Revaluing Care in the Times of Covid-19

A series of conversations focused on the relations of care 

Queer Kinship and Care

Martin F. Manalansan IV (University of Minnesota)
Shelley M. Park (University of Central Florida)
Hil Malatino (Pennsylvania State University)

Pedro Augusto Gravatá Nicoli (Federal University of Minas Gerais)
Riikka Prattes (Duke University)

The COVID-19 pandemic has put care on the agenda globally to a novel degree. This increased attention does not necessarily translate into more complex or nuanced understandings of what counts as care or how communities of care emerge. Instead, governmental interventions and media portrayals alike broadcast, reproduce, and amplify caring for "families," in "bubbles," and "pods" that evince cis/heteronormative notions of kinship and gender relations as undergirding proper care.

This event brings together experts who, from different angles, propose to queer understandings of care labor, care ethics, and kinship. We ask: what might be learned about care by expanding and exploding dominant notions of care to learn from resistant subjects and non-normative kinship relations?

Queering Communities of Care

Speakers: Devynn Emory and Gabriel Garcia Roman

Revaluing Care in the Global Economy, Visualizing Care Series presents artists Devynn Emory and Gabriel Garcia Roman in conversation with Pedro Lasch (Artist & Research Professor of Art, Duke University) and Peter Sigal (Professor of History and Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies, Duke University.How do we visualize care? In particular: How do we make care more visible, and how can we defamiliarize the naturalized and often common-sensical representations of care? And how can we develop a new vocabulary of care - visual, auditory, lexical, etc., - to help us to represent care in new ways?"Queering Communities of Care" launches a series of conversations and accompanying exhibits in which we invite artists, activists, and academics to help us explore these questions. Devynn Emory and Gabriel Garcia Roman will consider how we envision care beyond cis/heteronormative norms and how artistic practices help to trouble the problems of queering care and creating new networks and kinships.Online Visualizing Care Art Exhibit at


Artists in Exhibition: Anna Brody, Devynn Emory, Eleni Tomadaki, Ayan Felix, Ayling Zulema Dominguez, Luca Asta, Gabriel Garcia Roman

Curated by Lauren Henschel and Tania Rispoli

Feminist Lessons on Vaccine Hesitancy