Tag Archives: Austerity

students. what they are thinking/fighting about.

Students have more on their minds than just course material.

When I walked in to my workplace this morning, these posters (see slideshow above) were up all around the school, a new campaign courtesy of the Osgoode Feminist Collective (formerly known as the Osgoode Women’s Caucus, they changed their name a few years ago).  You can find the group on Facebook, here, and read a little more about the campaign there.

Other student activities in other places:

The Fredricton (NB) Youth Feminists, speaking out about sexualization at school via dress codes. Find them at @YouthFeminists.  Here is an article about this struggle (FYF were also engaged in the ongoing struggle for abortion access in NB):

Beirne explains why she believes the dress code is reflective of [slut shaming]: “The dress code says that we [the girls] can’t show our undergarments or our midriffs… Aside from that, the only other thing it says is that we have to dress modestly, and that is a problem, because ‘modesty’ can mean different things to different teachers.”

“Basically, this ambiguity allows the teachers to force their own ideas of ‘modesty’ on us even if our infraction isn’t in the dress code, and they can publicly humiliate you for it too.”

London, on the streets, protesting tuition fees, demanding free higher education.

signs at london protest

photo via the Guardian

At Yale Law School, students wrote an open letter responding to YLS prof Jed Rubenfeld’s piece in the NYTimes on campus rape.  The open letter is at HuffPo, here, but you have to scroll down to find it.

 

Vol 4 of {openaccess} Feminists@Law Journal is out…

Vol 4, No 1 2014 Cover Art by Hannah Tiernan on Feminists@Law websitewith fabulous Table of Contents. Come on – you don’t really want to keep grading, do you?  Feminists@law’s all online format means that they can publish “multimedia” work, that is, talks and similar items – see the last section of the ToC.

Vol 4, No 1 2014.

 

Introduction: Gendering Labour Law  Judy Fudge, Emily Grabham

This special section of feminists@law is the outcome of a workshop, called ‘Gendering Labour Law’, held at Kent Law School on June 20 and 21, 2013. The workshop marked the first collaborative effort of participants in the nascent Gender Labour Law Research Network (GLLRN), which is being launched simultaneously with the publication of this collection. The GLLRN, the workshop and this special section emerge from a collaboration between Emily Grabham and Judy Fudge, supported by the Leverhulme Trust and Kent Law School, which is designed to cultivate feminist and critical labour law scholarship and research.

Preface  Ann Stewart

Legal Constructions of Body Work Ann Stewart

Abject Labours, Informal Markets: Revisiting the Law’s (Re)Producti

on Boundary

Prabha Kotiswaran

Research Note: Bingo and Feminist Political Economy Kate Bedford

Research Note: Rethinking Feminist Engagements with the State and Wage Labour Donatella Alessandrini

Unpaid Care, Paid Work and Austerity: A Research Note Nicole Busby

The Strange Temporalities of Work-Life Balance Law Emily Grabham

Gender and the Idea of Labour Law Joanne Conaghan

Labour, Value and Precarity in the Age of Austerity: Measuring Labour and Rethinking Value Lisa Adkins (audio)

BDS as a Feminist Issue

It Is Our Belief That Palestine is a Feminist Issue…

David Lloyd

Palestinian Feminist Critique and the Physics of Power: Feminists Between Thought and Practice

Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian

Bodies, Buses and Permits: Palestinians Navigating Care

Rana Sharif

Some Reflections on BDS and Feminist Political Solidarity

Brenna Bhandar

Comments

Feminism Then and Now   Camille Kumar, with an Introduction by Sarah Keenan

Multimedia

Black and White: History of Racial Identity in Italy

Gaia Giuliani

The Contribution of Feminism to Contemporary Public Debates About Law

Nicola Barker, Sinead Ring, Maria Drakopoulou, Rosemary Hunter

The Policing and Prosecution of Rape: What Do We Know and How Should Our Knowledge Shape Policy and Practice?

Betsy Stanko, with Louise Ellison, Martin Hewitt and Harriet Wistrich

A few New Things

1

This seems neat – UK organization “Just Fair” (one of the people behind it is Nottingham Professor Aoife Nolan, aka @commentator01 on twitter) is putting “Austerity on Trial” tonight.  The “charge” is breaching international human rights standards. See here for more information. There are briefs for both sides – an interesting way of gathering attention and bringing people together.  The page has links to scholarship and backgrounders aimed at non scholars including children & young people.

Those who were at or followed last year’s LSA in Hawai’i will remember that there were linked panels on Austerity organized by some stellar UK feminists (see this post from IFLS, Care & Autonomy in the Age of Austerity with lots of links).

 

2University of Manitoba Law Prof Deb Parkes is putting on a really interesting international conference at Robson Hall (U Man Law) this month, Ending the Isolation: An International Conference on Human Rights and Solitary Confinement see here.  Here is Prof Parkes in Manitoba’s research magazine talking about her work.

 

3There is a new volume available of the William and Mary Journal of Women & the Law: 2012 Special Issue: Gender and Post-Conflict Transitional Justice on Hein online (sorry,not open access).  Here are a few of the articles:

Introduction: Making the Link between Transitional Justice and Conflict-Related Sexual Violence Wallstrom, Margot [former UN special rep on violence in conflict]
19 Wm. & Mary J. Women & L. 1 (2012) Pp: 1-6
http://heinonline.org/HOL/Page?collection=journals&handle=hein.journals/wmjwl19&div=5

Gender and the Charles Taylor Case at the Special Court for Sierra Leone
Oosterveld, Valerie
19 Wm. & Mary J. Women & L. 7 (2012) Pp: 7-34
http://heinonline.org/HOL/Page?collection=journals&handle=hein.journals/wmjwl19&div=6

2012 Special Issue: Gender and Post-Conflict Transitional Justice
Dealing with the Past in a Post-Conflict Society: Does the Participation of Women Matter – Insights from Northern Ireland
O’Rourke, Catherine
19 Wm. & Mary J. Women & L. 35 (2012) Pp: 35-68
http://heinonline.org/HOL/Page?collection=journals&handle=hein.journals/wmjwl19&div=7

2012 Special Issue: Gender and Post-Conflict Transitional Justice
Reparations for Conflict-Related Sexual and Reproductive Violence: A Decalogue
Rubio-Marin, Ruth
19 Wm. & Mary J. Women & L. 69 (2012) Pp: 69-104
http://heinonline.org/HOL/Page?collection=journals&handle=hein.journals/wmjwl19&div=8