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Barnard Center for Research on Women

Vulnerability: The Human and the Humanities

Barnard Center for Research on Women

Saturday, March 3, 2012 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (EST)

Vulnerability: The Human and the Humanities

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Matriculated students and Barnard faculty & staff attend the conference for free. Otherwise, the cost of the conference is on a sliding scale. The recommended fee is $50. No one will be excluded due to lack of funds. If you are unable to pay, please select "Free" below.
The conference is free for matriculated students, Barnard faculty & staff, and anyone unable to pay.
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Event Details


This spring’s conference will explore the concept of vulnerability as a fundamental and universal characteristic of the human condition. Scholars and activists alike have explored the way in which an understanding of these common vulnerabilities has the potential to transform our kinship structures, communities, and institutions into ones that recognize the importance of human interdependency. The conference will provide a space for thinking about how to incorporate a vision of shared vulnerability into social and political discussions, bringing together academics, professionals and activists who leverage vulnerability as an organizing tool.

 Plenary Panel: Vulnerability Studies

· Colin Dayan, Robert Penn Warren Professor of the Humanities, Vanderbilt University

· Martha Albertson Fineman, Robert W. Woodruff Professor at Emory Law School, founder and director of the Feminism and Legal Theory Project

· Ilaria Vanni, Head of the Cultural Studies Group at the University of Technology, Sydney

· Ewa Plonowska Ziarek, Julian Park Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Buffalo

· Jennie Kassanoff (Moderator), Associate Professor of English and Director of the Program in American Studies at Barnard College

 Lunchtime Workshops

· Prisons and Capital Punishment

· Immigration

· Environmental Justice

· The Politics of Care

Keynote speaker: Coco Fusco, New York-based interdisciplinary artist and writer and Associate Professor of Fine Arts at the School of Art, Media, and Technology at Parsons the New School for Design, will present on her new piece, La Plaza Vacia (The Empty Plaza), about public space and community.

The updated program will be posted on the BCRW website as it becomes available.

Have questions about Vulnerability: The Human and the Humanities? Contact Barnard Center for Research on Women

When & Where

Registration in Barnard Hall Lobby
Broadway at 117th Street
3009 Broadway
New York, NY 10027

Saturday, March 3, 2012 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (EST)

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