Vulnerability: The Human and the Humanities
Saturday, March 3, 2012 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (EST)
New York, NY
THE SCHOLAR & FEMINIST CONFERENCE 2012
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
· 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
· Prisons and Capital Punishment
· 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.