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Can Markets Be Caring?  

Online public conference by Andreas Chatzidakis.
5 October 2023 from 17:00 to 18:30h (CET), 18:00 to 19:30h Greek time
Organised by G. & A. Mamidakis Foundation

The first in a series of five online public conferences, organised by the G&A Mamidakis Foundation in the context of Care Ecologies, an ongoing cooperative project among five partners from Greece, Croatia and Spain. Co-funded by Creative Europe.

More information about Care Ecologies HERE.

Can Markets Be Caring?  

We are in the midst of an unprecedented global “crisis of care”, for both people and the planet. Yet, the role of markets and consumerism in perpetuating this crisis is little understood. I examine the effects of the marketization of care across different scales or pillars of care provision: households, communities, and states. I argue that the increasing marketization of care across theses scales is beset with problematic logics and contradictions that offer little in the way of addressing this crisis. At the same time, however, markets are here to stay - what is to be done?


6.00 p.m. – 6.10 p.m. Welcome and Introduction

6.10 p.m. – 6.50 p.m. Adreas Chatzidakis, Can Markets Be Caring?

6.50 p.m. – 7.30 p.m. Questions, Discussion


Andreas Chatzidakis is a Professor of Marketing and Consumer Culture at Royal Holloway University of London. His research focuses on the broader intersection(s) of consumption with ethics and politics, including themes such as consumer-oriented activism in crisis-hit Athens, the role of care and relationality in everyday consumption, geographical and psychoanalytic approaches to consumption. It has been published in numerous journals such as Journal of Consumer Research, Journal of Consumer Culture, Journal of Business Ethics, Environment and Planning D, and British Journal of Management; as well as in books such as Gendering Marketing (with P Maclaran), Contemporary Issues in Marketing and Consumer Behaviour (with P Maclaran and E Parsons) and Consumer Ethics: Interdisciplinary Perspectives (with D Shaw and M Carrington). He is also a member of the Care Collective, author of the Care Manifesto (out with Verso, 2020).

Online public event organised by the G. & A. Mamidakis Foundation as part of Care Ecologies, a Creative Europe cooperation project  with Idensitat, What, How & for Whom / WHW, State of Concept Athens and the Centre for New Media and Feminist Public Practices. Co-funded by Creative Europe.