AAI Conferences

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 Upcoming Conference


 Caring Cultures / Cultures of Care

  March 15th & 16th, 2016

  John Hume Building, North Campus



Keynote Speaker: Professor Arthur Kleinman, Department of Anthropology, Harvard University  and Department of Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School.

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Conference Meal/Entertainment Barbecue

On the evening of 15 March, a conference barbecue is being held in Pugin Hall. This optional event costs €18 per person (including wine). Please make your reservation through the PayPal link below:



Care is infrastructural for human beings. Humans experience extreme dependency early in life, usually require at least some assistance at its end, and are likely to require periods of care in their middle years.  Nonetheless, while studies of technologies of care have a long intellectual history (especially in Nursing), care as such has not been central to classic analyses of social life.


Feminist Philosophy and Moral Reasoning, however, engaged care in a serious intellectual way in the 1980s, while the topic has also emerged as a significant policy and economic anxiety in demographically graying societies during the last fifteen years or so.  Since this point, “care” has developed into both a cross-roads and a meeting place for very different critiques of the idea of the bounded, calculating and self-interested subject presumably at the heart of capitalist social formations. Care now positively structures everything from new politics, different economics, new forms of social analysis, genres of art and performance practice, and, indeed, a potentially lucrative area for capital investment. Concepts of care are located in environment/sustainability studies, conflict and human rights, mobility studies, equality studies, and multiple other sites. Still, there are few direct measures of formal care, and the number of studies of informal care-giving (while growing) remains significantly under-developed in comparison to its ubiquity in social life.


This conference wishes to unpack the idea of care in both formal and informal settings through original theoretical and empirical studies. We seek an expansive understanding of this concept and invite papers from Anthropology, Sociology, Ethnomusicology, History, Economics, Nursing and other disciplines. We welcome proposals for both complete panels and for individual papers.


Abstract: 350 words by December 1st to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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