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Rebick & Zemon Davis @yorku; Feminism & the Academy at Western

As always, the latest CFR (Centre for Feminist Research at York) is full of gems – talks, CFP’s, opportunities.  
What a choice at Yorku for October 24th!
poster for Natalie Zemon Davis talk (all info in text of post)
Natalie Zemon Davis  “Regaining Jerusalem: Eschatology and slavery in Jewish colonization in early modern Suriname”

Annual Ioan Davies Annual Lecture October 24th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. in Osgoode Moot Court with a reception to follow.

University of Toronto social historian and Professor Emerita of Princeton University, Professor Davis is one of the foremost living historians, of the early modern world especially, and a pioneer in women’s history. She is the author of The Return of Martin Guerre, Fiction in the Archives, Trickster Travels, among numerous other influential works. She received the order of Canada in 2012 and in July was awarded the National Humanities Medal from US President Barack Obama in a White House ceremony.  Read a profile of her here.
The Ioan Davies Memorial Lecture commemorates the life and work of Ioan Davies, who explored art and popular culture in terms of the kinds of opportunities they offer for common political action. Davies was the author of several works of fiction and non-fiction, including Cultural Studies and Beyond: Fragments of Empire, Writers in Prison, and Social Mobility and Political Change. Davies taught graduate courses on aesthetics and contemporary critical theory in the Department of Social & Political Thought in York’s Faculty of Art and was influential in establishing the African Studies Program and the Graduate Program in Communication and Culture.

Talk by Judy Rebick: “Occupy Education: Towards a Social Justice Approach for Inclusive and Equitable Education”, York University,

Thursday, Oct. 24, from 6:30 to 8:30pm, at 135 Vanier College, Keele campus.

The York Centre for Education& Community (YCEC) fall 2013 public lecture will feature well-known social justice activist, writer, broadcaster and speaker Judy Rebick.   Rebick will talk about challenging the existing system of education to create a system that is more inclusive and more diverse. Despite steps towards diversity that began in the 1980s, progress has slowed. Using lessons from new movements like Occupy and Idle No More, Rebick will show the importance of changing the way we educate to achieve diversity and inclusion.

Judy Rebick: From 2002 until 2010, Rebick held the Sam Gindin Chair in Social Justice and Democracy, having been appointed to it upon its creation. She is also the founding publisher of, Canada’s most popular independent online news and discussion site. She is the author of several books and articles, most recently Transforming Power: From the Personal to the Political (Penguin, 2009) and Ten Thousand Roses: The Making of a Feminist Revolution (Penguin, 2005). Her other books are Imagine Democracy (Stoddard, 2000) and Politically Speaking (Douglas & McIntyre, 1996). During the 1990’s, Rebick was the host of two national TV shows on CBC Newsworld and a frequent commentator on CBC radio and television. She also contributes commentaries to a host of newspapers and magazines. She is perhaps best known to Canadians as a former president of the National Action Committee on the Status of Women, Canada’s largest women’s group. Rebick is also a board member of Alternatives, a Quebec based international non-governmental organization, and is on the advisory boards of Fair Vote Canada and the December 6 Coalition. 
For more information, contact YCEC at 416-650-8458 or by e-mail at


Future of the Women’s Movement Roundtable Follow-up and Strategizing, University of Ottawa, (October 30, 2013).

Last October, feminist organizations, academics, labour, and other interested individuals came together for a roundtable discussion on the future of the women’s movement. As a follow-up to last year’s event, please join us on October 30, 2013 in the Old Chapel of Tabaret Hall, University of Ottawa, from 9am-4:30pm to learn more about the outcomes of last year’s gathering, our evolving collaboration as Canadian Feminist Voices, and for a facilitated session to develop a feminist strategy leading up to the 2015 federal election. We are still in the process of finalizing the agenda and speakers; more details will be made available soon. Please send your RSVP to including details about any accessibility requirements you may have. Planning Committee: Canadian Association of University Teachers, Canada Centre for Policy Alternatives, Making Women Count Canadian Federation of University Women, Canadian Labour Congress, YWCA Canada. 


TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY FEMINISM AND THE ACADEMY  Sponsored by The Department of Women’s Studies and Feminist Research, Western University, and The Royal Society of Canada (October 19, 2013). The talks will also be available on internet live-feed, and as podcasts at Oct. 19, 2013, 9:30am -6:00pm David S. Chu International Student Centre, Western University, 2130 WSSB. Four distinguished speakers will address the challenges of incorporating feminism and issues of diversity in contemporary Canadian Universities.  Featured Speakers: Carla Fehr, Wolfe Chair in Scientific and Technological Literacy, Philosophy, University of Waterloo. Excellent science: of the people, by the people, for the people, Frances Henry, Professor Emerita, York University Racialization, Gender and the Academy, , Scott Morgensen. Gender Studies, Queen’s University, Indigenous Feminism and Settler Sovereignty: Responding to Idle No More. The talks will also be available on internet live-feed, and as podcasts at To register for the online registration form. More information please contact: Helen Fielding,


Wed 25 Sept The Mirage of Merit: Reconstituting the 'Ideal Academic' with Professors Margaret Thornton & Lorraine Code

IFLSEvent Poster - information is available in text of post. and CFR (Centre for Feminist Research at York) are pleased to co sponsor this talk & commentary.  Professor Margaret Thornton of ANU will present her work, The Mirage of Merit followed by comments from Professor Lorraine Code.

Light refreshments will be available.

Room 2003 IKB (Osgoode Hall Law School) 1230 – 2PM September 25, 2013

Please RSVP to by clicking here.

Professor Thornton is stopping at Osgoode en route to U of Alberta Law School’s conference “The Future of Law School” where she her contribution will be titled: The Challenge for Law Schools of Sustaining a Liberal Education in a Marketised Climate.  Her remarks at York/Osgoode will consider the concepts of merit and the “ideal academic”, arguing that as higher education is transformed by the new “knowledge economy”, the characteristics of the ideal academic have shifted to favour the masculinised figure of the “technopreneur”.  Her biography is below:

MARGARET THORNTON is Professor of Law at the Australian National University. She has degrees from Sydney, UNSW and Yale, and is a Barrister of the Supreme Court of NSW and the High Court of Australia. She formerly occupied the Richard McGarvie Chair of Socio-Legal Studies at La Trobe University and has held visiting fellowships at Oxford, London, Columbia, Sydney and York, Canada. She has published extensively on issues relating to women and the law, including the only book-length study of women and the legal profession in Australia: Dissonance and Distrust: Women and the Legal Profession, Oxford University Press, 1996 (also published in Chinese by the Law Press, Beijing, 2001). Her most recent book is Privatising the Public University: The Case of Law, Routledge, London, 2012 Her current research project, ‘Balancing Law and Life’ entails a study of gender and corporate law firms and is funded by an Australian Research Council Discovery Grant, 2012-14. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia and a Foundation Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law. (via , where you will find links to Professor Thornton’s other work)

Commentary will be provided by prominent feminist philosopher and York Professor Emerita Lorraine Code.  Professor Code’s specialities are epistemology, feminist epistemology and the politics of knowledge, epistemic responsibility, 20th-century French philosophy, ecological theory and post-colonial theory.

Join us!



poster design by the talented Ugochi Umeugo, check out her work/find her contact info here:

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 - 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: – 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


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 or Bita Amani (at  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.



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                                              




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.


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:


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 ( 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:, 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 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.




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


Democratic Deficits: Equality & Rep in Canadian Politics: Workshop in Mtrl November 20, 2013

A note from Trudeau Scholar Kerri Froc about this workshop to be held November 20, 2013:

Democratic Deficits? Equality and Representation in Canadian Politics / Déficits démocratiques? Égalité et représentation politique au Canada

Equality is a critical element of Canada’s representative democracy, yet it is one that our electoral system faces critical challenges in delivering. In principle, Canadians are governed under notions of voter equality, “effective representation” of diverse communities, and equal treatment of political candidates. However, the chronic under-representation of women, racial minorities and Aboriginals in our elected institutions, alleged voter suppression tactics, and electoral boundaries that dilute the votes of some Canadians suggest we still have far to go in making these ideas a practical reality. At this workshop, we will hear from academics and practitioners about the sources of under-representation and unresponsiveness and propose solutions for greater equality and fairness.

This event is being held in conjunction with the Trudeau Foundation’s 10th Annual Conference.



Agenda / Ordre du jour

8:30 – 8:45 a.m.   Welcome / Bienvenue
8:45 – 9:30 a.m.   Keynote Address / Discours-programmeJean-Pierre KingsleyFormer Chief Electoral Officer / ancien director général des élections
9:30 – 11:00 a.m.   Gender Balance in Parliament / Équilibre entre les sexes au Parlement
11:00 – 11:30 a.m.   Break / Pause
11:30 – 1:00 p.m.   Ethnocultural Diversity in Politics / Diversité ethnoculturelle en politique
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.   Lunch / Déjeuner
2:00 – 3:30 p.m.   Electoral Boundaries / Délimitation des circonscriptions électorales
3:30 – 4:00 p.m.   Break / Pause
4:00 – 5:30 p.m.   Justice in Electioneering / Justice électoraliste
5:30 – 5:45 p.m.   Conference close / Clôture de la conférence


Speakers / Conférenciers

Panelists will be announced in September 2013. Check back for details!

Les conférenciers seront annoncés en Septembre 2013. Revenez pour plus de détails!


Sessions / Séances

Gender Balance in Parliament / Équilibre entre les sexes au Parlement

More than 80% of Canadians are now governed by female premiers, and there are more women in the federal Cabinet than ever before. Paradoxically, however, women comprise only 25% of MPs, and Canada ranks 46th of 189 countries in terms of the number of nationally-elected women. How can we turn these cracks in the glass ceiling into a true breakthrough for women? This panel will discuss the reasons for women’s under-representation in Parliament, as well as possible solutions.

Plus de 80% des Canadiens sont maintenant gouvernés par des premières ministres, et nous avons plus de femmes au Cabinet que jamais. Paradoxalement, les femmes ne représentent que 25% des députés et le Canada se classe au 46ième rang sur 189 pays en termes du nombre de femmes élues à l’échelle nationale. Comment pouvons-nous transformer ces petites fissures dans le plafond de verre en véritable percée pour les femmes? Ce panel examinera les raisons de la sous-représentation des femmes au Parlement, ainsi que certaines solutions potentielles.


Ethnocultural Diversity in Politics / Diversité ethnoculturelle en politique

Canada’s population is becoming increasingly diverse and while ethnocultural minorities and Aboriginal peoples have made some important gains in the electoral arena, our country’s representatives largely have Anglo, Western European and Caucasian origins. Visible minorities, immigrants and First Nations are numerically under-represented. This panel will look at the representation of ethnocultural diversity in elected politics, voter attitudes toward non-White candidates and the media’s portrayal of minorities in politics. It will chart progress and gaps and pinpoint strategies for increasing diversity in Canadian political life.

La population du Canada est de plus en plus diversifiée. Mais même si les minorités ethnoculturelles et les peuples autochtones ont fait des gains importants dans l’arène électorale, les représentants de notre pays demeurent en générale anglophones, occidentaux et blancs. Les minorités visibles, les immigrants et les Premières Nations sont numériquement sous-représentés. Ce panel se penchera sur les questions de la diversité ethnoculturelle dans la politique électorale, des attitudes des électeurs à l’égard des candidats non-blancs et de la représentation médiatique des minorités visibles sur la scène politique. Le panel va identifier les progrès réalisés et exposer les lacunes ethnoculturelles dans l’espace politique national, et tentera de définir des stratégies pour accroître la diversité dans la vie politique canadienne. 


Electoral Boundaries / Délimitation des circonscriptions électorales

Electoral districts are the building blocks of democracy. The distribution of federal electoral districts among the provinces was recently changed by the Fair Representation Act. Independent, non-partisan commissions in each province are now redrawing electoral boundaries. Yet redistricting receives relatively little academic or judicial scrutiny in Canada, compared to other democracies. This panel will investigate the competing principles at play and the institutional context.

Les circonscriptions électorales sont les piliers de notre démocratie. La répartition des circonscriptions électorales fédérales parmi les provinces a été récemment modifiée par la Loi sur la représentation équitable. Des commissions non-partisanes et indépendantes dans chaque province s’attardent maintenant à retracer les limites des circonscriptions électorales. Au contraire de ce que l’on retrouve dans d’autres démocraties, ce redécoupage n’a soulevé que peu d’intérêt chez les universitaires canadiens ou dans la jurisprudence canadienne. Ce panel examinera les enjeux contradictoires qui influencent le contexte institutionnel de cet exercice de redécoupage.


Justice in Electioneering / Justice électoraliste

Canada’s election administration has recently come under stress, with the Supreme Court ruling on a disputed election in Etobicoke, Federal Court hearings into alleged “robocalls”, and allegations of improper political party financing and contributions in Quebec. This panel will explore how federal and provincial electoral administration should respond.

L’administration des élections au Canada a récemment fait l’objet de critiques sérieuses, avec la décision de la Cour suprême sur la controverse des résultats électoraux à Etobicoke, les audiences de la Cour fédérale sur les appels-robots, et les pratiques illicites de contributions politiques et de financement des partis au Québec. Ce panel explorera comment les administrations électorales fédérale et provinciales devraient répondre à ces situations problématiques.