Don’t you love it how North American CEOs like to lecture us about privacy, gay rights, or “social justice” while at the same time they are doing business in China. (Apple, Disney, the NBA, and Nike immediately come to mind.) Now, check out this academic job posting for a two-year “Vulnerability and the Human Condition Initiative Fellowship at Emory University.” Among other things, that job post tells us that vulnerability theory is about “decentering the individual and focusing attention on the law’s construction and maintenance of the social structures and relationships in which we all live our day-to-day lives.” (You cannot make this shit up!) How ironic, however, that an academic institution devoted to “vulnerability theory” and to “decentering the individual” itself replicates the existing feudal hierarchies of academia, or to quote an anonymous critic of the job post, notice how issues of social justice in academia are “never addressed self-referentially by high-income individuals with relative job security in legal academia, with respect to the relation of their own relative positions in society with those they employ in ‘lesser’ roles, e.g. VAPs, Fellows, Adjuncts, Lecturers, [legal writing] instructors, Clinical Instructors, Professors of Practice, and so on.” Touche’.
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