Summer Seminar with Martha Fineman: Vulnerability, Austerity and Justice
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Cardiff Centre of Law and Society is delighted to welcome Professor Martha Fineman as our key note speaker at ‘Austerity, Vulnerability and Justice’. This Summer Seminar is the finale of our 2016 gender rules research series. Alongide Martha, Professor Anna Grear and another speaker (as yet to be confirmed) will explore the idea of austerity as doctrine and consider the gendered impact of the institutional weakening of justice in the UK.
Martha Albertson Fineman is known around the world for her law and society scholarship. Her expertise lies in family law and feminist jurisprudence. She is a Robert W. Woodruff Professor at Emory Law School and founder and director of the Feminism and Legal Theory (FLT) Project, which was inaugurated in 1984. Her scholarly interests are the legal regulation of family and intimacy and the legal implications of universal dependency and vulnerability. Fineman’s solely authored publications include books—The Autonomy Myth: A Theory of Dependency, The New Press (2004); The Neutered Mother, and The Sexual Family and other Twentieth Century Tragedies, Routledge Press (1995); and The Illusion of Equality: The Rhetoric and Reality of Divorce Reform (1991)—in addition to dozens of journal articles and essays. Her essay in the Yale Journal of Law and Feminism, “The Vulnerable Subject: Anchoring Equality in the Human Condition,” formed the basis of Vulnerability: Reflections on a New Ethical Foundation for Law and Politics, published by Princeton University Press in 2013.