In its early stages, the ongoing global pandemic laid bare the hidden structures of care and dependency that we often close our eyes to. COVID-19 also alerted us to our collective vulnerability and dependency - and the violence that so often goes hand in hand with care.
In her 2017 book ‘Enduring Time’ psychoanalyst and cultural theorist Lisa Baraitser diagnoses our present as a moment of suspended time. Between a traumatic past and a foreclosed future, we find ourselves in stuck time, a time closely connected to the time of care. In this talk Lisa Baraitser will be in dialogue with the curator Miriam Wistreich to use our current moment as a thinking space to consider the relationships between vulnerability, violence, resistance and care.
The dossier Waiting and Care in Pandemic Times, published by Wellcome Open Research and produced by the Waiting Times research collective will form the backdrop to this conversation. The dossier can be found here:
We will also think with Achille Mbembe’s recent blog post The Universal Right to Breathe:
Lisa Baraitser is Professor of Psychosocial Theory at Birkbeck, University of London, UK and a psychoanalyst and Member of the British Psychoanalytical Society. Baraitser’s research focuses on time and care, drawing in discussions of gender, sexuality and motherhood from the fields of feminist theory, psychoanalysis, and philosophies of ethics, affect, and event. She is the author of the award-winning monograph Maternal Encounters: The Ethics of Interruption (Routledge, 2009) and Enduring Time (Bloomsbury, 2017) and is currently co-Principal Investigator on an interdisciplinary research project on the relation between time and healthcare called Waiting Times, funded by the Wellcome Trust.