COVID Care Crisis Symposium


The COVID Care Crisis Symposium, Part II:

Imagining Solutions and Taking Action


June 16-17, 2022
Virtually on Zoom
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Deadline extended to April 25!

Did you miss COVID Care Crisis Symposium, Part I?

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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?

Call for papers:

Please submit your micro-abstract of no more than 250 words below by April 25, 2022. Your abstract should include your name, title, institution, email, presentation title, research abstract, and three to four keywords

We actively encourage scholars to spend no more than 30 minutes jotting down notes, creating bullet points, drafting one paragraph of ideas, or excepting draft scholarship for the abstract. Participants are encouraged to think creatively and need not be confined to a particular format for either abstracts or final papers. Caregivers, women of color, disabled professors, those in the LGBTQ community, junior scholars, aspiring faculty, white women, and others from marginalized populations are especially encouraged to submit. The authors of selected abstracts will be notified by May 15, 2022. Essay drafts of roughly 5,000 words will be due June 10, 2022.

There will be no registration fee for presenters or other participants in order to maximize engagement and inclusivity. Panels will be grouped by theme and topic.  The organizers are actively seeking a publication venue for accepted papers, with expected publication in 2023.

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