CERC Conference 2018: Care Ethics and Precarity

Inaugural CERC Conference 2018

Portland, Oregon, USA
September 27 & 28, 2018
Theme: Care Ethics and Precarity

The Care Ethics Research Consortium (CERC) is a worldwide, interdisciplinary community committed to the robust exploration and advancement of care ethics. Precarity is a rich and widely contested term that can describe a variety of oppressive circumstances. The first-ever CERC conference was hosted by Portland State University. We were honored to have Eva Feder Kittay as the opening keynote speaker at the conference, and Fiona Robinson delivered the closing key note address.

Keynote Speaker Eva Feder Kittay

She recently retired as Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Stony Brook University/SUNY; a Senior Fellow of the Stony Brook Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care and Bioethics, and an Affiliate of the Women’s Studies Program. Her book Love’s Labor: Essays on Women, Equality, and Dependency (Routledge, 1999) has received international attention and has been translated into Japanese and Italian.

Keynote Speaker Fiona Robinson

We were pleased that Fiona Robinson delivered the closing keynote address a the conference.

Fiona Robinson is Professor of Political Science specializing in International Relations and Political Theory and the author of The Ethics of Care: A Feminist Approach to Human Security (Temple University Press, 2011), Globalizing Care: Ethics, Feminist Theory and International Relations (Westview Press, 1999), and co-editor, with Rianne Mahon, of Feminist Ethics and Social Politics: Towards a New Global Political Economy of Care (University of British Columbia Press, 2011). Her book The Ethics of Care won the University of Southern California’s J. Ann Tickner Book Prize in 2014.


The Draft Program Schedule (PDF) is still available.  A final program was distributed at the conference.

The conference chair was Professor Maurice Hamington 

Care Ethics and PrecarityCare Ethics and PrecarityCare Ethics and Precarity