The Whitworth
Tue 3 Oct 2023
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
We are not a burden to each other image

Join The Alternative School of Economics (Ruth Beale & Amy Feneck) with leading feminist speakers Jo Littler and Sophie Lewis for a conversation about centring care in the economy.
Taking inspiration from the phrase ‘We are not a burden to each other’, a banner in The Alternative School of Economics’ installation The Neoliberal Imagination, developed from a conversation with striking paramedic about the pressures of work and care, the speakers will discuss the problems with current care structures and systems within capitalism, the consequences of a neoliberal economy, and what our economy and society might be like if care was at the centre.
Sophie Lewis is a leading feminist critic and author of Abolish the Family: A Manifesto for Care and Liberation (Salvage Editions, 2022), which critiques the nuclear family as a capitalist construct. Her first book, Full Surrogacy Now: Feminism Against Family (Verso, 2019) called for “mothering against motherhood” on a societal scale. Based in Philadelphia, USA, Sophie teaches courses for the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research and is an unpaid visiting scholar at the Feminist, Queer and Transgender Studies Center at the University of Pennsylvania.
Jo Littler is co-author, as part of The Care Collective, of The Care Manifesto: The Politics of Interdependence (Verso, 2020) which asks what it would be like if we made care the central organising principle of our lives. Jo is Professor of Cultural, Media and Social Analysis at Goldsmiths, University of London. Her other books include Against Meritocracy: Culture, Power and Myths of Mobility (Routledge 2018) and the new collection of interviews, Left Feminisms: Conversations on the Personal and the Political (Lawrence Wishart, 2023).