Decent Care Work? Transnational Home Care Arrangements

Goethe University Frankfurt

The ageing of industrialized societies in combination with the absence of an adequate (welfare) state response is engendering an alarming deficit in care work. This has paved the way for the commodification of care, formerly a typical case of feminized, reproductive work, carried out informally and unpaid within the family. This conference examines if and how a sea change concerning the commodification and formalization of elderly care work is gradually affecting the public understanding of decent work and decent care.  
We draw on the findings of a collaborative research project of transnationally operating care agencies, which recruit migrant live-in carers from Central and Eastern Europe for work in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The project has examined how agencies, care receivers and care givers negotiate their expectations regarding decent care and decent work in these transnational home care arrangements. It also includes the perspectives of stakeholders in the field, for example trade unions, associations, NGOs, care workers’ networks and activists, care workers’ stay-behind relatives and others.  
The conference seeks to bring this study into dialogue with the findings of current international research. It offers new insights by bringing together researchers in the fields of migration, labor, gender, care markets as well as care workers’ organizations. By highlighting deficiencies in the economic, political and social regulation of elderly care work, it aims to shed light on the fundamental contradictions between decent care and decent work.

Four key areas will be addressed during the conference:
(1) Transnational Commodification, Marketization and Corporatization of Livein Care
(2) Expectations, Contradictions and Social Inequalities in Transnational Home Care Arrangements 
(3) Agency and (Self-) Organizing of Live-in Care Workers 
(4) Regularization of Transnational Care Work

Procedure for abstract submission:  

There are several slots for presentations. Abstracts of 150 words are to be submitted through the ConfTool application at the following address: by Tuesday, December 31, 2019. Please select at least one of the above-mentioned key areas that best suits your submission.  
Notifications of acceptance will be sent out by early February 2020.  
We welcome proposals from researchers at all stages of their career. Please note that unfortunately we cannot cover expenses for travel and accommodation. The conference fee also applies to accepted speakers.
Conference fee: €100 / reduced fee €60*
*The reduced fee applies to students who provide a copy of their student identity card (or similar) upon registering. 

Date de publication:

16 octobre 2019


31 décembre 2019