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VIRTUAL EVENT: Lessons from COVID-19

11 November 2020, 7:00 pm–8:30 pm

Care worker wearing mask. Image: Luke Jones via Unsplash

In this webinar, Professor Sandra Laugier argues that the pandemic has changed lives throughout the world, teaching us the political relevance of care.

This event is free.

Event Information

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Alison Brady

For more information and to register for the event, please contact Alison Brady. 

The very grammar of care now imposed on us shows our mutual dependence. All are vulnerable, even if not in the same way or to the same degree. 

The lesson of COVID reverses values accepted for decades, even though long denounced by the ethics of care: the most useful professions are the least well paid and lowest in status. 

Professor Laugier proposes that we live in a huge ambiguity specific to care work, which is still underestimated and underpaid, even as its importance emerges in the eyes of all.


Image: Luke Jones via Unsplash

About the Speaker

Sandra Laugier

Professor of Philosophy at University of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne

Sandra is also a Senior Fellow at the Institut Universitaire de France and Co-Director of the Institute of the Legal and Philosophical Sciences of the Sorbonne, Université Paris 1/CNRS

She has published extensively on ordinary language philosophy (Wittgenstein, Austin, Cavell), moral perfectionism (Cavell, Thoreau, Emerson), popular culture (film and TV series), gender studies and the ethics of care. She is Principal investigator of the European Research Council project DEMOSERIES

Her recent books include, ‘Why We Need Ordinary Language Philosophy’ (Chicago University Press, 2013), ‘Formes de vie’ (ed. avec Estelle Ferrarese, 2018), ‘Nos vies en séries’ (Flammarion, 2019) and ‘Politics of the Ordinary: Care, Ethics, and Forms of Life’ (Peeters, 2020).