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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.

Living Downstream: Nov.10 Film Screening @ York

The National Network on Environments and Women’s Health invites you to a public screening of the film, “Living Downstream”, taking place on the campus of York University on Wednesday, November 10 at 4:15 pm.  Location: York University Keele Campus Rm T1009, TEL Building, main floor (map – you want building 39)

The film, by Chanda Chevannes, is a production of Toronto-based People’s Picture Company Inc. and is based on the acclaimed book of the same name by ecologist and cancer survivor Sandra Steingraber. The documentary follows Sandra during one pivotal year as she travels across North America, working to break the silence about cancer and its environmental links. You can watch a trailer for the film at: http://www.livingdownstream.com/trailer.php

Following the film we will have a panel discussion touching on some of the issues raised in the film and inviting audience feedback.

Moderator:
Prof. Sonia Lawrence, Director, Institute for Feminist Legal Studies/Osgoode Hall Law School, York University
Panelists:
Ellen Sweeney, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University
Anna Tilman, International Institute of Concern for Public Health

Pdf posters for distribution here: living_downstream B&W living_downstream colour

Anne Rochon Ford (author of  The Push to Prescribe) and my Osgoode colleague Dayna N. Scott are the Co-Directors of the National Network on Environments and Women’s Health at York University.

2008 Critical Perspectives on Environment and Women’s Health Workshop Co sponsored by IFLS and National Network on Environments and Women's Health

Supported by the National Network on Environment and Women’s Health (NNEWH), a Center of Excellence located at York University, this interdisciplinary workshop sought to engage with contemporary ideas around environmental health and justice.

“As feminists, activists and scholars we are committed to a social determinants of health model, which allows for an analysis of the complex ways in which environments produce and reproduce the conditions that create disparities in health. We are interested in exploring and deconstructing conceptions of nature, motherhood, ecologies and health as articulated within mainstream environmental discourses.

“We are seeking to overcome the tendency towards fragmentation of social movements, and to foster environmental justice organizing that takes account of gender, sexuality, race, citizenship and dis/ability in a way that is inclusive and that meaningfully accounts for difference.

Participant List

ANNE BLOOM Associate Professor of Law at the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law

PASCALE FOURNIER Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa and an associate at the university’s Human Rights Research and Education Centre (HRREC)

LOCHLANN JAIN

Assistant Professor of Cultural and Social Anthropology at Stanford University.

ARYN MARTIN Assistant Professor at the Department of Sociology and Program in Science & Technology Studies at York University.

STU MARVEL (Osgoode PhD candidate)

ROXANNE MYKITIUK Associate Professor of Law at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University

DAYNA NADINE SCOTT Assistant Professor Osgoode Hall, cross-appointed with the Faculty of Environmental Studies

RACHEL STEIN professor of English and director of Women’s and Multicultural Studies at Siena College in New York.

NOËL STURGEON Chair and Associate Professor of Women’s Studies and Graduate Faculty in American Studies at Washington State University

CHERYL TEELUCKSINGH Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology at Ryerson University

This workshop inspired an article recently published by Prof. Dayna Scott (Osgoode) a co director of the NNEWH

Gender Benders: Sex and Law in the constitution of polluted bodies.  Feminist Legal Studies (2009) 17: 241

Springerlink to article (requires authorized access)