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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.

More on Trinity Western University's proposed Law School

For earlier posts on TWU, click here.

Ottawa law Profs Jena McGill, Angela Cameron & others wrote for the National Post… Why Trinity Western University should not have a law school.

The crux of the issue is how the discrimination and institutional environment at TWU impacts the ability of the school to teach law. In order to permit entry into a provincial or territorial law society (as determined by the Federation), the law degree program must meet national standards in its curriculum. Those standards require critical thinking about ethical and legal issues. No person can truly think critically from one pre-determined lens, in this case, a lens mandated by TWU.

The Post has otherwise been publishing a number of pieces arguing the other side.  Here, from Don Hutchinson vice-president and general legal counsel with The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada, here, from NP Columnist Johnathan Kay and here a response to McGill, Cameron et al, from Barbara Kay.



Supreme Court of Canada finally releases Eric c Lola

Lola loses.  But looks like there will be an interesting discussion of choice, finally!

Decision here.

I’ve cut and pasted in the way the court split on the constitutional questions.


Held (Deschamps, Cromwell and Karakatsanis JJ. dissenting in part in the result and Abella J. dissenting in the result): The appeals of the Attorney General of Quebec and B should be allowed, and the appeal of A should be dismissed. Articles 401 to 430, 432, 433, 448 to 484 and 585 of the Civil Code of Québec are constitutional.

The constitutional questions should be answered as follows:

1. Do arts. 401 to 430, 432, 433, 448 to 484 and 585 of the Civil Code of Québec, S.Q. 1991, c. 64, infringe s. 15(1) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms?

Answers: McLachlin C.J. and Deschamps, Abella, Cromwell and Karakatsanis JJ. would answer yes. LeBel, Fish, Rothstein and Moldaver JJ. would answer no.

2. If so, is the infringement a reasonable limit prescribed by law that can be demonstrably justified in a free and democratic society under s. 1 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms?

Answers: LeBel, Fish, Rothstein and Moldaver JJ. would answer that it is not necessary to answer this question. McLachlin C.J. would answer yes. Deschamps, Cromwell and Karakatsanis JJ. would answer that only art. 585 is not justified under s. 1. Abella J. would answer no.


NIP on SSRN from Elaine Craig: The Case against TWU's Law School [now updated, with letters]

[Update, thank you very much to Bev Baines of Queens, who sent along the (public) letters referred to below].

Elaine Craig (Dalhousie) (learn from her here, in a mini lecture on Understanding Sexual Assault Law) has posted The Case for the Federation of Law Societies Rejecting Trinity Western University’s Proposed Law Degree Program (forthcoming CJWL) to SSRN, here:

Should Canada have a law school that discriminates against gays and lesbians? Would the governing bodies of the legal profession in Canada approve a law school that prohibited mixed race sexual intimacy? Should a self-regulating legal profession require that the policies of the institutions that produce this country’s next generation of lawyers respect equality and academic freedom? Trinity Western University (TWU), a private Christian school in British Columbia is posed to become Canada’s first Christian law school. Trinity Western discriminates on the basis of sexual orientation in both its hiring and admissions policies. It has also been found to violate academic freedom.

Brief Background: Canada’s private Christian Universities, Trinity Western (perhaps familiar to you from British Columbia College of Teachers v TWU, 2001 SCC 31, here) has applied to open a law school, as this blog noted here.  See here for their announcement about the law school plan.

Last week, the Canadian Council of Law Deans wrote to the Federation of Law Societies of Canada opposing the new school, partly although not solely because the school prohibits students and faculty from engaging in homosexual behaviour, through a policy they ground in religion. [Addition: Here is the letter, excerpt below:

The covenant specifically contemplates that gay, lesbian or bisexual students may be subject to disciplinary measures including expulsion. This is a matter of great concern for all the members of the CCLD. Discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is unlawful in Canada and fundamentally at odds with the core values of all Canadian law schools.
We would urge the Federation to investigate whether TWU's covenant is inconsistent with federal or provincial law. We would also urge the Federation to consider this covenant and its intentionally discriminatory impact on gay, lesbian and bi-sexual students when evaluating TWU's application to establish an approved common law program.



See link to Vancouver Sun story, since the letter does not appear to be available online). [Also provided via the intervention of Bev Baines, here is the reply from the Federation to the CCLD, excerpt below:

When my colleagues and I met with you in Kingston on November 9, 2012, we indicated that determinations of the Approval Committee would be referred to the law societies for consideration. On verification, we have determined that in fact the Implementation Committee Report makes clear that the mandate of the Approval Committee is to make the final determination on compliance for both existing and proposed law degree programs and to post its final report respecting each such program on the Federation website in accordance with the Implementation Committee Report. I regret any confusion we may have caused on this point.
The national requirement, approved by law societies, does not contemplate or authorize an inquiry into the admission philosophy of a law school program, either existing or new, or an investigation into whether the admission policies of an educational institution are consistent with federal or provincial law. The only reference to admissions policy in the national requirement pertains to the minimum number of years of post-secondary instruction required to be completed prior to entry to law school

TWU have asserted their right to exemption from provincial and federal law for religious reasons.  The Law Deans, let it be said, know the law.  Their concerns are beyond legality – one cannot just open up a law school here.  New law schools need to be approved by the Federation of Canadian Law Societies and the relevant provincial Ministry – more than just legality can go into that decision (see, for instance, this newspaper story about the approval of Lakehead’s new law school).