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LAW AND THE CURATED BODY CONFERENCE

While IFLS’s roundtable tomorrow on the Lori Douglas inquiry has been cancelled because of the ongoing labour disruption on the York campus, there is this panel, that I’m on, as past of the Law and the Curated Body Conference put on by a team including my colleague Prof. Faisal Bhabha

from the conference website:

The First Conference of Its Kind.

Law and the Curated Body is an interdisciplinary conference focusing on socio-legal, curatorial, historical and cultural research that considers the intersection of bodily performance (whether legal-professional, theatrical, quotidian and aesthetic) with normative and epistemological frameworks (including doctrine, policy, spirituality, and ethics).

New understandings of curating in the visual and performing arts draw on a long history of acknowledging the curatorial endeavour as a catalyst for personal and social transformation. Similarly, the centrality of the relational encounter as a site for social transformation through law is increasingly prevalent in theoretical understandings of human rights, legal ethics, criminal justice, legal pluralism and alternative dispute resolution.

Law and the Curated Body will feature innovative and interdisciplinary presentations and workshops exploring these interconnected themes from theoretical, experiential, doctrinal and practice-based perspectives.

Schedule | LAW AND THE CURATED BODY CONFERENCE

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2:30 pm

PANEL: THE CURIOUS CASE OF ASSOCIATE CHIEF JUSTICE LORI DOUGLAS

Karen Busby (University of Manitoba Faculty of Law), “Unimaginable Ostracism and Lurid Examination: Lori Douglas and the CJC”

Sonia Lawrence (Osgoode Hall Law School), “The Word Made Flesh: Policing Judicial Images in the Digital Age”

Susan G. Drummond (Osgoode Hall Law School), “Curating the Gaze: Who Looked, and How, in the Douglas Inquiry?”The Law Society of Upper Canada, Lower Barristers’ Lounge

via Schedule | LAW AND THE CURATED BODY CONFERENCE.

Deadline: Call for Papers October 15, 2014

The Asper Centre has posted this great CFP:

Call for Papers October 15, 2014

The Interplay between Sections 7 and 15 of the Charter

Faculty of Law, University of Toronto, St. George Campus – February 27, 2015

 

The David Asper Centre for Constitutional Rights invites papers for its upcoming conference examining in detail the interplay between sections 7 and 15 of the Charter.

 

The Centre invites papers that stimulate and develop an ongoing exploration of the relationship between sections 7 and 15. Issues that can be addressed include:

 

• Is equality a principle of fundamental justice under section 7?

• How have the courts treated the two separate grounds for challenging government action?

• Are their strategic advantages to pleading both grounds or only one?

• How can different cases challenging the same law proceed differently based on the ground pleaded (e.g. Bedford and Downtown Eastside Sex Workers)?

• How does the relationship between the sections play out in circumstances such as mandatory minimum sentencing, challenges to the NCR provisions, human smuggling legislation?

 

Other conference topics may include issues such the role of individual choice in respect of both equality and liberty rights; harm or dignity as central themes; socio-economic rights or the rights of the poor; and arbitrariness as an element of the analysis under each section.

 

The papers will be utilized as the central themes on various panels across the one day conference and selected conference papers will be considered for publication as part of a special issue of the National Journal of Constitutional Law. Authors of papers chosen for presentation will be notified by November 1, 2014. Final (for the conference) papers are due by February 6, 2015.

 

The David Asper Centre for Constitutional Rights is a centre within the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law devoted to advocacy, research and education in the areas of constitutional rights in Canada. For more information about the Centre go to www.aspercentre.ca.

 

For those interested in participating, please send an abstract (max: 250 words) of your intended paper with a 1-2 paragraph biography to: Cheryl Milne at cheryl.milne@utoronto.ca

 

Deadline for Submissions: October 15, 2014

 

CFP Feminisms, Structural Violence & Transitional Justice

Another great opportunity created by Osgoode/York graduate students!

CFP: Feminisms, Structural Violence and Transitional Justice: A One-Day Conference October 31, 2014

Nathanson Centre on Transnational Human Rights, Crime and Security; Graduate Fellowship Program Osgoode Hall, York University, Toronto ON

Deadline for abstract submissions: September 1, 2014

Submit to: feminisms.tj.2014@gmail.com Please distribute to your networks.

 

Transitional justice is a field that brings together academic and practitioner approaches to post-conflict, peace-building and post-authoritarian settings considered to be ‘transitioning’ towards democracy. This field includes the study of truth commissions, international criminal justice, human rights movements, post-authoritarian democratization and reparations (Teitel, 2000; Hayner, 2002; De Greiff 2006). Consolidated in the decade after the cold war, this field has often treated liberal democracy as a default goal of transitional processes (Miller 2008, Arthur 2009). In particular, mainstream approaches across multiple sites emphasize rebuilding a war-torn state into a liberal one with a focus on development, building democratic institutions and liberalizing the economy for foreign investment (Richmond 2010; Stokke & Uyangoda 2012). Key legal developments included more explicit recognition for harms through the prosecution of rape as genocide in the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), securing the legal status of rape as a stand-alone crime against humanity in the International Criminal Court (ICC) charter, and ensuring gender visibility in a range of other processes such as truth commissions and reparations programs. Critical feminist interventions on peace-building in transitional settings advanced a parallel agenda within the UN Security Council, beginning with S.C.Res.1325 in 2000 (Brouwer 2005; Pankhurst et al 2008; McGlynn & Munro 2010).

Since the early 1990s, there have been significant developments around sexual violence and women’s rights in international legal and rights-based frameworks.

Despite the increased visibility of gender and sexual violence, advocates and researchers have identified a marked disconnect between symbolic progress at the international level and the more disappointing material realities of survivors on the ground (Human Rights Watch 2004; Nowrojee 2005; Theidon & Laplante 2007; Duggan, Guillerot & Paz 2008; medica mondiale 2009; Buss 2010). Liberal human rights based approaches favored in transitional justice processes have often over-determined women as one-dimensional and apolitical victims in need of rescue, without accounting for women’s key social roles in conflict and post-conflict (Grewal 1999; Kapur 2002; Engle 2005; Zarkov 2007; Hesford 2011). Critics argue that such approaches contribute to the sidelining of survivors, women activists and transformative feminist politics (Ross 2003; Driver 2004; Theidon 2007; Al-kassim 2008; Meertens & Zambrano 2010). This situation calls for more complicated critique of the intersection of gender discrimination and violence with various other forms of structural violence, including colonialism and neoliberal capitalism, and a feminist engagement with redistributive politics that seeks not to replace but to extend beyond the brief post-conflict reparations agenda (Seuffert 2005; Smith, 2005, 2006; Ní Aoláin and Rooney 2007; Rubio-Marín et al 2009)

What are the limitations and possibilities? This conference aims to facilitate such a dialogue across feminisms, disciplines, histories and theory-practice divides.

Key questions:

-How has the legacy of liberal legalism shaped or circumscribed feminist possibility in transitional justice?

-What strategies of accounting for gender violence can avoid reproducing narratives of hyper-victimization?

-How have processes such as truth commissions supported or resisted feminist analyses of structural violence or feminist counter-histories of struggle?

-How can anti-racist and anti-colonial feminist critiques of neoliberal “rule of law” agendas better intervene in this field?

-How can feminists and others working in the margins of this field engage in more productive dialogue and ultimately, social change?

Other possible themes include (but are not limited to):

-The difficult balance between institutionalizing hard-won gains around sexual violence and moving towards a more holistic agenda for women’s rights

-Indigenous and other feminist engagements with imperialism, colonialism, land theft and genocide

-Practitioner experience, strategies and struggles that rarely make it into the literature

-Feminist agendas of redistribution in transitional contexts

-The meanings and consequences of raced, classed, gendered divisions of labour in transitional justice work (eg. lawyer/non-lawyer; victim-witness/analyst)

-Different logics of gender in historical memory, legal or social justice work

-Assessing the utility of continuum models of gender violence in transition and long term impunity

-Critical approaches to militarized or other masculinities

Submission details:

We invite: 250-word abstracts for 15-minute individual presentations (research papers, critical reflections on experience, or artistic production related to conference themes) 300-word descriptions of panels (3-4 presenters), followed by individual paper abstracts Detailed proposals for 45-60 minute round-table discussions on a theme: Why the theme? Who participates? How will the discussion be structured? Who should apply? Practitioners, academics, graduate students, independent researchers, activists.

How and when to submit? Submit by email in .doc or .pdf format to: feminisms.tj.2014@gmail.com by August 1, 2014. Please include your name and a short biographical statement (150 words) with your submission. All applicants will be notified if their submission has been accepted by September 1, 2014.

Other useful details:

Negotiations are underway for the publication of selected papers. We hope to have (limited) travel funds available for activists and those from remote or Global South locations. At this stage we cannot guarantee any funding, but aim to support your participation and welcome your inquiries.

Looking to volunteer? Contribute your skills and enthusiasm and participate in making this event a success! Contact us—undergraduate and graduate students are welcome. Most volunteer tasks will be concentrated in September and October 2014 on Keele Campus, York University, Toronto.

 

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: 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