Webinar: Ethics of care in times of crisis

Date: Thursday, 25 June 2020

Time: 10am EDT, 3pm BST, 4pm CET/SAST

Registration: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ethics-of-care-in-times-of-crisis-tickets-107690657656

The unprecedented disruption created by the ongoing pandemic has had a transformational impact on our personal, professional and working lives. At present, we are living and working under unfamiliar and, in many cases, even more precarious conditions. Amidst the challenges of coping and adapting to the present changes, heightened insecurities and uncertainties are met with an increasing demand for caring and supporting different communities (e.g. family, friends, neighbours, colleagues, peers, students) and doing so in  diverse  ways. Diverse narratives co-exist in the middle of the crisis; for instance, whilst many struggle with existential fear for both the present and the future, political discourse has placed attention on keeping the economy going, with narratives about “going back to business as usual” and “adjusting to the new normal”. There are important implications for these narratives; in particular how the crisis has increased and reinforced inequalities that were central to the “old normal”. For example, this crisis has profound gendered and racialised impacts as women and minorities continue to carry most of the burden created by disruption linked to the crisis. 

Against this backdrop, we want to reflect on the ethics of care in times of crisis from a feminist perspective. What are the key aspects of the ethics of care in times of crisis? This webinar looks to develop a space of critical reflection and constructive discussion about our responsibility to ourselves and others. Some of the questions we will reflect about in this webinar are:

  • What would a care-based approach to life and work look like in a time like this? What values should we be promoting in our exchanges and interactions with others and how?
  • How can we deal with the tensions, e.g. between the individual freedom and societal responsibilities? How do we navigate self-care and care for those who are vulnerable? What strategies can/should we develop?
  • What challenges does this crisis pose to solidarity? Are there limits to solidarity in times of crisis? If so, how can we overcome them?
  • What kind of questions do we need to ask and answer to ensure that personal, political and global dialogues consider ongoing inequalities and develop strategies to mitigate them?



This event is jointly organised by the Gender in Management Special Interest Group of the British Academy of Management (https://www.gimsig.ac.uk/), the University of Manchester’s Work & Equalities Institute (https://www.wei.manchester.ac.uk/) and the Institute for Gender and Diversity in Organizations at WU Vienna (https://www.wu.ac.at/en/diversity)

BAM 2019

The BAM2019 conference, with the motto Building and Sustaining High Performance Organisations in Uncertain Times: Challenges and Opportunities, will take place from 3rd to 5th September 2019 at Aston University | Birmingham, UK.

You are welcomed to submit a paper abstract until 22nd February, following this link. We want to highlight, especially, Track 6 Gender in Management.

See you at Aston University.