June 16-17, 2022
Micro-abstracts due April 15.
Organized by Professors Cyra Akila Choudhury, Meera Deo, and Shruti Rana
Following up from our first COVID Care Crisis Symposium held in January 2021, we now invite colleagues to participate in the second symposium.
This second symposium seeks to take stock of COVID responses and to re-envision the workplace, to imagine the future of work, and to dream new realities for the academy. For legal academia, what has changed? And if change has not come, why not? And for the future, what changes can we envision and implement—individually, collectively, and institutionally? The hard work of rebuilding, renewal and re-imagining has begun, and we invite you to join us in naming, theorizing, and building solidarity to meet these challenges.
Topics proposed in the call for papers include but are not limited to responses to the following:
- What has been the impact on caregivers’ scholarship and knowledge production during the pandemic? What may we have lost in these last two years?
- What is the “new normal” in academia? What should it be?
- What lessons about teaching, scholarship, and service have we learned during the pandemic that we can use in the future to make academia more equitable?
- Has the US learned from the COVID Care Crisis in terms of addressing the needs of families with caregiving responsibilities? What were the international responses that we adopted or failed to adopt?
- How did border closures, conference cancellations, and uneven global impacts of and responses to the pandemic affect inequalities in the global legal profession? What innovations or lessons from the pandemic can we build on to foster a more diverse and accessible profession in the U.S. and globally?
- How has the pandemic changed the legal profession, legal institutions, and law schools? How should legal academia respond to or anticipate these changes?
- In the latter part of the pandemic, we have seen an exodus from work and workplaces; how has this shaped our views of work?
- How can we measure, memorialize or quantify the negative impacts of the pandemic and the COVID Care Crisis on knowledge production, promotion, and equality, from educational contexts to careers to public and civic participation?
- What concrete steps did Promotion and Tenure Committees or other campus leadership take to mitigate the impact of the COVID Care Crisis on faculty and staff at all or any levels? What different strategies were used to support legal scholarship, clinical practice, academic support, leadership positions, or other roles? What could have been done better? How can we better support caregivers in these precarious positions going forward?
- How have things changed or stayed the same for subordinated communities, including those who are in the intersections of race x gender x sexuality in our workplaces?
- If we could reimagine academia into the ideal workplace, what would that look like? How can we achieve it?
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