Vulnerabilities and Identities:
An Uncomfortable Conversation 
Codification of society

September 14-15, 2012 


Emory University School of Law - Room 575 Gambrell Hall

1301 Clifton Road, Atlanta GA 30322


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Friday, Sept. 14, 2012

1 - 2:00 P.M. LUNCH

Vulnerable Writing and Writing About Vulnerability
Angelika Bammer, Emory University  

2:15 - 4:30 P.M.

A Deeper Look: Equity Across Diversity
Athena Muta, SUNY Buffalo Law School

In Defense of Formal Equality 
Sean Coyle, School of Law University of Birmingham

Disability, in Law and other Discourses 
Kate Kaul, York University

Security in a Post-Equality World
Angela Harris, UC Davis School of Law

4:45 - 6:30 P.M.

How the Concept of "Black/African-American" is Undermining the Social Justice Concerns of Affirmative Action  
Kevin Brown, Indiana University Maurer School of Law

American Public Education, Vulnerability and Identity  
Osamudia James, University of Miami School of Law

Rights of Belonging: An Alternative to Identity Based Equality Rights  
Rebecca Zietlow, University of Toledo College of Law

6:30 - 8 P.M. DINNER 

Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012


9:30 A.M. - NOON

"Old Age" (or, do we need a critical theory of law and aging?) 
Margaret Hall, Thompson Rivers University
Saturday, Sept. 15 Cont.

The Historical Contingency of Identity
Nancy Knauer, Temple University Beasley School of Law

Is Black the New Gay? Title VII's Misapprehension of Protected Statuses
Terry Smith, DePaul University

HIV and the Emergence of Identity Politics in International Law, Development, and Human Rights
Aziza Ahmed, Northeastern University School of Law

Noon - 1:00 P.M. LUNCH

1:15 - 3:00 P.M.

Identity and Vulnerability: Black Boys
Nancy Dowd, University of Florida Levin College of Law

Throwaway Kids: Vulnerability, Identities and the Politics of Care
Alice Hearst, Smith College

Experiencing Equality as Oppression
Frank Rudy Cooper, Suffolk University Law School 

3:15 - 5:00 P.M.  

Protecting the Vulnerable Subject and the Challenge of Equal Protection: Seeking a Way Out of the Identity Trap
Hila Keren, Southwestern Law School 

Undocumented Immigrants, Vulnerability and Identity
Kathy Abrams, UC-Berkeley School of Law 

Post...what? Identifying Vulnerabilities, Materializing Identity
Katie Oliviero, The University of Colorado, Boulder
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VHC workshops are structured to allow for extended and meaningful participation by non-presenters and are open
to the public.


Vulnerability is the characteristic that positions us in relation to each other as human beings and also suggests a relationship of responsibility between the state and its institutions and the individual    

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