Care Work and Revolt

deadline for submissions: 
January 31, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
Tanya Ann Kennedy
contact email: 

Please consider submitting an abstract to this proposed panel for the American Studies Association's annual conference November 12-15, 2020. 

The abstract deadline is 1/31/2020; final panel proposals are due February 1st.

From the organizing of care work across borders in the International Domestic Workers Federation to rejection of the Davos postfeminism of "lean in," the current moment is rich with activism and scholarship devoted to the role of care in visions of justice. Scholars in economics, health, sociology, history, public policy, humanities, the arts, and environmentalism have taken up the question of care from many perspectives, investigating the politics of embodiment, the racial hierarchies of care, unpaid emotional labor, Marxism and the labor of care, worker organizing, and environmental sustainability. This panel seeks papers that focus on how the turn to an ethics of care might (or might not) challenge the dominant temporal orderings of global capital in its organizing of the future through large-scale  “slow violence” and in the social norms of everyday life.  Simply put, what is the role of care in revolt?

Abstracts should be no longer than 500 words; please include a short biographical statement with your abstract. Email abstracts to

Panelists must be members of ASA by February 1st.