Contesting “Vulnerability”

17 February 2020, 12:00 - 14:00

Seminar Room SG2, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT

We are living in a “vulnerability” zeitgeist (Brown, 2014) in which the label “vulnerable” (and its twin concept: “risk”) have become pervasive both in academic research and in the delivery of welfare and support services. This discussion seminar will provide the opportunity to further interrogate the term “vulnerability” and the implications of its use.


Brown, K., 2011. ‘Vulnerability’: handle with care. Ethics and social welfare, 5(3), pp.313-321.

Ellis, K., 2018. Contested Vulnerability: A Case Study of Girls in secure care. Children and Youth Services Review, 88, pp.156-163.

Open to all. No registration required.
An event organised by Critical Approaches to 'Vulnerability' in Empirical Research (CAVER) Network.
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