My doctoral research explores cultural and historical dimensions of care/charity work through the work histories of past and present care/charity workers.
I am a Ph.D. student in Carleton University's Department of Sociology and Anthropology in Ottawa, Canada, and a recreational storyteller. I am also a research assistant with Changing Places and with the AIDS Activist History Project.
As a Ph.D. student, I am interested in the class politics of care/charity work, the complexity of ethical and political action, and the ways that framing care as a virtuous, moral practice pins some people (and not others) in place. As a storyteller, I dabble in creative nonfiction, and I am currently writing a collection of queer stories about care. As a member of Changing Places, I am exploring the everyday work that residents do to bring about the long-term care facilities where they live. As a member of the AAHP, I am tracing the social history of AIDS activism in Canada through the work of activist ethnographer George W. Smith. I also recently co-curated “Positive Sex: Eroticizing safer sex practices in Canada in the 1980s and 1990s.”
I hold an M.A. in Applied Linguistics and Discourse Studies from Carleton University (Ottawa, ON), an M.A. in Pastoral Studies from Loyola University Chicago (Chicago, IL), and a B.A. in Communication from Roberts Wesleyan College (Rochester, NY).
activism, aging, art, care work, class politics, critical literacy studies, cultural studies, disability, feminist theories of care, social organization, value production, visual/art-based methods, work histories, (academic) writing studies
jannaklostermann [at] gmail [dot] com