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AAA-CFP: How the Personal Becomes Professional: Carework and Caregiving in the Academy

Dear colleagues,

We are looking for presenters for our roundtable on caregiving/work in the academy at the AAA/CASCA Annual Meeting in Vancouver, BC, Canada, November 20-24, 2019, description below. If you are interested in participating, please send a brief reflection (not an abstract) of 100-200 words on what areas of carework/giving have impacted your career and/or informed your research to jill.fleuriet@utsa.edu by March 30. Presenters will be notified by April 4.


CFP: How the Personal Becomes Professional: Carework and Caregiving in the Academy

In a survey of over 400 anthropologists, over 45% reported that caregiving had a negative impact on their careers. Our panel addresses the struggles, potential for collaboration, and the enduring challenges of caregiving in the academy that merge the personal, professional and political. As anthropologists, we claim special insight into the cultural production of structural inequalities. Yet caregiving and carework in the academy are fraught with structural and attitudinal pitfalls that threaten, derail, and decelerate career trajectories of the least represented in the academy. As we advocate for structural changes, how can academic caregivers navigate a professional landscape that, at best, sometimes accommodates for some kinds of caregiving? We detail common experiences among graduate students and colleagues in postdoctoral, adjunct, pretenure, tenured, and administrative roles, including those who have retired. We highlight best practices. Each panelist speaks from our diverse positions in the professional hierarchy in the academy and with data from our peers. We address temporalities of carework and professional trajectories. In particular, we attune to the particulars of how personal experiences have informed the academic trinity: research, teaching and service. Consider this panel theoretically informed praxis. We offer analysis and advice not only for each career stage but also for those above and below us in positional power in the academy.


Thank you,

Jill Fleuriet (organizer, University of Texas at San Antonio), Rebecca Galemba (presenter, University of Denver), Nikky Greer (presenter, Temple University), and Sallie Han (discussant, SUNY Oneonta)


  1. Jill Fleuriet, Ph.D.

Associate Dean, Honors College

Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology

The University of Texas at San Antonio

1 UTSA Circle

San Antonio, Texas 78249


Phone, Honors College. 210-458-7792

Phone, Department of Anthropology. 210-458-5721


Honors College website: http://honors.utsa.edu/

Department of Anthropology website: http://colfa.utsa.edu/ant/

Personal website: https://fleuriet.wordpress.com/


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