In the spirit of transdisciplinary collaboration and imagination, we invite you to participate in a colloquium on Speculative Ethics for Care Futures Otherwise.

The colloquium will be held virtually on October 13th, 2023 at 9am pacific, noon eastern, 5pm UK, and 6pm Berlin time.

The focus of the colloquium is on how multiple ways of knowing, perceiving and being in the world can exist simultaneously, rather than imposing a particular and fixed perspective of the world which has implications for how care is enacted. Multiple care systems can exist simultaneously, but we choose which ones we privilege – the biomedical, neoliberal, cisgender, heterosexual, white supremacist model of extractive healthcare while forsaking relational, holistic, Indigenous, ecological, integrated, and planetary care. Therefore, this colloquium engages immediately with the speculative ethics of care. The Colloquium panelists include distinguished scholars from multiple disciplines, who will speak on the following:

Goda Klumbytė – Speculative ethics and the algorithmic condition Goda Klumbytė (she/her) is a researcher at the Participatory IT Design department at the University of Kassel in Germany. Her work engages feminist new materialism, critical posthumanism, machine learning systems design and human-computer interaction. Most recently she looked into machine learning as a knowledge production tool and proposed innovative ways to work with intersectional feminist and new materialist epistemologies towards imagining and designing machine learning otherwise.

Brianne Donaldson – Between the now and not yet of mutually-requiring dualities
Brianne Donaldson explores how implicit metaphysical beliefs can hinder or inspire curiosity, inclusion and ethical action toward plants, animals, and marginalized people. She serves as Associate professor of Religious Studies and Shri Parshvanath Presidential Chair in Jain Studies at University of California, Irvine USA.

Zakiyyah Iman Jackson – Race and the Fictions of Sovereign Embodiment
Zakiyyah Iman Jackson is associate professor of English and director of the Center for Feminist Research, University of Southern California USA. Her research explores the literary and aesthetic aspects of Western philosophical and scientific discourse and investigates the engagement of African diasporic literature and visual culture with the historical concerns, knowledge claims, and rhetoric of Western science and philosophy.

This 3-hour colloquium has been coordinated by Jess Dillard-Wright, assistant professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst Elaine Marieb College of Nursing, Jamie Smith, research associate at the Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin, and Miriam Bender, director of the UCI Center for Nursing Philosophy.