A Workshop on Legal Migrations, Vulnerability, and Resilience – Emory University School of Law

December 9, 2016 at 8:00 am – December 10, 2016 at 5:00 pm

A Workshop on Legal Migrations, Vulnerability, and Resilience
December 9-10, 2016
Emory University School of Law, Atlanta, GA

This workshop will interrogate the experience of traversing borders between legal forms through the lens of vulnerability theory. Contemporary legal scholarship most often devotes attention to status categories conceived as static positions of relative privilege or disadvantage. Vulnerability theory, which challenges the dominant conception of the universal politico-legal subject as an autonomous, independent, and static adult, shifts us toward a dynamic lens of analysis. Vulnerability theory focuses on the evolution of human needs across a life course, asking how law does and should respond to dependence and foster resilience over time. The theory recognizes that human beings are constantly susceptible to change, positive and negative, in our bodily, social, and environmental circumstances. This workshop will explore how we might understand the processes of ‘legal migration’ as dynamic responses to human and institutional vulnerability.

The workshop is being convened by:
Deborah Dinner (deborah.dinner@emory.edu); Suzanne Kim (skim@kinoy.rutgers.edu);
and Martha Albertson Fineman (mlfinem@emory.edu).

Please register here.

Friday, December 9, 2016
4:30 – 6:30 pm Individuals, Collectives, and the Responsibilization of Migration Between Legal Status
  • Vulnerability and Undocumented Migrations: The Role of Political Organizing Kathy Abrams (University of California Berkeley School of Law)
  • From Unprotected to Protected: The Reach, and Limits, of American Antidiscrimination Law Suzanne Goldberg (Columbia Law School)
  • Relational Migration Redux Suzanne Kim(Rutgers School of Law)
  • Toward a Constitutional Theory of Resilience: Access to Collective Power for Substantive Change | Martha T. McCluskey (University of Buffalo School of Law)

6:30-8:00 pm Dinner

Saturday, December 10, 2016
8:30 – 9:00 am BREAKFAST
9:00 – 11:30 am Identifying Migrations in the Context of Vulnerability
  • Shifting Understandings of the Vulnerable |
    Sean Coyle (University of Birmingham, Birmingham Law School)
  • Legal Migrations of Labor Status in the University Risa Lieberwitz
    (Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations) Rana Jaleel (University of California Davis, Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies)
  • Class Migrations Lisa R. Pruitt
    (University of California Davis School of Law)
  • Childbirth and Migration | Shana Tabak (Emory University School of Law)
11:30 am – 12:30 pm LUNCH
12:30 – 2:30 pm Permeable Boundaries BetweenMarket and State
  • Manorial Liberty: Feudalism, Statelessness, and Reproductive Freedom | Jack Jackson (Whitman College)
  • Vulnerability and Labor Market Transitions: Refocusing on the Temporal Dynamics of Employment Jedidiah Kroncke (São Paulo Law School)
  • Black, Brown, and Green: Citizenship and Resilience Lua Kamal Yuille (The University of Kansas School of Law)
2:30 – 2:45 pm COFFEE BREAK
2:45 – 4:45 pm The Coercive vs. Responsive State 
  • Law as Categorical Thinking and Health as Resilience? Christina S. Ho (Rutgers School of Law)
  • Vulnerability, Access to Justice, and the Fragmented State Elizabeth MacDowell (University of Nevada-Las Vegas William S. Boyd School of Law)
  • The Prison-Mother and Vulnerability Theory | Sara Matthiesen (Brown University, Department of American Studies)