Closeness and Care: Elderly care in Serbia during the Covid-19 pandemic

Donor: Open Society University Network and supported [in part] by a grant from the Open Society Foundations

Project duration: August 2021 – July 2022


The Covid-19 pandemic impacted how we understand and practice care. The imperative of  safety in this crisis demands that people refrain from close and direct contacts. As the virus is particularly dangerous for the elderly, they are by far the most affected by pandemic-imposed restrictions while at the same time often needing close care. 

Our project implemented by Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory (IFDT) and A 11 – Initiative for Economic and Social Rights, in partnership with Bard College, endeavors to  understand what happens when physical closeness becomes an impediment to care and detect  “alternatives” – unseen paths of care for the elderly in two municipalities in Serbia.