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An online public conference by Elke Krasny
Friday 9 February 2024 from 5 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. (CET), 6 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. Greek time

Organised by the G. & A. Mamidakis Foundation

The second in a series of five online public conferences, organised by the G&A Mamidakis Foundation in the context of Care Ecologies, an ongoing cooperative project among five partners from Greece, Croatia and Spain. Co-funded by Creative Europe. More information about Care Ecologies HERE.


Care is essential for life and survivance. The social and ecological fabric of existence is woven by care. But how is care being cared for in political and economic terms?  How is care understood as a specific way of knowing the planet and relating to the world? How does knowing change if the analysis of the condition of the planet and the world starts from relations of care?

In the name of care, nation states have promoted the colonial supremacist project of patriarchy. In the name of freedom, so-called second wave feminism identified caring labors as burden hindering women’s creativity, intellectual productivity, and economic mobility. In the name of health, nation states and international organizations have called for a war against the virus in pandemic times and have turned care workers into Covid-warriors. Tracing how modern colonial ontologies of gender were linked to mammalian epistemologies and their political economy of care essentialism, this lecture reflects on what kinds of analysis are needed for liberating care from patriarchal violence and capitalist extraction. Presenting the aims of feminist recovery plans, which were written by policy makers, care workers, activists, and researchers during the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, this lecture asks how feminist recovery against care violence can be imagined and put into practice.


The event will be in English. Below times shown in Greek time.

6.00 p.m. – 6.10 p.m. Welcome and Introduction

6.10 p.m. – 6.50 p.m. Elke Krasny, Feminist Recover: Against Care Violence

6.50 p.m. – 7.30 p.m. Questions, Discussion


Elke Krasny, PhD, Professor at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. Krasny focuses on concerns of care, reproductive labor, social and environmental justice, commemorative practices and transnational feminisms in art, architecture, infrastructures and urbanism. In 2023, she received the Gabriele Possanner Award for promoting gender research in Austria. Krasny supervises PhD students whose work is concerned with contemporary feminisms, art, art education, architecture, and curation. 

Together with Angelika Fitz she edited Critical Care. Architecture and Urbanism for a Broken Planet (MIT Press, 2019). Together with Lara Perry, she edited Curating as Feminist Organizing (Routledge, 2023) and Curating with Care (Routledge, 2023). Her book Living with an Infected Planet. Covid-19 Feminism and the Global Frontline of Care (transcript publishers, 2023) focuses on militarized care essentialism and feminist recovery plans in pandemic times. Together with Urska Jurman she initiated the group Ecologies of Care and currently works on establishing approaches to Feminist Infrastructural Critique.

Online public event organised by the G. & A. Mamidakis Foundation as part of Care Ecologies, a Creative Europe cooperation project  with Idensitat, What, How & for Whom / WHW, State of Concept Athens and the Centre for New Media and Feminist Public Practices. Co-funded by Creative Europe.