C&S SIGN Seminar Series (John Barker)

“Trying to keep up”: Female student carers: Intersections of identity, space, time and rhythm

DATE & TIME: 6th December, 15.30-17.00

LOCATION: TBC, MIDDLESEX UNIVERSITY, LONDON, NW4 4BT


John Barker (Middlesex University)

Care and Caring are burgeoning areas of academic thought, in education, human geography and other subject areas and disciplines. Drawing upon in-depth interviews (carried out by colleagues) with women in HE who are in education with a range of caring responsibilities (‘student carers’), this paper explores how narratives are laden with spatial and temporal rhythms. Drawing upon theorisations of time and rhythm (Lefebvre, 2013, Elden, 2004), and feminist work exploring the gendered emotional and temporal dynamics of care (Hochschild, 1989; Maher 2009; Rogers and Weller, 2013) the discussion explores how participants negotiate complex, shifting and multiply-intersecting rhythms across space and time to undertake care and construct identities as student and carer.