Communities of Care: Horizontal Care Work in Migrant Communities and Possibilities for Solidarity, with Dr. Valerie Francisco-Menchavez

Department: History

Date and Time: January 25, 2019 | 3:00 PM-4:30 PM

Event Location: HG 1010

Event Details


Communities of Care: Horizontal Care Work in Migrant Communities and Possibilities for Solidarity
w/ Dr. Valerie Francisco-Menchavez
Department of Sociology and Sexuality Studies, San Francisco State University


Friday, January 25th

3:00 pm - HG 1010


This talk explores “communities of care” which uses The Labor of Care’s multidirectional care model in a form of reorganizing care horizontally, from migrants to other migrants informed by their transnational familial experience. Communities of care moves beyond the transnational family into the fictive kin created abroad among migrants. Although the subject of this talk are the relationships between migrants living and working in New York City, the stories demonstrate that migrants actively draw from their transnational subjectivities as transnational family members and domestics worker to build a community of care. Drawing from Queer theories and Black feminist thought on fictive kinship, this talk demonstrates horizontal care among migrants are configured socially rather than biologically.