The Creative Arts as Pedagogy: A transnational feminist dialogue

Crossroads Community and Environmental Art Workshop & the Centre for Feminist Research present:  

The Creative Arts as Pedagogy:  A transnational feminist dialogue 

Wednesday, Nov 5, 2014 at Yorku 3:00 – 5:00 pm         140 HNES (Health, Nursing & Environmental Studies, Rm. 140)

This panel will bring together Malathi de Alwis (University of Colombo/Open University Colombo), Shahrzad Mojab (OISE/U of T), Honor Ford-Smith (York), Rachel Gorman (York) and Nayani Thiyagarajah (York), to engage in a conversation facilitated by Alison Crosby (York) on how they draw on the creative arts to think through their research, politics and the everyday.  Panelists will engage with a variety of questions, including “How can the arts create transnational feminist conversations that teach the irreconcilable, the unsettling, the intersecting and parallel lived experiences across and within nations, states, histories and politics?”


These events are co-sponsored by the Centre for Refugee Studies, the York Centre for Asian Research, the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies (LA&PS), and the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation (VPRI).

Private Murder, Public Pressure

Private Murder, Public Pressure

by Terrine Friday (Osgoode SJD program)

Is homicide a private matter?

The RCMP called  the Sept. 10 killing of Shirley Parkinson a “private matter,” and refused to release information about the manner of her death, although they have evidence that her husband killed her before taking his own life.

According to reports, Parkinson, 56, was killed by her husband Donald, 60, before he took his own life on the couple’s farm near Unity, Saskatchewan last month. The victim was a “well-known public health nurse” who worked with women and children in her community.

The RCMP did not, initially, release the fact that Shirley Parkinson was murdered – apparently to respect the family’s wishes. Saskatchewan journalists are now calling on the RCMP to release pertinent information about their investigation.

At first glance this raises the issue of how to balance the public interest and the family’s wish for privacy.  There may be some other reason why the RCMP would prefer to keep the case files closed to the public or why the wishes of the next of kin should be respected in this case.  But  the RCMP’s use of the Privacy Act to keep all specifics from the public, and their suggestion that the family context of this killing rendered it “private” are highly problematic.  My own research considers the complicated questions raised in access to information disputes, and focuses on the use of exceptions provided in the legislation to keep data out of the hands of journalists, researchers and the public.

Information about the homicide/suicide in Unity could serve to break the relative silence about domestic abuse, especially amongst older adults.   A 2007 clinical study by Sonia Salari, an expert on population aging and social interaction, reveals “[l]ater life intimate partner homicide suicide (IPHS) represents the most severe form of domestic partner abuse and usually results in at least two deaths.” The study shows 96 percent of perpetrators are men and suicide was the primary intent in 74 percent of cases analyzed.   A troubling finding is that any history of domestic violence was known to others in only 14 percent of cases. This research, as much as other arguments about transparency, accountability and the salience of the public private divide should lead us to question whether privacy is really the right approach to domestic abuse amongst the aging – or any other sector of society.

Grad students with guest post ideas related to their projects should get in touch with Sonia Lawrence, Osgoode Rm 3026

Rosemarie Garland Thomson: November 13 1230 at Osgoode

poster (all information is available in the post's text)Thursday November 13 1230

Rosemarie Garland Thomson

Professor of Women’s Studies and English, Emory University

Thursday November 13 12:30 to 2:20  Osgoode Hall Law School (IKB) ADR 1014

refreshments will be served  RSVP  please use code ROSE

Link to PDF poster 

DISABILITY GAIN:  Advancing Ideas in Disability Studies


Nancy Davis-Halifax

Critical Disability Studies Program, York University

Roxanne Mykitiuk

Osgoode Hall Law School

Rosemarie Garland-Thomson is Professor of Women’s Studies and English at Emory University. Her fields of study are feminist theory, American literature, and disability studies. Her work develops the field of disability studies in the humanities and women’s and gender studies. This year she is a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University.

She is author of Staring: How We Look and Extraordinary Bodies: Figuring Physical Disability in American Literature and Culture; co-editor of Re-Presenting Disability: Museums and the Politics of Display and Disability Studies: Enabling the Humanities; and editor of Freakery: Cultural Spectacles of the Extraordinary Body.  Her current book-in-progress, entitled Habitable Worlds, concerns the logic and design of inclusive public space.

Find out more about Osgoode’s Disability Intensive Program here.

Mari Matsuda NIP: Admit That the Waters Around You Have Grown: Change and Legal Education

As powerfully written as all of her work, this article is filling a space that i really needed filled.  Fleas indeed.

All of this  law was born on dark roads in rural towns where courageous acts forced the arc of history to makes its turn.

Indiana Law Journal Volume 89 | Issue 4 Article 2 Fall 2014 (open access)


This Lecture is prompted, in part, by critics of legal education who have identified its unsustainable and regressive practices. It is not intended, however, as another entry in the future-of-law-schools genre. Rather, it is an attempt to reposition the conversation by putting the law school crisis at the tail of a drowning dog with a bigger problem, and then to see how we fleas on the tail might appropriately respond



Twenty Years of Feminist Legal Studies: Reflections and Future Directions – Springer

Twenty Years of Feminist Legal Studies: Reflections and Future Directions – 

Roundtable Transcript edited by Sarah Lamble 

So much good stuff in here. I tried to take a quote or two out but ultimately gave up. If you’re at all interested in the feminist legal academy, this is a must read.  It’s not, though, open source (available through springerlink – try your institutional computers).

Feminist Legal Studies July 2014Volume 22Issue 2pp 109-130

On Saturday 18 May 2013, the Editorial Board of Feminist Legal Studies hosted an afternoon event at the University of Kent, Canterbury to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the journal. The event also marked the transition from the journal’s original home at Kent Law School to a new editorial board comprised of feminist academics from thirteen institutions across the UK. The event included a roundtable reflecting on the past 20 years of feminist legal scholarship and its future directions. Sarah Lamble edited this transcript of the roundtable. Speakers included past and present Editorial Board Members: Joanne Conaghan (University of Bristol), Emily Grabham (University of Kent), Rosemary Hunter (Queen Mary, University of London), Sarah Keenan (SOAS, University of London), Yvette Russell (Queen’s University Belfast) and Sally Sheldon (University of Kent). Participants in the discussion included: Samia Bano (SOAS, University of London), Nicola Barker (University of Kent) Samia Bano (SOAS, University of London), Nicola Barker (University of Kent), Kate Bedford (University of Kent), Brenna Bhandar (SOAS, University of London), Davina Cooper (University of Kent), Didi Herman (University of Kent), Loveday Hodson (University of Leicester), and Nirmal Puwar (Goldsmiths, University of London).