Friday, July 23, 2021

TOPIC 3: Intersections between poverty, care, embodied identity, and personal motivation

Guests on Friday, July 23

Ana Y. Ramos-Zayas, Frederick Clifford Ford Professor of Ethnicity, Race, and Migration and Professor of American Studies and Anthropology, Yale University, CT
Katharine Wolfe, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, St. Lawrence University, NY
Jennifer Morton, Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania
Moderator: Cara O’Connor

Schedule (in outline)
Friday, July 23– 9am – 2pm

9:009:10Greetings and check-in with Faculty Fellows
9:1010:10Presentation by Ana Y. Ramos-Zayas
10:1010:20Short break
10:2011:20Presentation by Katharine Wolfe
11:2011:30Short break
11:3012:30Presentation by Jennifer Morton
12:301:00Lunch Break
1:002:00Round table discussion with all participants


The focus of the day will be exploring identity and types of embodiment and their implications for how we think about poverty, care, and aspiration. On Friday Ramos-Zayas, Wolfe, and Morton will bring their expertise to different facets of this topic. On Tuesday we will have a pedagogy workshop led by Institute co-directors O’Connor & Farias.

Key Questions

  • What does it mean to “embody” poverty and deprivation, on the one hand, or well-being on the other?
  • What do looks, acts, gestures, and accents have to do with perceptions of who is poor and what “kind” of poor person they are? (deserving or undeserving; safe or dangerous)
  • Why is dependency treated as the exception rather than the norm?
  • What are the potential costs of upward mobility?
  • How do first person-narratives push back against objectification of poor bodies?
  • How do representations of poverty affect the way people see themselves?
  • What does addressing poverty tell us about ethics of care and what does ethics care tell us about addressing poverty?

Topic 3 –  Required Readings and Resources

Required readings will be available on our website and @ the “Required Readings Folder.”


Topic 3 – Additional Readings and Resources Folder

> Click the above link to go to the Institute Folder for Additional Readings and navigate to Topic 3 for an evolving list of readings and resources.




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