BCMCR Research Seminar – Gender and Sexuality: The Care Manifesto
1600-1730 Wednesday 17 February
Online event: Please register on Eventbrite at this link; the online meeting link will be emailed out to those who sign up.
We are in the midst of a global crisis of care. How do we get out of it? In this talk The Care Collective address this question by discussing their recently published The Care Manifesto (Verso 2020).
We live in a world where carelessness reigns. It does not have to be this way. The Care Manifesto puts forth a vision for a truly caring world by reimagining the role of care in our everyday lives, making it the organising principle in every dimension and at every scale of life. We are all dependent on each other, and only by nurturing these interdependencies can we cultivate a world in which each and every one of us can not only live but thrive. The Care Manifesto demands that we must put care at the heart of the state and the economy. A caring government must promote collective joy, not just the satisfaction of individual desire. This means the transformation of how we organise work through co-operatives, localism and nationalisation. It proposes the expansion of our understanding of kinship for a more ‘promiscuous care’. It calls for caring places through the reclamation of public space, to make a more convivial city. It sets out an agenda for the environment, most urgent of all, putting care at the centre of our relationship to the natural world.
The Care Collective was formed in 2017, originally as a reading group aiming to understand and address the multiple and extreme crises of care. Each coming from a different discipline, they have been active both collectively and individually in diverse personal, academic and political contexts. Members include: Andreas Chatzidakis, Jamie Hakim, Jo Littler, Catherine Rottenberg, and Lynne Segal.