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Graduate Center to Host Symposium on Vulnerability

On Thursday, April 23, the Graduate Center will host “Risquer la Vulnérabilité: Risking Vulnerability,” a daylong symposium that aims to identify what vulnerability means in contemporary social sciences and humanities.
The event brings together international scholars from multiple disciplines, including law, English, political science, and philosophy. Martha Albertson Fineman (Emory University), a renowned scholar of law and society, will deliver the keynote.
Other speakers include Nicolas Delon (New York University), Ellen Feder (American University), Estelle Ferrarese (Strasbourg University/Centre Marc Bloch), Eva Feder Kittay (Stony Brook/SUNY), Sandra Laugier (University of Paris/Panthéon-Sorbonne), Noémi Michel (University of Geneva), and Patricia Paperman (Paris 8 University), as well as the Graduate Center’s Michelle Fine, Nancy Yousef, and Alyson Cole
"Vulnerability has become something of a buzzword in recent scholarship as a way to rethink enduring questions about interdependence, precarity, and inequality,” said Associate Professor Alyson Cole (GC/Queens, Political Science), the organizer of the event (pictured). “The purpose of this symposium is to begin evaluating the heuristic value of the concept by staging a conversation that engages its inflections and applications in different disciplines as well as different national settings.

Among other things, we will examine how vulnerability is ascribed to particular bodies and psyches, and why the concept of vulnerability has been subsumed under the theme of risk — including the risk of poverty — and its uneven distribution.”

Read more about the workshop, including RSVP details.
The symposium is cosponsored by the Center for the Humanities; Advanced Research Collaborative; the Provost’s Office; the Ph.D. Program in Philosophy; the Ph.D. Program in Political Science; Women’s Studies Certificate Program; the Ph.D. Program in French; the Henri Peyre Institute; and SPTSA.

Submitted on: APR 2, 2015

Category: Center for the Humanities | French | General GC News | Henri Peyre French Institute | Political Science | Women's Studies