Who cares? The care emergency and feminist responses

Event Date: 22 – 24 June 2017
Birkbeck, University of London
Birkbeck Main Building
Torrington Square
London WC1E 7HX

The Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities in collaboration with British Comparative Literature Association, Birkbeck Gender and Sexuality (BiGS), the Birkbeck Institute for Social Research, and Mapping Maternal Subjectivities, Identities and Ethics (MaMSIE) presents:

Feminist Emergency – International Conference

Panel 3:

Who cares? The care emergency and feminist responses

This panel addresses issues of care and caring and asks what responses are needed and possible in the context of the crisis of care that has emerged both locally and globally.
Physical and mental health, combined with complex social needs, have produced new urgency at every level of the care agenda. Yet the nature of care and its delivery through our existing healthcare systems would seem to be marked by failure and crisis. Issues of difference, diversity and equality are intricately imbricated in this crisis, both in the realms of professional care – for instance, medical, nursing or social care – and in the spaces of community, domestic and intimate care. This panel looks at four areas of the diverse, interrelated and often over-determined crisis of care: the contemporary experience of nursing and nursing training in the UK; the shaping of healthcare provision and delivery in the UK; the delivery of mental health care across diverse ethnic communities; and the contributions of feminist and queer thought to an understanding of time and care in healthcare settings.
Lisa Baraitser (Birkbeck, University of London)
Debbie Field (Consultant Nurse, Complex Ventilation, Royal Brompton Hospital, London)
Pat Oakley (Former Special Adviser to the House of Commons Select Committee on Health and currently supporting the following Dept. of Health and NHS England’s Policy Programmes: 7 Day Services Review; Cardiac Care Services Review, and the Genomics Strategy)
Chair: Carolyn Burdett (Birkbeck, University of London) and Jo Winning (Birkbeck, University of London)



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