Janna Klostermann here! I am a feminist writer and sociologist of care, working to understand and transform conditions of work, life and care.
"What about the limits of care?" is a question I ask through my academic work that examines the stories women tell about caring for others in paid and unpaid care work roles.
I am currently an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Calgary. I am also a member of the 'Reimagining Care/Work Policies' project (PI: Andrea Doucet), the 'Strengthening Care Mobilization' project (PI: Laura Funk), and the 'Changing Places: Unpaid Work in Nursing Homes' project (PI: Pat Armstrong). I recently completed my PhD in Carleton’s Department of Sociology (2021), and a SSHRC postdoctoral fellowship in Brock's Department of Sociology (2021-2022). 'Care has limits' is the title of my dissertation.
My work as a playwright, essayist and performer rethinks feminine, moral conventions, with a focus on my past care work experiences and my embodiment as a 6'3" woman with Marfan syndrome. Taking to the page and stage, I have contributed to various storytelling festivals, events and podcasts, and to numerous literary journals, magazines and newspapers. I am proud that my work has been used to ignite conversations in university classrooms and in care organizations.
janna [dot] klostermann [at] ucalgary [dot] ca
Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Calgary
Adjunct, Department of Sociology, Brock University
Research Affiliate, Spatializing Care Lab, St Francis Xavier University
Graduate Associate, Trent Centre for Aging & Society, Trent University