Fisher Center: Home and the “Caring Economy” – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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Fisher Center: Home and the “Caring Economy”

In her Wednesday, Nov. 9 Fisher Center lecture, “Labor of Love: Social Reproduction and the Politics of Care,” Premilla Nadasen will examine the concept of the “caring economy,” which has often been used to describe the labor of social reproduction — both paid and unpaid labor in the home. She will explore the politics of care in the movement for household workers’ rights in the 1970s and how it erased rather than highlighted the artificial distinction between work inside and outside the home.

An associate professor of history at Barnard College and a scholar-activist who writes and speaks on issues of race, gender, social policy and labor history, Nadasen is most interested in visions of social change, and the ways in which poor and working-class people, especially women of color, have fought for social justice.  She has published extensively on the multiple meanings of feminism, alternative labor movements, and grass-roots community organizing.  She is the author of the award-winning “Welfare Warriors,” which documents the welfare rights movement claim to a basic minimum income in the 1960s. Her most recent book is “Household Workers Unite” (Beacon 2015), a history of domestic worker activism in the post-war period.

Nadasen’s talk begins at 7 p.m. in the Fisher Center.

Examining the theme “No Place Like Home,” the 2016-17 Fisher Center lecture series explores the diverse productions of and investments in the concept of “home” in the context of capitalism and technology, refugee crises and ecological catastrophe, policing and colonialism, and more.

Founded in 1998, the Fisher Center for the Study of Women and Men brings together faculty, students, and experts in gender-related fields in the arts, humanities, and social and natural sciences to foster mutual understanding and social justice in contemporary society.