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Feminist Geographer, Victoria Lawson: “A Crisis of Care and a Crisis of Borders: Towards Caring Citizenship” (Wed, Nov. 7th)

On Wednesday, November 7, UW Professor of Geography Victoria Lawson will present the first Katz Distinguished Lecture of the 2012-13 academic year.

In her talk, Lawson considers the ethics and practices of care in the global era and invites a collective conversation about how we frame social citizenship, how we care and who cares for whom.  As the demand for care in the U.S. is rapidly increasing while public support for care is falling dramatically, care needs are increasingly met in the market place where care is simultaneously commodified and devalued. According to Lawson, this “crisis of care” is often borne by low-income care providers, many of whom are racial-ethnic women who may be immigrants and who are often assumed to be undocumented. Here, she contends, the crisis of care meets a border crisis.

Since 1996, immigrants’ rights have been curtailed and border enforcement has been intensified and rescaled. Lawson explores how efforts to control the movement and work of undocumented migrants and asylum seekers have unleashed new spatial strategies of border enforcement that have shifted where the border is, and for whom the border comes into being. In some states, borders are being enforced in communities, workplaces, hospitals and schools. These border practices intensify the vulnerability of low-wage care providers regardless of their citizenship status, and contribute to the devaluation of care.

An internationally respected feminist geographer, Lawson is co-founder of the Relational Poverty Network and Middle Class Poverty Politics project. A past-president of the Association of American Geographers, she is also the author of Making Development Geography (2007) and serves as editor for the journal Progress in Human Geography.

Her lecture, “A Crisis of Care and a Crisis of Borders: Towards Caring Citizenship,” will take place in Kane Hall, Room 110, at 7pm.

Free and open to the public.

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She's With Me is the brain child of three feminists who got tired of emailing each other every time they caught wind of a womanist event, so they created a separate space to house their feminist calendar. The benefits would be twofold: fewer emails cluttering up their inboxes, and more people learning about Seattle's growing feminist community. She's With Me aims to be a feminist hub, where all the goings on of different organizations are collected in one place. Our plans for the site include reviews/write-ups of events, interviews with local feminist activists, news updates, and essays, poetry, and art by feminists. The Fourth Wave of Feminism is here, and She's With Me will be the feminist scrap book documenting our herstory as it unfolds.

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