Call for Papers

Canadian Anthropology Association (CASCA) 2021 Virtual Conference
May 12-15th, Hosted by the University of Guelph

Panel abstract:
Mobilities of Abeyance: Care, Collaboration, and Kin in Times of Crisis

Panel co-organizers:
Sue Frohlick (UBC Okanagan)
Amy Speier (University of Texas, Arlington)

The global pandemic brought to halt, to varying degrees, channels, networks, and nodes of care
for reproduction. By reproduction we refer broadly to forms of life generation, kin-making, and
caregiving, within and beyond human relations. As borders closed and supply lines slowed down
or stopped entirely, air flights and ground transportation were suspended, and quotidian
mobilities were regulated in new ways, their effects on reproduction are both significant and
uncertain. Simultaneously, care and collaboration sprung up in surprising ways, such as surrogate
mothers caring for babies of intended parents or communities caring for stranded travelers
thwarted in journeys home. We seek papers that address a range of ethnographic scenarios and
theoretical approaches to the entanglements of care, collaboration, and kin within contemporary
mobilities during the COVID-19 pandemic and the transformations that ensued. We encourage
papers, too, that also move beyond care as a human-only matter to consider how things and other
living beings became enfolded into public health-defined configurations of care, such as “bubbles.”
Along with abeyant mobilities, temporalities of care, kin, and reproduction have also undergone
transformations with the COVID-19 pandemic, such as care being put on hold and ideations of the
future under pressure.
Examples include, but are not limited to:
~ arrangements of surrogacy and surrogacy services and other care
~ family and kin-making via assisted reproductive technologies
~ kinship travel, for adoption, diasporic kin, family reunions, family holidays
~ seniors, Elders, and caregivers and caregiving
~ pet adoption and/or the international rescue chains of animals
~ front line interventions in street living contexts

Please send a title, 100-150 word abstract, and your affiliation to us before January 27th. Graduate
students who have completed research are welcome to submit an abstract. We hope to have
enough papers for a Symposia.
Send to Sue Frohlick at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and Amy Speier at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The deadline for submission to CASCA is February 1st.

For more details on the conference, see the link below.


Dr. Susan Frohlick PhD (She, Her, Hers)
Professor, Anthropology and Gender and Women's Studies
Irving K Barber Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences | Community, Culture, and Global Studies
The University of British Columbia | Okanagan | Syilx Okanagan Nation Territory
1147 Research Road Arts Building 267 | Kelowna BC | V1V 1V7 Canada
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Co-Director, Collaborative and Experimental Ethnography Lab
Editor (English), Anthropologica