen Mary University of London), Closing the distance? Care, strangeness and support for travelling abortion seekers
    • Sue Westwood (University of Surrey and Keele University), ‘Institutions, they’re very straight. My god I hope I don’t have to go into a care home’: Spatial dislocations produced by older age care needs
    • Abigail Baim-Lance (University College London), Car(ry)ing On: Care as temporal embodiment in the shadow of a South African HIV/AIDS global health intervention
  • 11.40 - Tea and coffee break
  • 12.00 - Session II
    • Alice Margaria (European University Institute), Enhancing Paternal Care as a Means of Revaluing Maternal Care: Human Rights and Family-Work Reconciliation
    • Rosie Harding (University of Birmingham), Care as Relationality: Supported decision-making under the UN CRPD
  • 13.15 - Lunch
  • 14.00 - Session III
    • Ann Stewart (Warwick University), Wages for Caring?
    • Olivia Smith (Dublin City University), Towards a ‘Reasonable’ level of State Support for Care? Constitutionalism, Care Work and the Common Good
  • 15.15 - Tea and coffee break
  • 15.30 - Session IV
    • Marie Fox (University of Birmingham), Caring with and for animals
    • Helen Carr (University of Kent), Caring at the borders of the human: Companion animals and the homeless
  • 17.00 - Close


For directions to the venue, please refer to the map

How to Book

This event is free, but places are limited and prior booking is required. Please registration via the Queen Mary Eventbrite page


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