Session in RC 32: III ISA Forum of Sociology Vienna 2016 (http://www.isa-sociology.org/forum-2016/)

Global Sociology and Feminist Perspectives on Care, Care Work and the Struggle for a Careful World

In times of contemporary economic, political and social change we are witnessing a fundamental restructuring of care and care work coming along with social inequalities. Different parallel, intersecting and/or interdependent processes can be observed:

– the commodification und rationalization of social reproduction, care and care work by care industries and entrepreneurship, scientific and technological innovations (like care robots, social freezing)

– the commodification, de-commodification, and re-location of care between market, state, third sector, households, and networks

– trans- and international migration and migrants‘ work in global care chains and the care gaps in and between the societies of the Global North and South, East and West

– feminist/social protest and movements for a careful society acting between criticism of capitalism and struggling for a better life in social and ecological perspective

The session aims to bring together research from around the world. Questions are: How are care and care work reorganized and reshaped? What are its preconditions and effects in terms of social inequalities? What are the main theoretical and empirical perspectives, approaches and results of research in different parts of the world? How are sociological and feminist approaches on care and care work challenged to bring the local and the global together? What can and shall a global sociology and feminist perspectives on care and care work afford in the context of civil society’s protest and social movements?

Deadline of abstract submission: September, 30th, online submission RC 32:



Prof Dr. Brigitte Aulenbacher, Section Feminist Theory and Gender Studies in the Austrian Sociological Association and Johannes Kepler University Linz, brigitte.aulenbacher@jku.at

Prof Dr. Brigitte Liebig, Committee Gender Studies in the Swiss Sociological Association and University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland, brigitte.liebig@fhnw.ch

Prof Dr. Encarnación Gutiérrez Rodríguez, Section Women’s and Gender Studies in the German Sociological Association and Justus-Liebig University of Gießen, e.gutierrez-rodriguez@sowi.uni-giessen.de





Please find below a copy of the last programme and detailed panel information, which can also be seen in the “Programme” and “Panels” tabs of the website. The Art Exhibition Programme is also listed below.


Programme [version 07 Nov 2014]

Programme Material Matters (updated 12 11 2014)

Panel Sessions (updated 12 11 2014)

Art Exhibition (updated 11 11 2014)


Please find below the Call For Papers for the conference:

CFP – Conferencia Internacional Cuestiones Materiales (Español)

CFP – International Conference Material Matters (English)

CFP – Internationale Konferenz Materialität (Deutsch)


The registration forms are now available here.

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