"Vulnerability, Gender, and Justice"
When? 17. - 18. July 2019, Start is at 8 o'clock.
Where? SR 15.34, Universitätsstraße 15 (RESOWI Building, Section D, third floor), Section of Political Philosophy (Institute of Philosophy)
Here you can find a poster.
The concept of vulnerability has come to occupy a prominent place in various political debates, as well as on the agendas of governments and international organizations. The idea of a generalized vulnerability (associated with mutual bodily exposure and conceptualized by Judith Butler as precariousness) could represent an enabling condition for ethical and political action.
Nonetheless, there are differential levels of precarity that need to be addressed. Its many uses today refer to the risks of poverty, unemployment, or loss of social security, to the exposure to climate change and natural disasters, or to bioethical considerations related to health practices.
This conference will address the multilayered dimensions of vulnerability, intertwined with matters that involve gender and justice. In this sense, it will foster interdisciplinary perspectives within contemporary feminism that provide with analytical tools to understand vulnerability and situations of precarity, and that also explore the possibilities of agency and critical engagement with social relations and institutions.
- Athena Athanasiou (Panteion University)
- Elena Tzelepis (University of Athens; University of London).
- Leticia Sabsay (London School of Economics and Political Science).
- Tuija Pulkkinen (University of Helsinki)
- Adriana Zaharijević (University of Belgrade)
- María José Guerra Palmero (University of La Laguna, Spain).
Wednesday, 17thJuly 2019
8:00: Registration and documentation (SR 15.34, Universitätstraße 15 (RESOWI Building, Section D), third floor)
8:45: Inauguration of the Conference.
9:00: Athena Athanasiou (School of Social Sciences, Panteion University): Beyond Vulnerability versus Affirmation: Reflections on the Aporias of Non-Sovereign Performativity
10:15: Coffee break
Alexandra Valadas (Michigan State University): Women at Risk – Furthering Precarity through Embodiment
Rebecca Hewer (University of Edinburgh):
11:30: Adriana Zaharijević (Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory, University of Belgrade): Invulnerability and Bodilessness: Robinson’s Justice
12:45 - 14:15: Pausa para el almuerzo
Nicole Haring (Karl-Franzens University of Graz): Never Again: Ms. Magazine’s Fight Against Reproductive Powerlessness
Ľubica Kobová (Charles University): Vulnerable Working Bodies
Mareike Gebhardt (FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg): Critical Vulnerability: Genderization and Racialization in EU Migration “Deathscapes”
Carla Schiever (University of Oldenburg): To Resist Means (not) to Survive. Challenging a Butlerian Critique of Violence in the Case of Marielle Franco.
16:15: Coffee break
16:30: Elena Tzelepis (University of Thessaly): Politics of Vulnerability in Antigone’s Critical Poetics
Thursday, 18th July 2019
9:00: María José Guerra Palmero (Faculty of Humanities, University of La Laguna): Against the Liberal Subject. Martha Fineman on Vulnerability
10:15: Coffee break
Seunghyun Song (Karl-Franzens University of Graz): Vulnerability and Claims for Rectifications: Against Supersession Thesis
Perica Jovchevski (Central European University – Budapest): The Personal Autonomy of Members of Vulnerable Gender Groups: on the Demands for Domination – Free Epistemic Horizons
11:30: Leticia Sabsay (Gender Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science): Troubling Vulnerability: The Revolt of Gender in Post-Democratic Times
12:45 – 14:15: Lunch break
Constanze Erhard (University of Marburg): Escaping Vulnerability? Artificial Sex and Sexbots
Myriam Hernández Domínguez (University of La Laguna): Posthuman Vulnerability
15:15: Mónica Cano Abadía (Karl-Franzens University of Graz): (In)Vulnerabilities and Otherness
16:30: Coffee break
16:45: Tuija Pulkkinen (Gender Studies, University of Helsinki): Vulnerability and the Human - The Politics of Philosophy in Judith Butler’s and Adriana Cavarero’s Feminist Thought
18:00: Closing session