LOCATION: ONLINE, October 14th and 17th, 2022 10.00 – 16.00 (CET)

The Action is delighted to share the programme of the conference Caring for our own. Politicising and gendering elder care in Europe which took place online on October 14th and 17th, 2022.

This international conference is organized within the framework of COST Action 18119 Who Cares In Europe?, whose aim is to explore the relationships among families, states and voluntary associations in the creation of social welfare in Europe. It consists of two days on-line meetings, hosted by the Centre for the Study of Equal Opportunity Policies (CPES & FSPUB) of the University of Bucharest.

This conference brings together scholars coming from a whole variety of disciplines (history, political science, anthropology, social work, philosophy, sociology, etc.) in order to discuss their chapter proposals submitted for publication in a collective volume. This book seeks to offer a new critical framework for understanding the national configurations of the politics and policies of elder care and the related manifestations of the (de)gendering process across Europe, both within and outside the European Union. It examines the diversity of situations of politicising and gendering elder care, aiming at an in-depth understanding of the ways in which elder care became an arena of political struggle and the object of (de)gendering public policies in different European countries. It brings together contributions that examine how elder care became (or not) a political concern from various angles, such as long-term care policies, home and/or institutionalised care services, and family care and the extent to which the gendered aspects of elder care policies are more or less salient in different national contexts.