Workshops | The Vulnerability and the Human Condition Initiative

Workshops for the Vulnerability and the Human Condition Initiative are held throughout the year and give scholars an opportunity to share their work in a supportive and collegial environment. Each year, scholars working on a variety of traditional legal topics come together to explore how their analyses can benefit from the application of a vulnerability lens.  Some topics recently considered include: globalization; labor, and the legal organization of work; the limits of social justice; business and corporate structures; the role of the family; and the need for environmental justice. Workshops are structured to allow for extended and meaningful participation by non-presenters and are open the public.

Conference: Vulnerability Across Disciplines

Hosted by Newcastle Law School, Newcastle University, this two-day conference (7-8 October 2021) will bring together researchers from law, economics and education, charity workers and regulators to explore the topic of vulnerability to discuss overlaps and discrepancies in the general approach to vulnerability. Martha LA Fineman will give the keynote address.

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Feminist Judgment Series - Summer 2021

The U.S. Feminist Judgments Project, together with the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University, the William S. Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, The Feminism and Legal Theory Project, The Vulnerability and the Human Condition Initiative, the Institute for Feminist Legal Studies at Osgoode, and the AALS Section on Women in Legal Education will host a Summer Feminist Legal Theory Series. The series is coordinated by Bridget J. Crawford (Pace) and Kathy Stanchi (UNLV). It will meet online via Zoom on Wednesdays from 2:00pm-3:00 Eastern/11am-12:00pm Pacific, starting June 2, 2021 and running for six sessions.

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Property and Resilience

April 23, 2021. This workshop, which will take the form of an extended active dialogue about several core themes/questions, will explore the role vulnerability theory can play in understanding and reimagining property law.

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Vulnerability Theory, the Employment Relationship, and the State

March 12-13, 2021. We intend this workshop to cover an array of topics that center on the legal and ideological or conceptual “evolution” of the corporation in relation to its legitimizing societal role in responding to human vulnerability. We welcome the participation of scholars working in law and related disciplines, including economics, community development, history, political science, sociology, and social psychology.

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Vulnerability Theory: International Conversations about Gender and Public Procurement

This mini conference is organized as a dialogue between public procurement studies and vulnerability theory researchers. The global pandemic of Covid-19 has revived conversations about the role and extent of state intervention in the economy. As global financial institutions revise their global GDP prediction downward, the strategic use of public procurement may help to mitigate the corrosive effects of the predicted global recession. Conversations between vulnerability theory and public procurement studies are important to chart a way for resilient gender-responsive and responsible public policies in the context of government outsourcing. The mini conference will open with remarks (20-30 minutes) by the organizers and the contributors to the edited volume will each have 10-15 minutes to present their chapters and solicit comments. All are welcome to virtually participate.

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