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CFP: IUAES OP "Anthropologies of Care and Politics of Knowledge: situating care”

Hi everyone,

Please join Cíntia Engel (Federal University of Bahia-UFBA), Eliza Williamson (Washington University in St, Louis), and I (Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul-UFRGS) at our IUAES 2021 Panel "Anthropologies of Care and Politics of Knowledge: situating care”

Call for Papers Deadline is June 30th (

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Helena Fietz (

Cíntia Engel (

Eliza Williamson (

111 - "Anthropologies of Care and Politics of Knowledge: situating care”

Research on care practices is not exactly a novelty in Anthropology. In the past few years, however, we have witnessed the emergence of an “anthropology of care” with scholars focusing on different practices and relations of care such as community networks of care, family care, politics and infrastructures of care. The universe of research has been equally broad, with work on disability, childhood, aging, urbanity, farming, and the environment, dialoguing with several theoretical approaches and equally diverse subjects. Perhaps we could speak of anthropologies of care, plural? Doing research from and within Latin America, we have noted that debates over what care is, how we might engage with it, and how to transform it address dilemmas that at times bear similarities to debates on care in other regions of the world and at other times are detached from them, marking the particularities of Latin American scholarship on care. Following Puig de la Bellacasa’s (2017) work, we propose that in addition to being attentive to the diversity of meanings and theories, it is crucial to bring to the text elements such as where researchers are speaking from, how they are situated within this “anthropology of care,” and which hierarchy of dialogues mark the debate. Thus, in conversation with feminist scholars who call us to think about care on “its own terms” (Mol, 2008; Pols, 2015), we invite researchers to present a situated reflection on internal dynamics of care that also dialogues with the dynamics of the geopolitics of knowledge informed by where from and to whom we write. In this way, we hope to gather papers that converse with the following provocation: how can dialogues and comparisons between ethnographic research conducted in distinct contexts, with different approaches and from diverse localities, transform the way we think the anthropology(ies) of care

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