Emma Dowling
Ways Out of the Care Crisis

As the world becomes seemingly more uncaring, the calls for people to be more compassionate and empathetic towards one another—in short, to care more—become ever more vocal. There is no easy fix. The deep and multifaceted crises of our time will not be solved by simply (re)instilling the virtues of empathy. In her talk, Emma Dowling looks at the continued off-loading of the cost of care onto the shoulders of underpaid and unpaid social strata and the short-term fixes to the care crisis, asking what it would mean to seriously value care in a world like ours.

Emma Dowling is a sociologist and political scientist with research interests in social change, social justice, financialization, political economy, social reproduction, affective labor, welfare state transformation, and the crisis of care, topics she addresses in her recent book The Care Crisis: What Caused It and How Can We End It? Dowling lives in Vienna.

10.10., 14:00

In English