Dr. Sara Rushing - Bodies and Politics: How Vulnerability Informs Citizen-Subjectivity
- Tuesday, April 2, 2019 from 5:00pm to 6:00pm
- Norm Asbjornson Hall, 153 - view map
Sara Rushing is an Associate Professor of Political Science at MSU, who specializes in political theory. She is particularly interested in feminist theory, democratic theory and the intersection of ethics and politics. She got her B.A. from Mount Holyoke College and her PhD from UC Berkeley, but has been pleased to call Bozeman home since 2008. Along with Scott, a professor in Land Resources and Environmental Science (LRES) at MSU, she is raising three rabble rousing humans, a cat (Larry!), and a fish, whom Larry is very determined to eat, and one day soon, when no one is looking, will realize this dream. Sara has just recently submitted for review her completed book manuscript, The Virtues of Vulnerability: Humility, Autonomy and Citizen-Subjectivity.
This lecture presents the work from her recently completed book, which explores how our encounters with bodily and psychic vulnerability within the mainstream medical system impact our sense of ourselves as citizens. Focusing on experiences in birth, death and illness, she will outline what she calls the "virtues of vulnerability," namely humility and autonomy, and discuss how these ethical dispositions can enhance or diminish our agency as patients, and as citizens.
- Honors College