Contesting Care: 30th June -1st July. Two days of talks, films, workshop discussion and artist presentations responding to the global crisis of care.

Few topics at present can be more pressing than care. Even before the current pandemic, a global care crisis had been identified by The International Labour Organization (ILO), which indicated that by 2030, the number of people needing care will reach 2.3 billion (Addati et al. 2018). Today, the majority of care practices are socially, culturally, economically and ecologically unsustainable, in large part because of a failure to ascribe sufficient value and recognition to the vast amounts of physical, emotional and intellectual labour required for the provision of care. This mounting crisis – its ecological and economic significance, and the widespread problems of precarity and hyper-exploitation – demands a fundamental reconsideration by researchers and policymakers.

Contesting Care is an online event that responds to this situation. It brings together interdisciplinary scholars from Duke University’s Revaluing Care Network (RCN), the University of Exeter’s Wellcome Centre for Cultures and Environments of Health, and other interested academics and artists. It will host a varied and innovative range of interventions, from conventional presentation panels to films, artist talks and workshops, fostering dialogue between creative and critical engagements with care, and seeking to develop concepts and methodologies that can be taken forward to address the global crisis of care. The aim of the event is to identify new research questions and collaborations, while producing an initial range of outputs for those currently thinking about care in their research and practice.





2-3 PM BST / 9-10 AM EST Care In Crisis 1

Speakers: David Richards (Exeter); Peter Kussin (Duke); Felicity Thomas (Exeter); LJ Brandli (Duke)

Chair: Des Fitzgerald (Exeter)


3.30-4.30 PM BST / 10.30-11.30 AM EST Parallel Panels:

Communities and Values of Care 1

Speakers: Lorenza Ippolito (Brighton); Jocelyn Olcott (Duke); Joao Florencio (Exeter)

Chair: LJ Brandli (Duke)

Ageing and Care

Speakers: Iza Kavedzija (Exeter); Samia Akhter-Kahn (King’s College/Duke/RCGE); James Chappel (Duke); Anne Allison (Duke)

Chair: Liz Barry (Warwick)


5-6 PM BST / 12-1 PM EST Communities and Values of Care 2

Speakers: Pedro Nicoli (RCGE); Ann Gallagher (Exeter); Kaitlyn Daly (Duke); Sarah Gainsforth (activist)

Chair: Martha Espinosa (Duke)

6-7 PM BST / 1-2 PM EST Temporalities of Care

Speakers: Michael Flexer (Exeter); Martin O’Brien (artist); Deborah Robinson (artist); Laura Salisbury (Exeter)

Chair: Jordan Osserman (Birkbeck)


2-3 PM BST / 9-10 AM EST Technologies of Care

Speakers: Ernesto Schwartz Marin (Exeter); Maddelena Fragnito (artist/activist)

Chair: Tania Rispoli (Duke)


3.15-4.15 PM BST / 10.15-11.15 AM EST Environments of Care

Speakers: Judith Green (Exeter); Elis Jones (Exeter); Dirk Philipsen (Duke); Nicole Barnes (Duke)

Chair: Veronica Heney (Exeter)


4.30-5.30 PM BST / 11.30-12.30 EST Care in Crisis 2

Speakers: Veronica Heney (Exeter); Anne Barlow (Exeter); Mauro Turrini (CSIC/RCGE); Leo Jamelli (artist)

Chair: Laura Salisbury (Exeter)



Care and Waiting: Marion Coutts in Conversation with Laura Salisbury. Tuesday 29th of June

Artist and writer Marion Coutts is best known for her award-winning memoir The Iceberg, written in response to her husband’s diagnosis and eventual death from a brain tumour. In this online event, Marion speaks to Laura Salisbury, Professor of Modern Literature and Medical Humanities at the University of Exeter, about healthcare, waiting times and contemporary art, writing and thinking.

Find out more, including how to access the event livestream, on the Critical Poetics website.

This event is one in a series of free to attend, public events as part of the 2021 Critical Poetics Summer Schoolprogramme:

Friday 25 June — Care in the Time of COVID: Michael Rosen in Conversation
Monday 28 JuneCare for the Stranded: Astrida Neimanis
Tuesday 29 JuneCare and Waiting: Marion Coutts in Conversation with Laura Salisbury
Wednesday 30 JuneInter-species Care: Maya Chowdhry and Mama D Ujuaje in Conversation with Eva Giraud
Thursday 1 JulyTroubling Care: Nat Raha, Bhanu Kapil and Raymond Antrobus
Friday 2 JulyFreedom and Care: Maggie Nelson in Conversation with Seán Hewitt

Organised by the Critical Poetics Research Group at Nottingham Trent University (NTU) in partnership with Nottingham Contemporary and Curated & Created at NTU.

For more details and to register click here.

Dialogues on the time of Covid-19 Summer Series. Thursday 24th of June. Boredom – deprivations and emptiness in the pandemic.

Josh Cohen, psychoanalyst, Professor of Modern Literary Theory and author of “Not Working: Why We Have to Stop” and other books, will be in conversation with Laura Salisbury, Professor in Modern Literature and Medical Humanities, whose wide ranging publications include a book on Beckett and papers on waiting and who is working on the cultural history of waiting in modernity. The dialogue will be chaired by Trudy McGuinness, psychoanalyst.

June 24th, 2021 8:15 PM through  9:45 PM

Remote Event, delivered via Zoom
United Kingdom
Standard Ticket £ 25.00
Concession Ticket £ 15.00

For more details and to register, click here.

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