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CFP: Revaluing Care Workshop 2: Caring about Social Interconnection

h/t Doris Buss

ReValuing Care Research Network.

Revaluing Care Workshop 2: Caring about Social Interconnection,

1 – 2 September 2013 University of Adelaide, Adelaide, Australia.

Call for Papers

Following on from the Resourcing Care workshop at Keele University in September 2012, Caring about Social Interconnection will take forward conversations about care from theoretical, conceptual, and empirical perspectives.

We invite papers which critically analyse how care has been, and is being, theorised, imagined and practised across a range of contexts in light of the following questions:

  • How can the normative asymmetry of ‘care’ and ‘dependency’ be revalued to support more productive and egalitarian forms of social interconnection?
  • How do concepts of embodiment, feeling, touch and emotion interact with regulatory and governmental understandings of social interconnectedness?
  • What new perspectives on care, connection and value can be brought to bear through thinking towards future times and spaces?
  • How are academics, activist and advocates able to imagine caring spaces for social connection in the face of austerity measures, the contraction of welfare support and increases in governmental surveillance?

Please submit a title, abstract and bio with contact details to and, by 22 February 2013. Contributors will be notified of acceptance by end April 2013.

Download the Call for Papers (pdf).


A small contribution to help offset the cost of attending the Adelaide workshop will be available to support a limited number of UK participants. To apply for support, please send a 2 page CV and a letter of application by email to by 22 February 2013.

Your letter of application should detail: the amount of support required, any other sources of funding available, the importance of attendance at the Adelaide workshop for your research plans, and the contribution that your research will make to the ReValuing Care network. Applications for financial support must be accompanied by an abstract submission, and be received by 5:00pm GMT on 22 February 2013. Applications for funding will be assessed on the basis of fit with the workshop themes and ‘need’, especially with regard to access to other sources of financial support to attend.

CFP Gendered Rites/Gendered Rights : 2013 Conference of the Project on Gender, Culture, Religion, and the Law

CFP Deadline December 31; Conference April 14-15 2013

GENDERED RITES/GENDERED RIGHTS:Sex Segregation, Religious Practice, and Public Life 2013 Conference Project on Gender, Culture, Religion, and the Law Hadassah-Brandeis Institute

This call for papers via Osgoode grad, former Iacobucci J. clerk, and Director of the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute Project on Gender, Culture, Religion and the Law, Dr. Lisa Fishbayn Joffe

GENDERED RITES/GENDERED RIGHTS:Sex Segregation, Religious Practice, and Public LifeCall for PapersThe Hadassah-Brandeis Institute Project on Gender, Culture, Religion, and the Law seeks paper proposals for an international conference entitled Gendered Rites/Gendered Rights: Sex Segregation, Religious Practice, and Public Life. The Conference will be held at Brandeis University on April 14-15, 2013. Anat Hoffman, chairperson of Women of the Wall and Executive Director of the Israel Religious Action Center will open the conference, delivering the 5th Annual Markowicz Memorial Lecture on Gender and Human Rights.Many religious traditions prescribe sexually differentiated roles in religious rites and in public life. Doctrines that deem women the repository of family or communal honor may be interpreted to require that women’s behavior be carefully monitored and controlled. Conceptions of women as vulnerable to temptation or as the embodiment of temptation for men may justify demands for the segregation of women during prayer and study. In both theocratic and secular states, attempts are being made to permit segregationist practices to migrate from the religious realm to the public sphere.The challenge posed by the intersection of religious traditions that mandate these forms of sex segregation with civic norms of gender equality can be seen around the world and across religious traditions. Recent developments in Israel pose a particularly challenging example as women are subjected to demands for segregation on public buses, trains, supermarkets, doctor’s waiting rooms and merely walking in the street. This conference seeks to explore the historical and theoretical underpinnings of these developments and to identify effective and appropriate responses.

Submissions dealing with these issues in a range of religious traditions and national contexts are invited. The closing date for submission of proposals is December 31, 2012. Please include an abstract of 200 words accompanied by a brief biography. The Project on Gender, Culture, Religion, and the Law has limited funds to support travel and accommodation expenses but participants will be asked to explore funding from their own faculties. Please submit proposals and queries to Lisa Fishbayn Joffe, Director of the Project on Gender, Culture, Religion and Law at

Hadassah-BrGCRLhomeandeis Institute  |  515 South Street

CFP: International Congress on Gender Violence: Intersectionalities @ Oñati International Institute for the Sociology of Law Oñati, 10 – 12 July 2013 Deadline 4th March 2013

h/t Shelley Gavigan.

Oñati International Institute for the Sociology of Law

International Congress on Gender Violence: Intersectionalities Oñati, 10 – 12 July 2013

DirectorsAngela Melville (Scientific Director – International Institute for the Sociology of Law)
David Gadd (Centre for Criminology and Criminal JusticeManchester University School of Law)

Call for papers [+info] Deadline 4th March 2013
Papers [+info] Deadline 10th June 2013

The congress will be hosted by the International Institute for Sociology of Law, which is located in Oñati, Spain. Sessions will be held in both English and Spanish, with simultaneous translation provided for the final keynote speaker session.

This congress is aimed at examining the main conceptual frameworks for thinking about gender violence. We invite participants to consider how useful the concept of gender violence is for tackling violence against women. We also particularly encourage papers that will examine the intersections of gender violence with other determinants of inequalities. Papers are invited from researchers working in the area of gender violence, as well as policy makers, practitioners and activists. We feel that this interdisciplinary may help to produce new conceptualisations of gender violence.

The topic of gender violence is especially relevant to Spain and the Basque country. Spain has been a relative latecomer to legislation to address gender violence, although is now attempting to a take a lead in Europe. In Spain, violence against women is seen to be a problem of gender violence. The decision to use the concept of gender rather than domestic violence was based on the recognition that violence against women arises from gender inequalities that extend outside of the domestic sphere, and are connected to patriarchy.

However, this definition has also been criticised for only conceptualising violence with intimate partnerships, and excluding other types of violence such as sexual harassment, rape, trafficking of women etc. The definition also does not recognise the intersectionality of violence with race, ethnicity, sexuality, disability and other structural determinants of inequality. For instance, Amnesty International has argued that undocumented migrant women in Spain who have been the victims of violence have not been able to access services provided to other victims. In addition, despite the provision of considerable funding to tackle the problem, gender violence appears to be a growing problem in Spain, and it is becoming clear that legislation reform alone is not sufficient to address the problem. Clearly these problems are not limited to Spain, and we invite different international examples and comparative perspectives.

Congress themes

This congress is aimed at examining existing and producing new conceptual frameworks for thinking about gender violence. It is proposed to have sessions on:

    • New theoretical models of gender violence: questioning the primacy of gender inequality
    • The persistence of gender violence as a gendered phenomenon
    • The intersection of gender, race and ethnicity
    • Giving voice of marginalised women: disabled women’s experiences of violence
    • Debunking stereotypes of battered women: intersections of gender and class
    • Sexuality and violence


Angela Melville (International Institute for the Sociology of Law)
Ana Isabel Pérez Machio (Instituto Vasco de Criminología. Universidad del País Vasco)
Arantza Campos (UPV/EHU)
David Gadd (Manchester University School of Law)

For further information:
IISL (Meetings)
Antigua Universidad
Apartado 28
20560 Oñati (Gipuzkoa) – Spain
Tel.: +34 943 71 88 89
Fax: +34 943 78 31 47


Feminist Legal Studies Queens Conference on Women's Health and Equality

Click here for the CFP in pdf.

FEMINIST LEGAL STUDIES QUEEN’S CALL FOR PAPERS  Bodies of Law: Women’s Health and Equality
March 1‐2, 2013 in Kingston, Ontario
The goal of the symposium is to identify how laws affect women’s health and how
improvements in health lead to greater equality. This event will analyze ways in
which gender equality in women’s health is an outcome of legal discourses through
examining law at the provincial and federal levels, the Canadian Charter of Rights
and Freedoms, and international conventions to promote health and equality, such
as the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women
(CEDAW). The symposium is intended to provide a forum to examine proposals for
policy reform to improve women’s health and equality.
FLSQ invites health law and equality specialists, academic and practicing lawyers,
policy analysts, interdisciplinary experts, students in law, health sciences, policy
studies, and other university disciplines, and community representatives to submit
proposals for papers as part of panel discussions to examine the interaction of
equality provisions and health and to identify means of achieving better outcomes.
Proposals are invited on the following issues, as well as on other issues proposed by
those responding to this call for papers:
 Inequalities in gender, Aboriginal status, and mental health as determinants of health
Conceptualizing women’s health and human rights
Assisted human reproduction law: surrogacy, commodification, and cross‐border arrangements
Trafficking in women and body parts
Gender‐specific promotion of tobacco control and obesity prevention through international and domestic law
Criminal and tort law rights regarding pregnancy and abortion
Prisoners’ physical and mental health
Clinical trials and drug regulation: disabling conditions and disadvantage resulting from exclusions and regulatory limitations
Women and HIV/AIDS law
Health images in advertising – tobacco counter‐advertising; pharmaceutical drug promotion
Maternal mortality and reproductive rights
Beijing Conference on Women and Platform for Action revisited
Intellectual disabilities and rights to health
Mental health and law: diagnoses, stigma, and treatment
Sexual abuse by health practitioners
Reproductive health and genetics
Law and policy reform related to any of these substantive topics,based on doctrinal, theoretical, empirical, comparative, or
interdisciplinary approaches.
Call for papers:
Submissions grounded in health, domestic or international law, public policy, social anthropology, history of medicine, sociology, economics, women’s/gender studies, human rights, or political studies are sought.
Date and Location: The conference will be held at the University Club and the Faculty of Law building, Macdonald Hall, at Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario on Friday March 1 and Saturday March 2, 2013.
Submitting paper proposals:
If you are interested in presenting a paper or organizing a panel on a specific issue, please email a short outline of your proposal (a paragraph in length) to Patricia Peppin (at or Bita Amani (at A proposal may be made at any time until November 28, 2012. Participation will be confirmed by December 14, 2012.
Travel funding:
When submitting a paper or panel proposal, please indicate whether you would be able to obtain institutional support to attend, or whether you could attend only if you receive funding from Feminist Legal Studies Queen’s.
Attendance without presenting a paper is welcome, as the goal is to discuss a wide variety of equality issues. Contact the organizers to indicate interest and obtain registration information. Some funding is available to assist students to attend. We encourage you to register early. Registration will open on November 15. For further information please contact:

Prof. Patricia Peppin, Conference Coordinator:

Prof. Bita Amani, Co‐Director Feminist Legal Studies Queen’s Feminist Legal Studies Queen’s

one Conference (Environmental Justice) + one CFP (Race, Migration…)

November 8 – 10 2012: “Environmental Justice and Human Rights: Investigating the Tensions, Exploring the Possibilities”

Can indigenous peoples, ethnic minorities, women and people living in poverty mobilize human rights in a positive way to combat environmental problems that affect their health and their physical, psychological and material well-being? How does the human rights system increase the capacity of marginalized groups to defend and protect themselves in decision-making processes that could jeopardize their interests in relation to the environment?

Program , registration info and call for volunteers here: via Environmental Justice and Human Rights: Investigating the Tensions, Exploring the Possibilities | Human Rights Research and Education Center/Le Centre de recherche et d’enseignement sur les droits de la personne.

h/t osgoode’s own Dayna Scott, who is on the program to talk pipelines.



Race, Migration, Citizenship: Postcolonial and Decolonial Perspectives (December 14, 2012) Theme: Race, Migration, Citizenship: Postcolonial and Decolonial Perspectives Type: International Conference Institution: Department of Sociology, University of Warwick Birmingham and Midland Institute Location: Birmingham (United Kingdom) Date: 4.–5.7.2012 Deadline: 14.12.2012 Against the backdrop of decolonisation, a global economic boom was accompanied by tightened border controls, ever more punitive asylum regimes and limited access to citizenship. Immigration from former colonies to former metropoles has been limited in the postcolonial period as racialised discourses have set the West in opposition to an alien ‘rest’. Now, in this ‘age of austerity’, the strength of the old powers is weakening as other parts of the world, the so called ‘BRICs’, grow in strength. Yet the old racial hierarchies appear stubbornly resonant within Europe and the white settler colonies and other hierarchies, for example around caste, are increasingly coming to the fore in other countries. Foregrounding postcolonial and decolonial perspectives, this conference will provide a forum in which to discuss the context for emerging patterns of exclusion, for asking what the conditions for political equality might be, and for posing the question “what has ‘race’ got to do with migration and citizenship?” among many others.


Abstracts of no more than 200 words are welcomed from across the social scences and humanities on the following themes: 1. Race, Racism, and Prejudice 2. Racial and Colonial Institutional Orders 3. Modernity/Coloniality and Global (In)justice 4. Asylum after Empire 5. Cosmopolitan Citizens and Multicultural Societies: The New Crisis of Europe 6. Europe and Africa. Citizenship and the Legacies of Colonialism 7. Diaspora, Colonialism, and Postcolonialism Send your abstracts to Deadline for abstracts: 14th December 2012 Contact: Gurminder K. Bhambra and Lucy Mayblin Phone: +44 121 236-3591 Email: Web: