TBS: Care 2023-2024
April 11–13, 2024
& 4 preliminary workshop meetings, TBA
The focus for this year’s symposium will be “Care,” broadly construed. The topic is obviously urgent. In the context of compounding health and environmental emergencies, elder and childcare crises, the erosion of bodily and familial autonomy, and the continued gutting of a social safety net, care and interventions escorted by notions of same are ever more pressing. We understand care in this duality: as both a coercive paternalistic tool and as profoundly generative. Meanwhile, public debate is often inchoate. The study of care can build on a diverse array of disciplines and fields: sociology, feminist theory, law, economics, geography, history, anthropology, rhetoric, political science, and ecology, as well as fiction, informatics, black studies, public health, human rights, media studies, journalism, international affairs, education, and policy studies, to name only the most obvious.
This year's workshop group is co-convened by:
Sarah Knott, Sally M. Reahard Professor, History, College of Arts and Sciences
Hannah Zeavin, Assistant Professor, Informatics, Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering
Two external fellows will join us this year.
The workshop will be limited to 12-14 participants, drawn from as diverse a range of disciplines as possible. Each participant would contribute a title or two to a common bibliography. This bibliography would constitute the cross-disciplinary “intellectual reserves” held in common by members of the symposium. At the workshop, each member would present some kind of evidentiary artifact (a text, a data set, a model, a case study, an anecdote, an image) relevant to the question at hand. This presentation would be followed by a broad conversation about the artifact presented and the question or problem it poses. The specific outline of the conversation and its possible outcomes will depend greatly on the participants. These might include individual publications or collaboratively authored material such as a white paper.
Participants will receive $1000 in research funds.
The IAS welcomes applications from members of the campus community interested in thinking about the epistemological, methodological, conceptual and interpretive potential of contemporary research on care.
To apply, please send a CV and a 250-word statement outlining the reasons for your application, and a possible 'case study,' or other methodological / conceptual issue relevant to the question at hand and taken from your research or professional interests.
Send these materials directly to: email@example.com.
DEADLINE for applications: May 15, 2023
*Extended to May 21, 2023