From self-care to collective care?

From self care to collective care? A Gender and Sexuality Research Forum event supported by the Sociology Department

In these difficult times when so many people are given overpressured workloads we are frequently encouraged to look after ourselves and practice acts of ‘self-care’. Yet to what extent is this primarily an individualistic response? How might we practice forms of collective care instead? In this seminar members of two different collectives discuss how they envisage and practice collective forms of care, what that involves, and what it’s like working together.

The Res-Sisters are a feminist collective of early career academics. The group’s collective interests include challenging inequality both within and outside of academia, resisting the neoliberal agenda and making space for alternative voices to be heard.

The Micropolitics Research Group is interested in hierarchies in social organisation and the relationships between everyday and mundane encounters and wider social and political phenomena. They’ll be talking about authorship in academia and the art field, and their use of the photoromance.

Lynne Segal is Anniversary Professor of Psychology and Gender Studies at Birkbeck and the author of numerous books including Making Trouble and Radical Happiness (Verso).

Rosalind Gill is Professor of Cultural and Social Analysis at City; her books include Gender and the Media (Polity) Aesthetic Labour (Palgrave) and Gender and Creative Labour (Polity).


When – Wednesday 18th October

Time – 5pm – 7pm

Where – A130 College Building City, University of London, St John Street London EC1V 4PB