"Vulnerability, Exclusion and domination": A conference in conjunction with a performance of "Woman One"

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Date: 01 February - 02 February 2019
Venue: Arnolfini and Watershed
Time: 10:00-17:30/18:00-19:30

The play examines different conceptions of vulnerability that Beauvoir considers. While these conceptions show an acute insight into vulnerabilities experiences by some women and are thus valuable, they are also - as has been widely argued - somewhat restrictive and limited to the experience of dependency and domination of white upper middle class heterosexual cis-women.

The talks and panels of the conference allude to this restrictiveness and possible implications of such an exclusionary view of vulnerability and so also pose the question of the relation between our conceptions of vulnerability and their relation to domination by exclusion. The conference also aims to distinguish those elements of vulnerability that are normatively desirable from those that are not. There is a difference between the desirable fact of vulnerability in the sense of corporeal and psychological open-ness to others, and forms of vulnerability, on the other hand, such as corporeal or psychological forms - eg rape and domestic violence - that are detrimental to the interests of certain social groups. The conference will pick up on these themes. A mix of (mostly) academic philosophers and some activists/artists will examine the notion of vulnerability and the relation to exclusion and domination from different feminist perspectives, including transnational, racial, lesbian, transgender, queer and disability perspectives.


  • 10:00 Registration and welcome (Arnolfini 4AF012)
  • 11:00-12:15 Keynote 1: Alison Assiter: Anderson and Beauvoir on Vulnerability
  • 12:15-13:15 Lunch
  • 13:15-14:30 Keynote 2: Havi Carel: tba
  • 14:45-16:00 Keynote 3: Estelle Ferrarese: Vulnerability and political inclusion. Rethinking the common
  • 16:15-17:30 Panel 1: Experiences of racism. Panel lead: Yewande Adeniran
  • 18:00-19:30 Performance: Woman One (Arnolfini) - performed by Julie Clerc
  • February 2nd (location of talks and panels: Watershed, Waterside 2 /Performance: Arnolfini Auditorium)
  • 10am-11:15 Keynote 4: Danielle Petherbridge: Vulnerability, Empathy and Dementia
  • 11:30-12:45 Keynote 5: Mariana Teixeira: Fleeing from freedom, fleeing from death: Beauvoir and the reasons for complicity with servitude
  • 12:45-13:45 Lunch
  • 13:45-15:00 Panel2: LGTBQ+ experiences. Panel lead: Elaine Foster
  • 15:15-16:30 Panel 3: Aging. Panel lead: Elspeth Penny
  • 16:30-17:00 Conference Close
  • 18:00-19:30 Performance: Woman One (Arnolfini)- performed by Julie Clerc

How to attend

Register to attend the talks.

Register to attend the performance.

Cost: Free
Contact: Miguel Prado Casanova
E-mail: miguel.pradocasanova@uwe.ac.uk

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