I. “Families and Patterns of Care”, April 24-26, University of South Africa, South Africa.

Various forms of physical, emotional and financial care are required by individuals over their life course. Family members are usually the prime caregivers and caregiving may take place with or without external support from other individuals of institutions. Apart from expected caregiving over the life course (for example care needs of young children and frail elderly people), various other forms of temporary care (for example short illnesses) and long term care (for example chronic illness of a severe handicap) may also confront families. Families may also have to take on such caring tasks under difficult circumstances such as displacement or within a context of family conflict.

We propose the following sub-themes for the conference but additional themes are also welcomed:

– Intergenerational care;
– Feminist ethics of care and work-life balance;
– Support and care for sick and disabled family members;
– Migratory families and patterns of care;
– African families in different contexts;
– Families, kin networks and external support of care;
– Paid care;
– Exploitation of paid and unpaid caregivers;
– Care within separated families;
– Siblings taking on care activities;
– Family policy;
– The interplay between health care and families.

Family and gender specialists are invited to participate in the conference by presenting papers covering aspects related to this theme.

Please submit an abstract of between 300 and 600 words before 15 January 2017 to here.

II. “Inequalities & Families: An Interdisciplinary Perspective”, November 30 — December 1, National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), Mexico City, Mexico.

Latin America remains the most unequal region in the world. According to the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), by 2014, the richest 10% of the population in Latin America had concentrated 71% of the wealth of the region. Women and children, young and older, ethnic communities suffer the most unequal distribution of wealth in the region. Inequalities are always in plural, as there are inequalities in access to education, inequalities in access to health services, gender inequalities, intergenerational inequalities, work inequalities based on different conditions and access to labour, inequalities of living standards, inequalities on access to cultural activities, inequalities based on colour of skin, among others.

Inequalities create disadvantaged that accumulate from generation to generation, from past to the present. They reproduce and remain in spite of government and non government actions and policies. Are we doomed for living in inequalities in Latin America and the Caribbean? That is the question which brings researchers on family issues to Mexico City to rethink and take actions on inequalities. Particularly, the Committee on Family Research must confront these issues and create analytical frameworks of understanding global issues. Rethinking inequalities in Latin America and the Caribbean will contribute to achieve understandings of inequalities in Asia, Africa, North America and Europe, and vice versa. We share the same global problems: social exclusions, unsustainable development, climate change, the ambivalent role of technology in our lives, and negative effects of economic system.

Alicia Bárcena, Executive Secretary of ECLAC clearly stressed: “equality is the goal”. Let our meeting in Mexico City create the path of structural change in theory and practice on inequalities and families.

This conference will provide a forum for scholarly papers on families and inequalities. Topics include (but are not limited to):

– Conceptual and methodological approaches
– Comparative and interdisciplinary studies
– Latin American and Caribbean Families
– Intergenerational perspectives
– Cross-cultural families
– Migrations and diasporas
– Work and care
– Gender and sexuality
– Sports and leisure
– Ageing and inequalities

Send your abstract (max. 300 words) to rc06.isa@politicas.unam.mx

Deadline for abstracts: July 31, 2017