Care work & disability and the 1919 Pandemic

Monday, 11 May 2020 - 8:30am to 9:00am
Image of hospital beds from 1919, and image of Julia Bak

This week we look at two different areas, but both relating back to this current pandemic.

Many disabled and chronically ill people have been navigating living at home long before the pandemic and have been supporting each other through it. In the first half of the show we hear from writer and facilitator Julia Rose Bak on care work in disabled communities, and bittersweet reflections on how non-disabled people are engaging in more community support in this moment. See their piece, Coronavirus Shows Care Work Isn’t Just for Disabled Communities Anymore. Also mentioned: sick woman theory, by Johanna Hedva

Second, we go back over 100 years to the influenza pandemic of 1919. What parallels exist between 1919 and today and what lessons can we draw from the pandemic in 1919? We hear later from amateur local and social historian Liz Crash (@AsFarce), who speaks to the social and political context of 1919, and parallels in the western suburbs of Melbourne. 

Transcript on google docs

Monday 8:30am to 9:00am
A national feminist current affairs program for community radio. A gender analysis of contemporary issues, as well as in-depth analysis by a range of women and gender diverse people around Australia and internationally. Distributed nationally on the Community Radio Network (CRN).


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