Victoria Lawson, a UW geography professor, will kick off the 2012-2013 Katz Distinguished Lectures in the Humanities series with a talk titled “A Crisis of Care and a Crisis of Borders: Towards Caring Citizenship” to take place in Kane Hall, room 110 at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 7.
An internationally-respected feminist geographer, Lawson’s research focuses on how human relations have been altered by new modes of mobility, technology and inequality.
In her talk, Lawson will discuss the ethics and practices of care in the global era and how the demand for care in the U.S. is rapidly increasing while public support for it falls. According to Lawson, this “crisis of care” is often borne by low-income care providers, many of whom are racial-ethnic women who may be immigrants and who are often assumed to be undocumented.
She will also explore how the crisis of care meets a border crisis, and how efforts to control the movement and work of undocumented migrants and asylum seekers have unleashed new spatial strategies of border enforcement that have shifted where borders are located.
Katz Lectures, which are free and open to the public, are organized by UW’s Simpson Center for the Humanities.