WORKSHOP – Kinship, Chronic Illness and Responsibility of Care

University of Edinburgh, -, -, Scotland.


*Date:* December 5, 2019, Edinburgh Centre for Medical Anthropology, Social
Anthropology, University of Edinburgh
*Discussants:*  Janet Carsten, Jacob Copeman and Ian Harper.
*Contact*: Emilija Zabiliūtė
*Abstract submission deadline*: September 7, 2019

Chronic illness demands extensive care in patients’ everyday lives, and
often redefines what it means to be a person, a family member and a carer.
It reorganizes subjectivities, affective and embodied intensities of
familial relations in patient’s everyday lives, and their temporalities. It
calls into attention the responsibilities of care and their
transformations. Borrowing Levinas’ notion of responsibility as an ethical
orientation of subjectivity towards the others, the workshop invites papers
to reflect on the ways in which care for chronic illness challenges,
reinforces and shapes the modes, practices and ethics of kinship and
relatedness. The concept of responsibility here serves to interrogate the
ethical orientations of intimacy, relationality and its infinity, and
obligation in lives of families with chronic conditions. It also allows to
explore how families navigate the normative moral and medical regimes
eliciting responsibilities amidst chronic suffering.
This call invites participants to contribute with papers drawing on
ethnographic fieldworks across diverse regions and settings, both in the
Global North and the Global South. The participants will be asked to
circulate the papers in advance. Please submit your abstract of no more
than 400 words to Emilija Zabiliūtė (
<>) by September 7, 2019.

Participants’ travel/accommodation costs will be partially covered.
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