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Carework Network News

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.

Steering Committee

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.

Announcing a New Series from Rutgers University Press

We are pleased to announce a new book series from three Carework Network Steering Committee Members, Mignon Duffy, Amy Armenia and Kim Price-Glynn, "Carework in a Changing World."
The rise of scholarly attention to care has accompanied greater public concern about aging, health care, child care and labor in a global world. Research on care is happening across disciplines – in sociology, economics, political science, philosophy, public health, social work and others – with numerous research networks and conferences developing to showcase this work. Care scholarship brings into focus some of the most pressing social problems facing families today. To study care is also to study the future of work, as issues of carework are intertwined with the forces of globalization, technological development and the changing dynamics of the labor force. Care scholarship is also at the cutting edge of intersectional analyses of inequality, as carework is often at the very core of understanding gender, race, migration, age, disability, class and international inequalities.
We seek books that use a carework perspective and engage with the carework literature to examine the following specific topics (among others): 
  • paid carework, workers, and workplaces including education, health care, social service, nonresidential care, and households/domestic work
  • relationships between care recipients and care givers (paid and/or unpaid)
  • unpaid carework in families and communities
  • care in a global context, including migration and care chains
  • policy and activism related to carework, workers, and families 
  • theoretically engaged work related to the ethics or politics of care
  • studies of technology and care
  • scholarship on family or paid work that expands the boundaries of care theory/scholarship (e.g. personal service workers like nail salon technicians)
About the Series Editors
The editors are carework scholars and steering committee members for the Carework Network, an international organization of researchers, policymakers, and advocates involved in various domains of carework. Mignon Duffy is Associate Professor of Sociology at UMass Lowell and a co-editor, with Amy Armenia and Clare L. Stacey of Caring on the Clock: The Complexities and Contradictions of Paid Care. Amy Amy Armenia is a Professor of Sociology at Rollins College. Kim Price-Glynn is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Connecticut and a contributor to Caring on the Clock. 
Authors interested in contributing to this book series should send an extended abstract of no more than two pages to Peter Mickulas at mickulas@press.rutgers.edu for consideration. Any other questions can be directed to the editors at mignon_duffy@uml.edu, aarmenia@rollins.edu and kim.price-glynn@uconn.edu.