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CFP: Applied Feminism and Health conference March 2014 in Baltimore

h/t Jennifer Koshan. The webpage of the U Baltimore School of Law’s Center on Applied Feminism is here.

CALL FOR PAPERS: “APPLIED FEMINISM AND HEALTH”

The University of Baltimore School of Law’s Center on Applied Feminism seeks submissions for its Seventh Annual Feminist Legal Theory Conference.  This year’s theme is “Applied Feminism and Health.”  The conference will be held on March 6 and 7, 2014.  For more information about the conference, please visit law.ubalt.edu/caf.

With the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (or Obamacare) and renewed attacks on reproductive health in the United States, the time is right to consider the relationship between feminism and health across multiple dimensions.  This conference seeks to explore the intersections between feminist legal theory and physical, mental, public, and community health in the United States and abroad.  Papers might explore the following questions:  What impact has feminist legal theory had on women’s health policy and practice? How might feminist legal theory respond to the health challenges facing communities and individuals, as well as increase access to health care?  What sort of support should society and law provide to ensure good health?  How do law and feminist legal theory conceptualize the role of the state in relation to health rights and reproductive justice?  What are the links between health, feministlegal theory, and sports?  Are there rights to good health and what are their foundations?  How do health needs and conceptions of rights vary across cultural, economic, religious, and other identities?  What are the areas where health justice is needed and how might feminist legal theory help?

This conference will attempt to address these and other questions from the perspectives of activists, practitioners, and academics.  The conference will provide an opportunity for participants and audience members to exchange ideas about the current state of feminist legal theories.  We hope to deepen our understandings of how feminist legal theory relates to health and to move new insights into practice.  In addition, the conference is designed to provide presenters with the opportunity to gain feedback on their papers.

The conference will begin the afternoon of Thursday, March 6, 2014, with a workshop for conference participants.   This workshop will continue the annual tradition of involving all attendees as participants in an interactive discussion and reflection.   On Friday, March 7, 2014, the conference will continue with a day of presentations by legal academics, practitioners and activists regarding current scholarship and/or legal work that explores the application of feminist legal theory to issues involving health.   The conference will be open to the public and will feature a keynote speaker. Past keynote speakers have included Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison, Dr. Maya Angelou, Gloria Steinem, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Sheryl WuDunn, and Senators Barbara Mikulski and Amy Klobuchar.

To submit a paper proposal, please submit an abstract by Friday, 5 p.m. on November1, 2013, to ubfeministconference@gmail.com.  It is essential that your abstract contain your full contact information, including an email, phone number, and mailing addres swhere you can be reached.  In the “Re”line, please state:  CAF Conference 2014.  Abstracts should be no longer than one page.  We will notify presenters of selected papers in mid-November. We anticipate being able to have twelve paper presenters during the conference on Friday, March 7, 2014. About half the presenter slots will be reserved for authors who commit to publishing in the symposium volume of the University of Baltimore Law Review.  Thus, please indicate at the bottom of your abstract whether you are submitting (1) solely to present, or (2) to present and publish in the symposium volume.  Authors who are interested in publishing in the Law Review will be strongly considered for publication.  Regardless of whether or not you are publishing in the symposium volume, all working drafts of papers will be due no later than February, 14, 2014.   Abstracts will be posted on the Center on Applied Feminism’s conference website to be shared with other participants and attendees.

We look forward to your submissions.  If you have further questions, please contact Prof. Michele Gilman at mgilman@ubalt.edu.

CFP: Feminist Legal Studies Queen's presents Arctic/Northern Women: Situating Law & Justice in Development and Equality

This picture of a woman's hand holding an ulu is taken from http://www.flickr.com/photos/lac-bac/6347653013/in/set-72157628135696830 - the Flickr stream of the Rosemary Gillat Fonds held by Library and Archives CanadaFeminist Legal Studies Queen’s (Profs Kathleen Lahey & Bita Amani) has put out a really interesting call for papers, “Arctic/Northern Women: Situating Law and Justice in Development and Equality: In celebration of Dr. Patricia A. Monture“.  Proposals can be submitted up to October 4, 2013.

The picture is of a woman’s hand holding an ulu.  The full picture can be seen at the source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/lac-bac/6347653013/in/set-72157628135696830 – the Flickr stream of the Rosemary Gillat Fonds held by Library and Archives Canada.   An ulu is a “woman’s knife” ᐅᓗ.

Women use all kinds of tools, of course.  Have you seen this website – Feeding my Family ?  An eyeopener about food security in the North.  See also 15 Sw. J. Int’l L. 223 (2008-2009)
Northern Frontier, Northern Homeland: Inuit People’s Food Security in the Age of Climate Change and Arctic Melting by the University of Ottawa’s Sophie Theriault. Click here for access via Hein online (not open access),  Another article to consider is Isabel Altamirano-Jiménez (U of A) Nunavut: Whose Homeland, Whose Voices? Canadian Woman Studies26.3/4 (Winter/Spring 2008): 128-134 (also not available open access – try  via ProQuest if you have access to the database).

 

Arctic/Northern Women: Situating Law and Justice in Development and Equality:  In celebration of Dr. Patricia A. Monture (1958-2010)

Feb. 28-March 1, 2014 in Kingston, Ontario

 

Arctic and northern regions of the globe are undergoing rapid climate, economic, and social changes. This conference will focus on how these changes affect women’s legal, economic, and social status with particular reference to challenges facing indigenous, northern, racialized, and immigrant women. Relevant legal frameworks include international human rights, including the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the Universal Declaration on Human Rights, and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women; constitutional provisions, including the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and section 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982; and domestic laws and policies. This conference is designed to accelerate access to legal and policy research concerning Arctic/northern women, people affected by changes occurring in and as the result of policies in circumpolar states, and proposals for governance and policy reforms.

 

This conference is convened in celebration of the life and work of Dr. Patricia A. Monture, Queen’s Law 1988, Hon. LL.D. (Athabaska and Queen’s), a fierce and proud Haudenosaunee woman who graced the Queen’s and Kingston communities with her tireless teachings as she confronted the realities of racism, colonialism, and Aboriginal existences. For those who wish to address the many challenges and contributions made by Dr. Monture in her work and activism, please see Malinda Smith, ‘Thunder in her soul,’ at http://www.idees-ideas.ca/blog/thunder-her-soul-remembering-patricia-monturex.

 

FLSQ invites academic and practicing lawyers, policy analysts, interdisciplinary and comparative scholars and experts, students in law and other disciplines, community members, and those involved in research and governance to submit proposals for papers that examine issues relevant to this broad area of engagement.

Proposals are invited on the following topics, as well as on others proposed in response to this call for papers:

  • First Nations, Inuit, and Metis women, indigenous women in other regions
  • The ‘paradox of plenty’ and nonrenewable resource extraction
  • Traditional economies and reciprocal relationships
  • Self-governance and political agency
  • Environmental issues, including human and ecological degradation, settlements, and human health
  • Fiscal policies and tax jurisdictions
  • Legal education and legal needs of indigenous and northern women
  • Commons, users, and concepts of property, including traditional knowledges
  • Science, nation building, and militarization in circumpolar states
  • Food, shelter, and wellbeing in northern regions
  • State systems and policy options
  • Demographics of northern and extractive regions
  • Sexual assault, trafficking, and violence
  • Globalization and interstate politics
  • Corporate governance
  • De/re/neo/colonizations
  • Economic development and social inequalities
  • Public services and accountability
  • Maternal and reproductive health
  • International human rights
  • 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 Aboriginal studies, domestic or international law, public policy, social anthropology, history, sociology, economics, philosophy, women’s/gender studies, human rights, or political studies are sought.

 

Date and Location:  The conference will be held at the Faculty of Law building, Macdonald Hall, 128 Union St., Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario on Friday Feb. 28 and Saturday March 1, 2014.

 

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 Kathleen Lahey (at kal2@queensu.ca) or Bita Amani (at amanib@queensu.ca).  A proposal may be made at any time until October 4, 2013.  Participation will be confirmed in November 2013.

 

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.

 

Registration:

Attendance without presenting a paper is welcome, as the goal is to discuss a wide variety of equality and justice issues. Contact the organizers to indicate interest and obtain registration information. Some funding is available to assist students to attend. Registration will open on November 15.

 

 

Accommodation and childcare:

Information on accommodation will be provided on request. Anyone wanting childcare should mention this request so appropriate arrangements can be made.

 

For further information please contact:

 

Prof. Kathleen Lahey                                                  Prof. Bita Amani

Co-Director                                                                 Co-Director

Feminist Legal Studies Queen’s                                 Feminist Legal Studies Queen’s

Faculty of Law, Queen’s University                          Faculty of Law, Queen’s University

Kingston, Ontario                                                       Kingston, Ontario

kal2@queensu.ca                                                        amanib@queensu.ca

 

 

 

CFP: LSA 2014 Minneapolis: Law & Inequality (Feminist Legal Theory CRN)

vintage look poster for minneapolis, minnesotaIt is already (?!) time to get ready for next years mammoth (american) Law and Society meeting – 2014 is in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Prince’s hometown! One of the most literate cities in the United States. More theatre seats per capita than any US city other than New York.  Some pretty amazing bookstores (this one, this one owned by Louise Erdich).  There are lakes in the city.  With food that looks amazing.  Not that you needed a reason, just some things the internet coughed up about Minneapolis.

The theme is Law & Inequalties – see below for the general call.  The feminist legal theory CRN (collaborative research network – see this post from 2012 “What’s a CRN?“) is one way to make LSA more human sized.  The FLT CRN will organize a series of linked panels – information about that below – thanks to Columbia JSD candidate Sarah Swan for sending it along.

NOTE THAT THE FLT CRN DEADLINE IS SEPTEMBER 18TH.  THAT IS THIS MONTH NOW, FOR THOSE OF YOU STILL IN DENIAL.

May 29 – June 1, 2014
Minneapolis Hilton Hotel
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Law and Inequalities: Global and Local

Recent decades have seen the persistence and growth of powerful inequalities within and between groups and within and among nations. The 2014 program theme returns to a question central to the Association’s founding:  the role of law and legal institutions in sustaining, creating, interrogating, and ameliorating inequalities. The 2014 Program invites participants to explore and consider three questions:

  • How can Law and Society scholarship contribute to unearthing and understanding inequalities?
  • How can Law and Society scholarship contribute to the critical interrogation of discourses of equality and inequality and help to reveal what is at stake in these concepts?
  • What impact can we expect these scholarly contributions to have on the persistence of these inequalities and on public discourse about them?

See more on the theme

Click here for Law and Society Association website

 

Feminist Legal Theory Collaborative Research Network

at the Law and Society Association Annual Meeting

Call for Papers – September 18 Deadline

Mary Tyler Moore opening credits (because it happens in Minneapolis) Minneapolis, May 29 – June 1, 2014

 

Dear friends and colleagues,

                                                                                              

We write to invite you to participate in panels sponsored by the Feminist Legal Theory Collaborative Research Network at the Law and Society Annual Meeting in 2014.

 

Information about the Law and Society meeting (including registration and hotel information) is at: http://www.lawandsociety.org/minneapolis2014/Minneapolis2014.html.

 

Within Law & Society, the Feminist Legal Theory CRN seeks to bring together scholars across a range of fields who are interested in feminist legal theory. There is no pre-set theme to which papers must conform. We would be especially happy to see proposals that fit in with the LSA conference theme, which is the role of law and legal institutions in sustaining, creating, interrogating, and ameliorating inequalities.  We welcome proposals that would permit us to collaborate with other CRNs, such as the Critical Research on Race and the Law CRN or the Gender, Sexuality and the Law CRN. Also, because the LSA meeting attracts scholars from other disciplines, we welcome multidisciplinary proposals.

 

Our goal is to stimulate focused discussion of papers on which scholars are currently working. Thus, while proposals may reference work that is well on the way to publication, we are particularly eager to solicit proposals for works-in-progress that are at an earlier stage and will benefit from the discussion that the panels will provide.

 

Our panels will use the LSA format, which requires four papers, but we will continue our custom of assigning a commentator for each individual paper. A committee of the CRN will assign individual papers to panels based on subject and will ask CRN members to volunteer to serve as chairs of each panel. The chair will develop a 100-250 word description for the session and submit the session proposal to LSA before the upcoming deadline on October 15, so that each panelist can submit his or her proposal, using the panel number assigned. Chairs will also be responsible for recruiting commentators but may wait to do so until panels have been scheduled later this winter.

 

If you would like to present a paper as part of a CRN panel, please submit a 400-500 word abstract, with your name and a title, on the Feminist Legal Theory CRN TWEN page (details provided below).If you would like to serve as a chair or a commentator for one of our panels, or if you are already planning a LSA session with four panelists (and papers) that you would like to see included in the Feminist Legal Theory CRN, please let Rachel Rebouche know (rebouche@temple.edu). In addition to these panels, we may try to use some of the other formats that the LSA provides: the “author meets readers” format, salon, or the roundtable discussion.  If you have an idea that you think would work well in one of these formats, please let us know.

TWEN is an online resource administered by Westlaw. If you have access to Westlaw but haven’t yet registered for the TWEN page, signing up is easy:

 

If you have Westlaw OnePass as a faculty member, follow this link:

http://lawschool.westlaw.com/shared/courselink.asp?course=113601&lID=4%3D2, then click on the link to the Feminist Legal Theory CRN TWEN page.

 

Or, sign onto Westlaw, hit the tab on the top for “TWEN,” then click “Add Course,” and choose the “Feminist Legal Theory” CRN from the drop-down list of National TWEN Courses.

 

Once you arrive at the Feminist Legal Theory CRN TWEN page, look to the left hand margin and click on “Law & Society 2014 – Abstracts.”  If you do not have a Westlaw password, please email Seema Mohapatra at smohapatra@barry.edu and ask to be enrolled directly.

 

Please submit all proposals for paper presentations by Wednesday, September 18, 2013. This will permit us to organize panels and submit them prior to the LSA’s deadline on October 15. If we cannot accept all proposals for the CRN, we will notify you by early October so that you can submit an independent proposal to LSA.

 

We hope you’ll join us in Minneapolis to discuss the scholarship in which we are all engaged and connect with others doing work on feminism and gender.

 

Best,

 

LSA Planning Committee

 

Francine Banner

Arianne Renan Barzila

Beth Burkstrand-Reid

Jessica Clarke

Alesha Durfee

Marie Failinger

Elizabeth Kukura

Kara Loewentheil

Seema Mohapatra

Dara Purvis

Rachel Rebouche

Sarah Swan

 

CFProposals: Radically Rethink Marriage with @kootenaydreams & @nicolajbarker

Easing back from my vacation into the webworld.  Strangely, I didn’t miss it much this time.  I think that means that i am now clearly associating the web with work – this is not, I think, a good thing.  But this next is –  a  great looking CF Proposals via Nicola Barker (Kent) @nicolaJbarker (see previous IFLS posts re Nicola here) and Suzanne Lenon (Lethbridge) @kootenaydreams

Note that this conference might be at Onati in Spain – the fall back is ….Paris.  So there is that too.

Radically Rethinking Marriage

Deadline for Submissions: September 20, 2013 (Workshop: July 2015)

find this conference on FB, here.

Over the last few months the issue of same-sex marriage has once again received a lot of international attention with the partial repeal of DOMA in the United States, the overturning of Proposition 8 in California, and the legalization of same-sex marriage in the United Kingdom. But as with previous debates in countries that have already introduced same-sex marriage, the public debates have contained little or no critical interrogation of the institution of marriage itself. Feminist critiques of marriage, once widespread in academia, have been silenced by the difficulty of interjecting in an argument strongly shaped by discourses of love, and where the premise of the dispute is itself delimited by a framing that understands marriage as an unquestioned good that should either be protected in its ‘traditional’ form, or available to all couples. But how could feminists radically rethink marriage? What is at stake (politically, materially, affectively) in such an endeavour? What would “rethinking marriage” look like?

This two-day workshop seeks to bring together feminist scholars working across disciplines to radically rethink law(s) of and around marriage. We seek papers that offer an engaged analysis and re-imagining of marriage within law, attending to the complexities of its racial, sexual, gendered, class and colonial effects. Abstracts may engage any of the following (or other) broad themes:
• Same-sex marriage
• Polygamy
• Polyamory
• Alternative property regimes
• the ‘Beyond Marriage’ movement
• Conjugality
• Sovereignty and/or decolonization
• Marriage and wealth

In the spirit of the feminist judgments projects,* we ask that abstracts (1) identify a specific case, statute or key article and/or debate from the literature and (2) offer a re-thinking, new interpretation or rewriting: How could we decide a case or interpret a statute differently? Is it even possible to (re)imagine its transformative potentiality? How could we fill gaps in the key articles or debates, in ways that fundamentally challenge the existing legal institution of marriage? Is there a feminist alternative to marriage?

Submissions are encouraged from scholars, activists and artists and are not limited to traditional academic papers.

Once we have abstracts we will apply to hold the workshop at the International Institute for the Sociology of Law in Oñati, Spain.

If this is not possible, it will be held at the University of Kent’s campus in Paris. Participants are responsible for their own travel and health insurance, travel costs, registration fee, and accommodations.

Deadline for Submissions:

A 500 word abstract and title, along with affiliations and a short biography, should be sent in electronic form (Word document) to Suzanne Lenon, Women & Gender Studies, University of Lethbridge, suzanne.lenon@uleth.ca and Nicola Barker, Kent Law School, University of Kent, n.j.barker@kent.ac.uk by September 20, 2013.

Please do not hesitate to contact us for further information.

*For more information on the Feminist Judgment Projects, see: Women’s Court of Canada, http://womenscourt.ca/home/; Feminist Judgments Project http://www.kent.ac.uk/law/fjp/; Irish Feminist Judgments Project http://humanrights.ie/announcements/introducing-the-irish-feminist-judgments-project/; and Australian Feminist Judgments Project http://www.law.uq.edu.au/australian-feminist-judgments-project. See also E. Brems (ed.) Diversity and European Human Rights: Rewriting Judgments of the ECHR (CUP, 2013).

CFP's and other opps via the Centre for Feminist Research (Yorku) mailing list.

These all came through the Centre for Feminist Research (Yorku) mailing list. This is a low traffic list with specially chosen events and announcements. I don’t think i have ever received more than one email per week.  Think about joining – just email cfr@yorku.ca with a request to join the list.

CFP: Critical Perspectives on Gender Equality Measurement in Canada.  Edited Volume (Deadline Aug. 15, 2013)

Gender equality has been actively embraced globally as a policy goal and social value by governments, agencies, organizations, and private sector actors. In the last 15 years, these same institutions and actors have designed various instruments to measure gender equality that are often highly technocratic and result in the production of vast qualitative and quantitative data. An unparalleled production of instruments and conceptual frameworks to measure gender now exist; yet, the focus to date has concentrated on the effectiveness of the instruments employed for inclusion and evaluation rather than analysis of the broader impact of the project of gender equality measurement itself.  In addition, the study and practice of the different measurement techniques and protocols has unfolded in geographic or institutional silos with little or no cross communication. At the same time, there are serious critiques of the gender equality measurement project per se from scholars, activists and policy makers.  On one end of the spectrum are concerns that the focus on gender undermines neutral standards and results in discriminatory rather than equitable practices and policies. Other critiques posit that measuring gender equality results in assimilation or tokenism that effectively masks and exacerbates inequities. This collection will undertake an assessment of gender equality measurement as it has unfolded in Canada. We are seeking contributions that address the state-of-the-art in gender equality measurement, including research into how gender equality is measured and how existing practices can be improved, as well as articles that examine and critique the “technical turn” in policies that promote gender equality. Papers are welcome that consider the multiple and often contradictory effects of the emphasis on measurement for policy, governance, and feminist advocacy and research. What is being measured and how? How has the choice of measurement tools affected the vision of gender equality that is promoted? Who is accepted as a gender expert?  Under what conditions have current measurement efforts furthered gender equality goals, and under what conditions has it undermined them? We are interested in papers that span all scales of gender equality measurement, from studies of municipal governments to international institutions, as well as contributions that explore these issues in public, private or non-profit sectors. Guidelines for submission: Please submit a 300-word abstract of your proposed contribution and a 100-word biography by August 15, 2013 to co-editors Christina Gabriel (Christina.Gabriel@carleton.ca<mailto:Christina.Gabriel@carleton.ca>) or Pauline Rankin (Pauline.Rankin@carleton.ca<mailto:Pauline.Rankin@carleton.ca>). Potential contributors will be contacted by September 15, 2013. Draft papers will be due February 15, 2014. This timeline is in anticipation of a manuscript for submission to a university press in Summer 2014. L. Pauline Rankin, Associate Dean – Research and Graduate Affairs, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Carleton University, 1125 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, Ontario, K1S 5B6

 

OPPORTUNITIES

 

Legal Research Assistant, Envisioning Global LGBT Human Rights-York University (June 20)

We are seeking a Research Assistant with expertise in law to participate in a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada: SSHRC funded study: “Envisioning Global LGBT Human Rights” led by principal investigator Nancy Nicol (York University).  The position is ideal for a LLM. The successful applicant will be working with the Law and Human Rights Mechanisms Research Team of Envisioning, co-chaired by Douglas Elliott, (Roy Elliott O’Connor: REOLAW), Susan Ursel (Ursel Phillips Fellows Hopkinson LLP) and Kim Vance (Arc International) and with international colleagues and partners from Canada, Kenya, Uganda, Botswana, Jamaica, Belize, and Guyana. Envisioning Global LGBT Human Rights is an international research project that fosters links between Canada and the Global South to document and analyze i) criminalization of LGBT people, ii) flight from violence and persecution, iii) resistance to criminalization, and iv) the interaction between International Treaty Body Human Rights Mechanisms and LGBT rights initiatives. Based in a participatory research approach, Envisioning is made up of community partners and community and academic researchers in Canada, Africa, the Caribbean, and India. Responsibilities: Envisioning seeks a qualified graduate student to assist with academic legal research related to the project’s broader mandate as well as some administrative work related to project knowledge mobilization. Contingent on emerging priorities and needs of the project, the student will be working on the following: Conduct comparative analysis, as required, on the possible application of Canadian Constitutional Rights principles as they relate to human and constitutional rights for LGBTI persons in jurisdictions which have adopted Canadian style Charters and/or Bills of Rights in the Caribbean and African countries involved in this project. Assist in the finalization of draft research papers. Assist in compilation and gathering of pleadings in case law relevant to the study. Comment, summarize, and analyze the judgment of the Supreme Court of India in the Naz Foundation case as and when it comes out. Prepare background synopsis of anti-discrimination legislation in India, especially in employment matters. And, any potential positive impact in the wake of Naz Foundation judgment from the High Court of Delhi. Prepare a brief comparative analysis of human rights mechanisms working in Canada and India such as under the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) and the National/State Human Rights Commission (N/SHRC), India. Qualifications: LLM student with demonstrated interest and strong international research skills in one or more areas: comparative criminal law in common law jurisdictions; comparative constitutional law in common law jurisdictions; human rights in common law jurisdictions; lgbti and diversity legal issues in a global context. Additional qualifications: Demonstrated interest and knowledge in any one or more of the jurisdictions under study: Uganda; Kenya; Botswana; Jamaica; Belize; Guyana; India.  This position will run from September 2013 – April 2014.  Hours of work will average at 10 hours per week. The position will be an RA or GA position at York FGS salary rates and benefits. The position is contingent on FGS approval of the MFGA/RA (matching fund GA or RA) submission and eligibility of the student for a MFGA/RA. Some research travel may be included in this position depending on budgetary considerations and overall research needs. Please forward electronic CV, covering letter and the names and telephone numbers of two (2) references, attention to Professor Nancy Nicol, PI Envisioning Global LGBT Human Rights to:  Julia Pyryeskina, Project Administrator – Envisioning Global LGBT Human Rights, Room 606, York Research Tower, 4700 Keele St. Toronto ON M3J 1P3 , Tuesday-Thursday, 8.30am-4.30pm, 416 736 2100, ext. 44567, Deadline for applications is June 20,_2013.

 

[4] MA Research Assistant, Envisioning Global LGBT Human Rights- York University (June 20, 2013)

We are seeking a Research Assistant with expertise in sexualities studies, law and society, sociology or related field specifically as it relates to Africa – to participate in a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada: SSHRC funded study: “Envisioning Global LGBT Human Rights” led by principal investigator Nancy Nicol (York University).  The position is ideal for a MA. The successful applicant will be working with the PI Nancy Nicol, the Africa Research Team chaired by Richard Lusimbo (Sexual Minorities Uganda: SMUG) and the Africa Law caucus of Envisioning chaired by: Susan Ursel (Ursel Phillips Fellows Hopkinson LLP) and with community based researchers, lawyers and academics based in Canada, Uganda, Botswana, and Kenya. Envisioning Global LGBT Human Rights is an international research project that fosters links between Canada and the Global South to document and analyze i) criminalization of LGBT people, ii) flight from violence and persecution, iii) resistance to criminalization, and iv) the interaction between International Treaty Body Human Rights Mechanisms and LGBT rights initiatives. Based in a participatory research approach, Envisioning is made up of community partners and community and academic researchers in Canada, Africa, the Caribbean, and India. Responsibilities: Envisioning seeks a qualified graduate student to assist with research related to the project’s broader mandate.  Contingent on emerging priorities and needs of the project, the student will be working on: literature review, study source and data searches, qualitative data analysis of key informant interviews related to sexual orientation/expression and gender identity/expression in Africa focusing on Kenya, Uganda and Botswana; customary law and pre-colonial laws and understandings of sexuality, sexual orientation/expression and gender identity/expression. The position will also include some administrative duties, including maintaining dialogue with the study’s academic and community-based researchers. Dependent upon performance there may be opportunities for conference presentations, contribution to report writing and co-authorship on publications. Qualifications:  We are seeking applicants at the MA level of study with experience and interest in qualitative research.  Applicant must have excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication, time management and organizational skills and an ability to work both independently and as a team member in carrying out their responsibilities.  Demonstrated interest in one or more of the jurisdictions under study: Uganda; Kenya; Botswana, and in sexualities, and sexual orientation and gender identity in Africa. This position will run from September 2013 – April 2014.  Hours of work will average at 10 hours per week. The position will be an RA or GA position at York FGS salary rates and benefits. The position is contingent on FGS approval of the MFGA/RA (matching fund GA or RA) submission and eligibility of the student for a MFGA/RA. Please forward electronic CV, covering letter and the names and telephone numbers of two (2) references, attention to Professor Nancy Nicol, PI Envisioning Global LGBT Human Rights to: Julia Pyryeskina, Project Administrator – Envisioning Global LGBT Human Rights, Room 606, York Research Tower, 4700 Keele St. Toronto ON M3J 1P3, Tuesday Thursday, 8.30am-4.30pm, 416 736 2100 ext. 44567. Deadline for applications is June 20, 2013.  Interviews with shortlisted candidates will take place during the week of June 24.

 

PhD Research Assistant, Envisioning Global LGBT Human Rights- York University (June 10, 2013)

We are seeking a PhD student with an interest in LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) asylum and refugee issues, to participate in a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada: SSHRC funded study: “Envisioning Global LGBT Human Rights” led by principal investigator Nancy Nicol (Visual Arts, York University).  The position is ideal for a doctoral student in refugee studies, political science, social sciences, social work, sociology or a related field. Envisioning Global LGBT Human Rights is an international research project that fosters links between Canada and the Global South to document and analyze i) criminalization of LGBT people, ii) flight from violence and persecution, iii) resistance to criminalization, and iv) the interaction between International Treaty Body Human Rights Mechanisms and LGBT rights initiatives. Based in a participatory research approach, Envisioning is made up of community partners and community and academic researchers in Canada, Africa, the Caribbean, and India. The successful applicant will be working with the Canada Research Team, chaired by Nick Mulé (Social Work, York University) and Erika Gates-Gasse (Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants: OCASI), which is examining conditions and issues affecting LGBT-identified asylum seekers and refugees coming to Canada.  Responsibilities: Literature review, study source and data searches, qualitative data analysis, coding and thematic/content analysis of focus group transcripts, maintaining dialogue with study’s academic and community-based researchers and some administrative duties and assistance with report writing.  Dependent upon performance there may be opportunities conference presentations and co-authorship on publications. Qualifications:  We are seeking applicants at the doctoral level of study with experience and interest in qualitative research and qualitative data analysis.  Knowledge of current Canadian refugee and asylum seeking policy and experience with qualitative data analysis software (i.e. N’Vivo) would be considered assets.  Applicant must have excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication, time management and organizational skills and an ability to work both independently and as a team member in carrying out their responsibilities.  This position will run from September 2013 – April 2014.  Hours of work will average at 10 hours per week. The position will be an RA or GA position at York FGS salary rates and benefits if a GA. The position is contingent on FGS approval of the MFGA/RA (matching fund GA or RA) submission and eligibility of the student for a MFGA/RA. Please forward electronic CV, covering letter and the names and telephone numbers of two (2) references, attention to Professor Nancy Nicol, PI Envisioning Global LGBT Human Rights to: Julia Pyryeskina, Project Administrator – Envisioning Global LGBT, Human Rights, Room 606, York Research Tower, 4700 Keele St. Toronto ON M3J 1P3 , Tuesday-Thursday, 8.30am-4.30pm, 416 736 2100 ext. 44567, Deadline for, applications is June 10, 2013. Interviews with shortlisted candidates will take place during the week of June 17.

 

Volunteer and Outreach Development Coordinator, with the Centre for Women and Trans People, York University (Deadline June 21, 2013) 

Job Posting at The Centre for Women and Trans People at York University,Toronto, ON.Position Title: Volunteer and Outreach Development Coordinator

Position Type: Casual Employment, July 2/13-Nov 30/13, 20hrs/wk, workdays. Negotiable. Wage: $19.50/hr. Workplace Environment: Union, CUPE 1281. Starting Date: July 2, 2013. Application Deadline: June 21, 2013. Interviews will be held the week of June 24th. The volunteer coordinator is responsible for attracting, recruiting, and retaining volunteers for CWTP. The focus is to leave staff and collective members with a detailed strategic plan outlining the steps to coordinate all areas of the volunteer cycle. The Centre for Women & Trans People at York University is a unionized workplace with CUPE Local 1281. As per the Collective Agreement, this is a temporary project-based position of five months and will not accrue seniority

or permanent status. About the Centre for Women and Trans People. The Centre for Women & Trans People (CWTP or “The Centre”) is a student- funded, collectively run, volunteer-driven organization at York University. We are a progressive, pro-choice, anti-racist, queer-positive, trans-positive, feminist organization committed to: Breaking the social isolation that women and trans people face on campus through programming, socials and networking events Individual and collective empowerment through esteem building, education and decolonization Providing services such as crisis intervention, peer-support, and referrals from a feminist, anti-oppressive framework Acting as a resource base for understanding and organizing on issues around gender violence and social justice Creating working relationships between students and the University administration, where students are directly involved in developing policies and programs that make the campus safer for everyone Developing a culture of resistance and celebration through event organizing and by supporting initiatives by local artists. Qualifications: Demonstrated experience and commitment in working from a feminist, trans- inclusive, anti-oppressive framework Understanding of systemic, historical and everyday barriers and oppressions that play out in academia and in the community-at-large. Previous experience in organizing with marginalized groups/communities Experience in the social service sector in the area of training and outreach. Initiating and fostering long-term strategic planning for volunteer development and integration, Solid organizational, time-management, administrative, and interpersonal skills. Commitment to maintain a progressive, healthy workspace and maintaining the CWTP mandate and standards of a unionized workplace. Experience engaging volunteers in a university setting on a commuter campus and working with other volunteer-driven organizations with similar mandates. Working knowledge of Microsoft Office programs is preferred. Responsibilities: Establish all sections of the volunteer cycle (recruiting, orientation, placement, training, recognition, and evaluation). Pursue potential volunteer recruitment opportunities within the York community and the Greater Toronto area Provide training and mentorship to volunteers. Create and implement CWTP’s volunteer program that is meaningful to both CWTP and our volunteers Create volunteer program manual consisting of training manual, workshop facilitation manual, working group manual, resource list, contact list Plan, coordinate and organize 5 full-days of core skills training for volunteers and community members per year. Provide regular progress updates and identify successes, issues, and challenges. The Centre for Women and Trans People at York University welcomes the

contributions that individuals from marginalized communities bring to our organization, and invites trans people, gender variant and genderqueer people, Aboriginal people, people of colour, people with disabilities, two-spirited people, intersex people, poor people, queer people, sex workers, working-class people, single parents, members of racialized groups, immigrants, and people of non-western and/or non-dominant faiths to apply. We encourage applicants to describe the contributions and experiences they, as individuals who identify with marginalized communities, would bring to The Centre for Women and Trans People in their cover letter and submit a one-page personal statement locating themselves and their work within the dynamics of power and privilege. We thank all interested applicants, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls, please! To apply, send the following info by 5pm, June 21, 2013: 1) Cover Letter 2) Resume 3) A 1-page statement about “Community Organizing Within the Dynamics of Power and Privilege” that also addresses the realities of being situated in a post-secondary institution. By Email: cwtphire@gmail.com. Hard copies can be mailed to: Attn: Volunteer and Outreach Development Co-coordinator Hiring Committee, The Centre for Women and Trans People, 322 Student Centre 4700 Keele St., York University Toronto, ON, M3J 1P3. Please note: Interviews will begin June 24, 2013. Centre for Women and Trans People at York University, (416)736 – 2100 ext. 33484, 322 Student Centre, 4700 Keele Street, Toronto, ON, M3J 1P3. We Are Open Monday – Thursday: 10AM – 5:30PM.

 

 

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