CfP: The Second Global Carework Summit

Call for papers, deadline 1 December 2018


The Carework Network is organizing a 2nd three-day conference to bring together carework researchers from across disciplines and across the globe.

The Second Global Carework Summit

June 9-11, 2019 in Toronto, Ontario

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 first Global Carework Summit was held in 2017

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.

In addition to the conference, we will also be publishing a special issue of the International Journal of Care and Caring that will feature papers and other content delivered at the conference. See the call for papers for the special issue below.

Authors and organizers should submit a proposal of their paper, panel, or workshop by email to: (by e-mail only) no later than December 1, 2018.

Decisions regarding acceptances should be made by January 31, 2019

  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.

International Journal of Care and CaringSpecial Issue: Call for Papers

The changing character of carework: New risks and responses

 The world in the early 21st century is one characterized by rapid change, increasing risk (Beck 1992) and growing inequality and insecurity for many (Milanovic 2016). This special issue will analyze both formal and informal carework in the context of the political, social, and economic changes and displacements that have produced the insecurities and risks that mark this period of late modernity. 

 We are focusing on four streams within the special issue, all related to our broader topic. 

 1.    The growth in precarious and low-wage work (Kalleberg 2011) as it relates to informal and formal carework
  • Growth in the low-wage and precarious work and the ability of families to provide care
  • The impact of changes in the economy and labor market on who is providing care, both formally and informally
  • Low-wage work and formal careworkers
  • The expansion of the health care / care sector in today’s economy 

2.    Technology and carework

  • The impact of technology on how care is provided, both informally in the home and formally
  • Depersonalization and technology
  • Technology and job quality/job availability for careworkers

3.    Immigration and carework 

  • Migration of careworkers around the globe
  • Immigrant care economies (immigrants providing elder, disability or child care to other immigrant communities)
  • Informal multigenerational care in immigrant families

4.    The changing family and carework

  • Changes in the structure of the family and the provision of care – single motherhood, dual-earner families, same-sex marriage, etc. 
  • The political context of the family – policy and support (or lack thereof) for families in the provision of care

When submitting your abstract for the Global Summit, please indicate in your email if you would like your paper to be considered for the special issue of the International Journal of Care and Caring. We will be inviting authors to submit a full paper for consideration in the special issue based on abstracts submitted to the Global Summit. Invitations should be made by January 31, 2019. Full papers will be due at the time of the conference. 

Presented by the Carework Network in collaboration with:

  • Gender, Migration & The Work of Care of the Centre for Global Social Policy

and the

  • Changing Places: unpaid work in public spaces Project” at York University, Canada

Funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

Co-sponsored in part by :

  • Department of Sociology, University of Toronto at Mississauga
  • Center for Women & Work, University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • The College of Liberal Arts, Rollins College
  • Centre for Aging Research and Education, York University
  • Asian Institute, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto
  • Department of Sociology, University of Connecticut


Questions about the Global Summit may be directed by email: