The international conference about social care for dependent people raises challenges to achieve gender equality

It will be held in Tarragona on September 12th and 13th and abstracts can be sent until April 30th.

The International Conference: Caring for elderly and dependent people. Promoting gender equality and social justice will take place on September 12th and 13th of 2019 at campus Catalunya of Universitat Rovira i Virgili (Tarragona, España). It will bring together international social science researchers to acknowledge the current challenge of democratising care at many different levels of the care organisation.

The conference is organized by the Department of Anthropology, Philosophy and Social Work de la URV, Universitat de Barcelona, CONJUST, l’ITA Association of Anthropology and the Gendercare Project.

Care is still disproportionally provided by the family and women, as the progressive and increasing role of men in childcare is not matched by a similar level of involvement in the care of dependent people and the elderly. Ways to enabling men to enter elderly and dependent care is an urgent yet understudied issue.

The conference invites to reflect on the current distribution of care work from an intersectional perspective in various fields, and from four thematic areas:

  1. Who cares for the elderly and dependent people in families?
  2. Care as a labour sector: gender, class and foreign policy
  3. Communitarian experiences of care: reproduction or innovation of gender and class roles?
  4. Desires and agency of care-receivers

The reception of abstracts is open until April 30th and it is necessary to send them to the e-mail gendercare@urv.cat.  The languages of the congress are Spanish and English indistinctly. Information on registration, symposia and conferences will be provided later. Travel and accommodation expenses will not be covered.

More information can be found on the congress website, and questions can also be sent to the e-mail address gendercare@urv.cat.

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