Care Ethics Otherwise: A Conference

June 9–10, 2023
Penn State University Park
Marriott Foundation Building (formerly the Oak Building)

 Friday, June 9, 2023

Conference Program

1:00 PM–1:15 PM 


Clarence Lang, Susan Welch Dean of the College of the Liberal Arts and Professor of African American Studies

1:15 PM–2:30 PM

Panel 1
Libbie Rifkin, “Beyond “Drugs into Bodies”: Mutual Aid, Universal Design, and ACT UP Philadelphia’s Structures of Care” 
Mercer Gary, “Self-Care and Self-Responsibilization:  Case Studies in Telemedicine”
Mark Ortiz, “Caring Across Generations, Geographies, and Species: Transnational Youth Climate Organizing and Planetary Care Ethics”
Moderator: Amy McKiernan

2:30 PM–2:45 PM


2:45 PM–4:00 PM

Panel 2

Abram J. Lewis and Myrl Beam, “Witnessing the Present: Caring about Care in Trans Oral History”
Ariel Dela Cruz, “‘Did You Take Your Arnica?’: Transmasculine and Tomboy Performances of Care”
Amy Marvin, “The Art of Trans Care: Agency and Conflict in Celeste”

Moderator: Paige Chapman

4:00 PM–4:30 PM


4:30 PM–6:00 PM


Sami Schalk, Jess Waggoner, and Jina Kim
“QueerCrip Kinship and Care in Pandemic Times”

(Available on Zoom)

6:00 PM

Dinner on your own

Saturday, June 10, 2023

9:00 AM–10:00 AM


10:00 AM–11:15 AM


“Care Ethics Otherwise” special issue of Essays in Philosophy with authors
Joshua Barnett, Zena Sharman, Ashley Lamarre, and Katharine Wolfe

(Available on Zoom)

11:15 AM–12:30 PM


12:30 PM 2:00 PM


Martin Manalansan
“The Moral Proxemics of Care: Reflections on Pandemics Past and Present”

(Available on Zoom)

2:00 PM2:15 PM


2:15 PM 3:30 PM

Panel 3

Vrinda Dalmiya, “Differently Relational and Variously (ir)Responsible: Care Ethics in a Settler Colonial State”
Jules Wong, “Caring Desires: Affect and Reasons”
Kelly Gawel, “There is No Natural Care! Transformative Justice and the Violence of Normative Care”

Moderator: Zinhle ka’Nobuhlaluse

3:30 PM4:00 PM


4:00 PM5:15 PM

Panel 4

Margaret McLaren, “Is Abolishing the Family an Ethics of Care?”
Rhiannon Lindgren, “Reproductive Struggle as Care: Opposition, Abolition, and Feminist Politics”
Siobhan Pokorney, “Radical Ethics of Care: Supporting, Not Reporting, Black Disabled Mothers and Families in Need”  

Moderator: Kris McLain

5:15 PM5:30 PM


5:30 PM6:45 PM

Panel 5

Sohini Chatterjee, “Care, Migrant Neuroqueer Temporality, and Subversion of Access Essentialism as Equity”
B. Ethan Coston, “Ontologically Intimate and Mad as Hell: Ruminations on Neuroqueer Care”
Shaun Respess, “Resentment as Responsiveness: Psychiatric Care and the Problem of Ethical Loneliness”

Moderator: Amy Baehr