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03/13/2019 - 03/15/2019 | Augsburg

Blurring Boundaries – Rethinking Gender and Care

„Blurring Boundaries – Rethinking Gender and Care“ is the international closing conference of the interdisciplinary Bavarian Research Association ForGenderCare „Gender and Care. Dynamics of care in the context of institutions, practices, technology, and media in Bavaria.“

At present, Western societies are undergoing multiple processes of profound change. Globalization, economization and neo-liberalism transform formerly nationally organized industrial societies into markets within a highly interdependent global economy. A transformation or dismantling of the Western welfare state can be observed. Simultaneously, a growing individualization of lifestyles and an increasing privatization of responsibilities entail an ongoing erosion of traditional (and often invisible) care networks. New employment patterns, pluralized family forms, changing gender roles, altered conceptions of maternity and paternity, changed family care net- works and the professionalization of hitherto rather privately organized care practices make it necessary to rethink care and its social organization.

Such dynamics challenge the (traditional, but still influential) gendered respectively fe-minized nature and notion of care. Today, care is not a female „labor of love” anymore, invisibly done in the private sphere of the family. Care has become a subject of struggle – not only in everyday life (when families and other care networks desperately try to meet the care receivers’ existential human needs), but also in the political sphere (where solutions for the “care crisis” are urgently sought) and finally in public discourse (where shortcomings in the field of care are increasingly addressed). In sum, care can be regarded as the focal point of many (allegedly) controversial social processes whose color spectrum and gender implications shall be illuminated by the conference.

Information on participating / attending:
Please register by emailing to no later than January 20th, 2019. Please note that there is no conference fee. The conference dinner, however, will need to be paid for individually.


03/13/2019 17:00 - 03/15/2019 15:30

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Event venue:

Räume 1010 und 1012 in der Juristischen Fakultät (Gebäude H), Universitätsstraße 24
86159 Augsburg

Target group:

Journalists, Scientists and scholars



Subject areas:

Nutrition / healthcare / nursing, Social studies

Types of events:

Conference / symposium / (annual) conference




Michael Hallermayer


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