DEFENDING CARING AND WELFARE IN CARELESS TIMES – Selma James at UCD

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PRAXIS and Equality Studies are proud to announce that a Communiversity event will take place on Tuesday March 12th 2013 2.30 – 4.30pm E114, UCD Newman (Arts) Building where renowned activist and author Selma James will address the theme DEFENDING CARING AND WELFARE IN CARELESS TIMES. The event comes at a time when austerity policies, triggered by the global economic meltdown, are devastating already-burdened communities. In particular, the rights and entitlements hard-won over the years by carers, overwhelmingly women, are being senselessly eroded. Despite all of this, care work and other work that women must do for the survival of families and communities continues, unabated and uncelebrated.

Selma James is known for coining the phrase “unwaged” in the 1970s to describe the unremunerated care work done almost universally by women. She continues to address these and other inequalities in her work, and information on her new book Sex, Race and Class, The Perspective of Winning: A Selection of Writings 1952-2011, is available at the end of this press release. She is co-author of the women’s movement classic The Power of Women and the Subversion of the Community. James founded the International Wages for Housework Campaign and is coordinator of the Global Women’s Strike. She is also the widow and former colleague of influential historian CLR James.

PRAXIS is a radical education group that inspires political activism and critical thinking among communities dealing with the stresses of poverty, patriarchy and class injustice on a daily basis. The Communiversity is a forum for such groups to learn, discuss and share information on their struggles. It is also designed to be a counterweight to the hyper-discourse on the economy and to celebrate those who value welfare and caring work, regardless of what state the nation’s economy is in. Admission is free however booking is essential as places are limited. Contact margaret.crean@ucdconnect.ie to reserve your booking. Carers and community activists are particularly encouraged to attend.  This is PRAXIS’ second Communiversity event: the first examined economic alternatives to capitalism and was held in UCD in April 2012.

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  1. Laurence Cox

    March 12, 2013 8:34 am

    Selma James in Maynooth, Wed 13 March, 10.30 am

    How can women defeat austerity?

    13 March, 10.30 am
    John Hume boardroom, 3rd floor John Hume Building, NUI Maynooth

    The session will be followed by an informal conversation over lunch with Selma on “Sex, race and class in Tanzania’s Ujamaa”.

    All welcome but places are limited – contact Theresa.OKeefe AT nuim.ie to book.

    Hosted by:
    Critical political thought, activism and alternative futures research cluster (Sociology)
    MA Community Education, Equality and Social Activism
    Departments of Sociology and Anthropology