Global Carework Summit
We hope everyone’s keeping well and safe. Due to the unprecedented circumstances brought on by the COVID-19 global pandemic, the Carework Network will postpone the third biennial Global Carework Summit for one year, until June of 2022. We are working closely with Juliana Martínez Franzoni at Universidad de Costa Rica. We are hopeful that this additional time will enable us to better understand the issues surrounding COVID-19 and, in particular, health, travel, and funding considerations for this conference. We will keep everyone updated with developments between now and then.
Carework & COVID-19
Postponing the summit enables us to seize this historic moment to address care in meaningful and public ways. We are currently working to create a virtual hub to frame, capture, and organize the ever-growing world-wide conversations around care already happening on The Carework Network Listserv and Facebook page. The Carework Network’s coordinating committee wants to support and participate in these conversations; facilitate research collaboration; and extend access to feminist carework research and policy work and activism related to paid and unpaid care.
We thank the outgoing Carework Network co-chairs, Janette Dill and Jennifer Craft Morgan for their ongoing work and dedication to the network. Janette and Jennifer, along with Cynthia Cranford and Carework Network Steering Committee members, produced a tremendously successful second biennial 2019 Global Carework Summit at the University of Toronto in Juneof 2019 with 220 attendees, representing 16 countries (and six continents) including the United States, Canada, Australia, Sweden, UK, Germany, New Zealand, Slovenia, Korea, Singapore, South Africa, Japan, Jamaica, Netherlands, Argentina, and Costa Rica.
In 2019, Janette accepted a new position at the University of Minnesota in the Division of Health Policy and Management. Jennifer became a Victor W. Marshall Fellow with the Southern Gerontological Society and also serves as a faculty member at the Gerontology Institute at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia.
Our new Steering Committee, made up of more than two dozen Network members, has been hard at work since September, focused on the next Summit, organizational sustainability, and plans for a Network sponsored journal. They are led by our new Carework Network co-chairs, Amy Armenia and Kim Price-Glynn.
Amy Armenia (Rollins College) was a founding member of the Carework Network, joining in 2000. Kim Price-Glynn (University of Connecticut) joined the network in 2017. In February (2020) Amy, Kim, and Mignon Duffy (University of Massachusetts Lowell) organized the Eastern Sociological Society Carework Mini Conference that featured five panels and twenty papers related to paid and unpaid care around the world.