CERC Conference 2018: Care Ethics and Precarity

Fist Annual CERC Conference

First CERC Conference 2018

Portland, Oregon, USA
September 27 & 28, 2018

Theme: Care Ethics and Precarity

The Care Ethics Research Consortium (CERC) is a worldwide, interdisciplinary community committed to the robust exploration and advancement of care ethics. Precarity is a rich and widely contested term that can describe a variety of oppressive circumstances. The first ever CERC conference will be hosted by Portland State University.

Keynote Speaker Eva Feder Kittay

We are honored to announce Eva Feder Kittay to be the opening keynote speaker at the conference.

She recently retired as Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Stony Brook University/SUNY; a Senior Fellow of the Stony Brook Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care and Bioethics, and an Affiliate of the Women's Studies Program. Her book Love's Labor: Essays on Women, Equality, and Dependency (Routledge, 1999) has received international attention and has been translated into Japanese and Italian.

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Keynote Speaker Fiona Robinson

We are pleased that Fiona Robinson will deliver the closing keynote address a the conference.

Fiona Robinson is Professor of Political Science specializing in International Relations and Political Theory and the author of The Ethics of Care: A Feminist Approach to Human Security (Temple University Press, 2011), Globalizing Care: Ethics, Feminist Theory and International Relations (Westview Press, 1999), and co-editor, with Rianne Mahon, of Feminist Ethics and Social Politics: Towards a New Global Political Economy of Care (University of British Columbia Press, 2011). Her book The Ethics of Care won the University of Southern California’s J. Ann Tickner Book Prize in 2014.

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Online pre-registration is closed.  There will be on-site online registration available during the conference hours.  Bring a personal mobile-ready device, or you can use a laptop provided on-site.  Checks will be accepted on-site, but online registration is preferred.

The CERC conference will be hosted by Portland State University, Oregon United States.

  • Early Bird Registration: $175 (ends May 31 and increases on June 1 to $200)
  • Student (Outside PSU): $25
  • PSU Students, Staff and Facutly: Free; however, registration is required

Register for the Conference

Note: All presenters must register for the conference. Please register by Thursday, May 31st. Unfortunately, for this first conference, there are no funds to support the cost to participate.

Accommodations & Transportation

The University Place Hotel and Conference Center is the site of the conference. Enter promotional code GROUP for discounted rooms at the Univerisity Place Hotel room reservation site.


The Draft Program Schedule (PDF) is now available.  A final program will be distributed at the conference.


For conference questions, please contact the conference chair, Professor Maurice Hamington at  m.hamington@care-ethics.org

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