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The Care Crisis: Emma Dowling in conversation with Helen Hester [online event]

Tuesday March 9, 2021 @ 7:00 pm 8:30 pm GMT

Valuing care and care work does not simply mean attributing care work more monetary value. To really achieve change, we must go so much further.

We are pleased to welcome author Emma Dowling to Housmans to discuss her new book, The Care Crisis, in which she analyses the multi-faceted nature of care in the modern world, from the mantras of self-care and what they tell us about our anxieties, to the state of the social care system.

Emma and Helen will discuss the continued off-loading of the cost of care onto the shoulders of underpaid and unpaid realms of society, untangling how this off-loading combines with commodification, marketisation and financialisation to produce the mess we are living in.


Emma Dowling has lived and worked in London and Birmingham and currently teaches sociology at the University of Vienna. Her writing has appeared in Red Pepper, New Humanist, Financial Times, Open Democracy and Tribune.

Helen Hester is Associate Professor of Media and Communications at the University of West London. Her research interests include technology, social reproduction, and the future of work, and she is a member of the international feminist working group Laboria Cuboniks. Her books include Beyond Explicit: Pornography and the Displacement of Sex (SUNY Press, 2014), Xenofeminism (Polity, 2018), and After Work: The Politics of Free Time (Verso, forthcoming, with Nick Srnicek).


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