Politics of Care Conference RSVP

Conference Program

The Politics of Care Conference will take place over 3 days on May 17-19, 2023 at UC Santa Cruz. Please also see the breakout session schedule for details of concurrent sessions. For details on venues, parking, shuttles, COVID protocols, and other travel information please see our logistics page.

We invite you to be part of interdisciplinary discussions centered around themes of neoliberalism, radical care, emotional justice, care in times of crisis, trans and queer care, global politics of care, gendered care, and communities of care. We hope the presentations during this conference will shed light on the often unseen, under-valued, and under-theorized labor involved in “care” and its associated social and political dynamics and conditions.

Graduate Student Call For Abstracts is closed. Selected submissions have been notified via email. We solicited innovative and inter/transdisciplinary, intellectual dialogue to happen in the following four tracks:

  • Neoliberalism, Capitalism, and Care
  • Global Politics, Citizen-making, and Care
  • Environmental Crisis and Care
  • Care as Radical Healing 

Conference Registration is free and open to the public. Meals and promotional items will be provided to all those who register. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP using this link tinyurl.com/CarePoliticsUCSC. The deadline to RSVP is May 8th, 2023 at 11:59pm. Please note that space is limited, and we encourage you to RSVP as soon as possible to secure your spot.


We'd like to thank all our co-sponsors for their generous support and for making this conference possible:

UCSC Division of Graduate Studies

UCSC Center for Labor and Community

UCSC Department of Sociology

UCSC Graduate Student Association

UCSC Department of Latin American & Latino Studies

UCSC Graduate Student Commons

UCSC American Indian Resource Center

UCSC Lionel Cantu Queer Center

UCSC Womxns Center 

VOCES Graduate Student Writing Center

HSI Initiatives 


Graduate Student Conference Committee:

Betania Santos (Chair, PhD Candidate, SOC & LALS DE, and El Centro Graduate Intern)

Boyeong Kim (PhD Candidate, LALS)

Brittney Jimenez (PhD Student, LALS)

Graciela Sierra-Moreno (PhD Student, Literature & AIRC Graduate Intern) 

Koda Sokol (PhD Candidate, SOC & Cantu Queer Center Graduate Intern)


We hope to see you at 2023 El Centro Graduate Student Conference, The Politics of Care at UC Santa Cruz.