Caring for What?

Jun '17

This international workshop takes up the challenge of caring for objects with/in ecologies

Genetically engineered animals; agrochemical dependencies; industrial intensifications; intraspecies survivals. These unfolding concerns call attention to future ecologies and the newly crafted creature interrelations that constitute them. They also present a possible challenge for practices of care, since it is not always evident what version of a thing should be cared for. Situating care can come in handy, as this responds to a partiality of knowledge. But then how to situate care when part of the problem is: caring for what?

This workshop, jointly sponsored by Eating Bodies and RaceFaceID, brings together 4 papers to take up the challenge of caring for objects (things, persons, genes, plants, children, etc) with/in ecologies. We trace newly crafted creatures and their interrelations to inquire into the specificities of caring for transforming relations. What happens when water is not only a natural resource to be saved but also a nurturing substance for plants to be used? How do taste and wilderness cohabitate in contemporary food worlds? How are queer activists retooling what counts as living? What shape might decolonial love take in times of extinction? It is our hope that our cases may contain interesting lessons that can travel to other cases. How to travel — and how to identify what should be cared for as we do so — is part of the challenge that we take up.

Format: Works-in-progress or problem statements will be pre-circulated for audience discussion.

Location: University of Amsterdam

Co-Chairs: Annemarie Mol & Amade M’Charek

Contact: To attend and receive the workshop papers and the meeting location, please rsvp to Carolina Dominguez Guzman,

10.00-10.15 Introduction and concerns

10.15-10.45 Katharine Legun: Taste and post-commodity production: a discussion of wild botany and political food aesthetics
10.45-11.15 Eben Kirksey: CRISPR Trans-Migrations: Gene Editing and Consumer Choices

11:15-11:30 Break

11:30-12:00 Carolina Domínguez Guzmán: Nourishing Waters: human-plant and irrigation practices in mango farming
12:00-12:30 Juno Parreñas: From Ape Motherhood to Tough Love

12:30-13:00 Commentary from Noah Tamarkin & Marianne DeLaet. Group discussion and posing of questions for the afternoon
13:00-14:00 Lunch

14.00- evening Walking Seminar in the Dunes! (For more information, read about these: here).