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The Birkbeck Institute for Social Research Annual Lecture: Professor Shirin Rai

Venue: Birkbeck Clore Management Centre

'Care, Caring and Carers - gender, race and class in Covid times' by Professor Shirin Rai (Warwick)

The lecture will be followed by a reception Clore Foyer (basement) from 7:15-8:30pm, all welcome

There is also the opportunity to view a live stream of the event if you are unable to attend in person, you can access this via Blackboard Collaborate here:

This is an analysis of the available evidence of the discriminatory effects of COVID-19 on Black Asian and Minority Ethnic families and communities, through examining the experience of the care needs of and the needs of carers in BAME communities, to understand how the wellbeing of three uniquely vulnerable groups – a) older BAME people, b) unpaid BAME carers of older people and c) paid social care workers– have been impacted by the current pandemic. I argue that the everyday stresses and strains and forms of physical and mental depletion experienced by these groups and communities of which they are part have not been mitigated by the austerity driven weathering, institutionally racist policies and the particular conditions imposed by lockdowns during the pandemic, which has exacerbated the harms experienced by these groups.

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  • Professor Shirin Rai -

    Shirin Rai is Professor in the department of Politics and International Studies. She is Director of Warwick Interdisciplinary Research Centre on International Development. She is a Fellow of the British Academy. Her research interests are in the political economy of development, gender and political institutions and performance and politics. Her latest books include the Oxford Handbook of Politics and Performance (2021; co-eds M Gluhovic, S Jestrovic and M Saward) and Performing Representation: Women Members in the Indian Parliament (with Carole Spary; OUP), 2019. She is currently working on two books - Depletion: the human costs of caring and Doing Politics Sideways.