Call for Abstracts: Global Carework Summit

Come join us at our Global Carework Summit in Lowell MA June 1-3 2017!!!

Deadline for abstracts December 1 (November 1 to be considered for special issue). Why should you come?

  1. Be inspired and challenged by Shahra Razavi and Nancy Folbre, each of whom will be giving a keynote address.
  2. Attend screenings of innovative films related to carework.
  3. Engage with Joan Tronto and an international panel of scholars about the implications of her book Caring and Democracy in a global context.
  4. Join top scholars for featured sessions on aging and elder care, the economics of care and other critical topics.
  5. Dialogue with carework scholars from Costa Rica, Chile, Israel, Australia, Germany, South Africa, and many other countries around the world (add your country here by coming to join us!!).
  6. Participate in a collective conversation leading to a research and action agenda.
  7. Enjoy the affordability of the conference registration fee and hotel prices — and opportunities for even better deals if you want to volunteer to help out.
  8. Explore the historic city of Lowell, an important site for industrialization, women’s work, and labor organizing, with a narrated walking tour.
  9. Contribute to a special issue of the journal New Solutions focused on the health and safety of paid care workers.
  10. Be part of the first stand alone conference the Carework Network has held in a number of years — and the first with a truly global reach.

The Call for Papers is below and more information is available at Please forward far and wide – and we look forward to seeing you in Lowell in June.

To keep up with the Carework Network join the listserv by sending an email to Darcie_Boyer@uml.eduand join our Facebook group The Carework Network.

Global Carework Summit

June 1-3, 2017

University of Massachusetts Lowell

Lowell, MA


Carework Special Issue

New Solutions: A Journal of Environmental and Occupational Health Policy.


The Carework Network is organizing a three-day conference to bring together carework researchers from across disciplines and across the globe. In conjunction with the conference, we are guest editing a special issue of the journal New Solutions devoted entirely to Carework.
The Carework Network is an international organization of scholars and advocates who focus on the caring work of individuals, families, communities, paid caregivers, social service agencies and state bureaucracies. Care needs are shifting globally with changing demographics, disability movements, and climate change driven environmental crises. Our mission is to address critical issues related to carework, such as how identities influence carework; how inequality structures carework; how caring work is recognized and compensated; how state policies influence the distribution of care; working conditions of care; and whether and to what extent, citizens have a right to receive, and a right to provide, care.  Scholars and advocates working on issues related to elder care, child care, health care, social work, education, political theory of care, social reproduction, work/family, disability studies, careworker health and safety, and related issues are encouraged to submit proposals.

The Carework Network welcomes submissions from all academic disciplines, advocacy and non-profit organizations, and public and private sector organizations. We also encourage participation by undergraduate and graduate students. We invite proposals for papers, fully-constituted panels, or workshops.

For the Global Summit

Authors and organizers should submit a proposal of their paper, panel, or workshop to e-mail only) no later than December 1, 2016.

  1. Individual paper submissions should include title, names and contact information for author(s), and an abstract of 300 words maximum;
  2. Fully constituted panel proposals should include a general title/theme, contact information for the organizer, and title, author, contact information, and abstract (300 words maximum) for each paper.
  3. Workshop proposals should include a title/theme, 300 word abstract, and names and contact information for all participants.

Decisions regarding acceptances should be made by January 15, 2017, with the program schedule available by the end of February.

For the Journal Special Issue:

In conjunction with this conference New Solutions seeks high quality manuscripts for a special issue dedicated to understanding work environment and occupational health in relationship to paid carework. In practice, this conceptualization of paid care generally includes those who work in the industries of health care, education and child care, mental health, and social services. Authors who wish to have their papers considered for inclusion in this special issue of New Solutions should submit their proposal as detailed above no later than November 1, 2016.

For proposal submissions, please follow the same procedure for conference submission but note November 1Deadline.  Indicate clearly that you are submitting for the journal special issue.

Full manuscripts for accepted proposals will be due May 1, 2017. Accepted papers will be published February, 2018.

Potential topic areas for the journal special issue include: 

  • Discussions of the (hidden) cost and value of care and the interaction of this with the work environment and occupational health outcomes
  • Worker’s perspectives on the impact of job quality and work environment on their lives including relationships with care recipients, client families, supervisors, worker’s families or support networks
  • Evaluation or assessment of sustainable or novel models of worker health and safety training that empower care workers to contribute to health and safety policies and practices in the workplace.
  • Analysis of unique work environments in care occupations that impact hazard risk in terms of workplace injury, safety or health outcomes.
  • Discussions or evaluation of models for measuring work stress and/or its impact on outcomes in the context of care occupations and their situation in larger organizations.
  • Analyses of the impact of integrated campaigns for carework and human rights: such as immigrant rights movements, black lives matter campaign and criminal justice reform.
  • Policy studies related to payment and support of care occupations and the potential or realized impact on working conditions, work environments or hazards experienced.
  • Studies of social movements related to worker rights, work-based policies, health policies, or immigration policies related to care occupations.
  • Studies of the professionalization of carework: expanding regulatory requirements for training, education, and credentialing and their implications for incumbent workers
  • International comparisons: How do carework dilemmas vary by political economy, welfare state, and cultural differences.

Questions about the Global Summit or the special issue may be directed to

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