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NIP: Ed. Collection: Within the Confines: Women & the Law in Canada

Within the Confines: Women & the Law in Canada

The editor is Jennifer Kilty, of U of O Criminology, and the Table of Contents is quite broad (see here) with contributions from UBC’s Emma Cunliffe U of M’s Amar Khoday and U of O’s Angela Cameron.

PreOrder Available for November release.

 

Western feminists have long treated the rule of law as an essential ingredient of social justice; however, as the contributors to this collection remind us, meaningful justice remains out of reach for many women and racialized minorities precisely because the law turns a blind eye to the inequities that structure their daily lives. In fourteen chapters that open vital debates about the erosion of the welfare state and the media’s complicity in concealing political injustice, Within the Confines details the brutal ironies of a society that criminalizes the vulnerable while absolving the elite. 

Distinctive in its focus on Canada, the book traces the linkages among racial, ethnic, sexual, and economic vulnerability and reveals the inadequacies of legislative approaches to socio-historical problems such as drug trafficking, homelessness, infanticide, and the legacies of settler colonial violence. In accessible prose, the authors dismantle the myths behind topics that are often sensationalized in the media—pornography, single motherhood, sex work, filicide, gangs, domestic abuse, prison conditions, HIV nondisclosure—and present alternative arguments that expose the justice system’s role in widening the gap between the rich and the poor. What emerges is a poignant challenge to the neoliberal fable that women and minorities in Western democracies now enjoy full equality and an urgent call to action for those who seek to shift institutional norms in more equitable directions. 

A valuable resource for a wide range of fields, including criminology, sociology, social anthropology, gender studies, political science, social work, and legal history, this multidisciplinary volume offers a fresh perspective on the disturbingly predictable judgments that criminalized women face in Canada.

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

 

Women Workers: Is Equality Enough? Judy Fudge in feminists@law

Former Osgoode professor, now Landsdowne Chair in Law at UVic Law and presently a Leverhulme Visiting Professor at Kent Law, Judy Fudge recently gave an open lecture as part of her visit.  Feminists@law has the text in their most recent (open access!) issue, here.  Judy has an important body of work mainly in the area of employment and labour law.  See her faculty bio here.

The article delivers an interesting and important message about changing times and goals, arguing that equality as “equality between the genders” is inadequate in the context of an increasingly fragmented labour market.  Etc!  Enjoy:

Women’s claims to equality in employment have become more nuanced and complex as the contours of the gender order have been redrawn to reflect the growing diversity between women and a deterioration in what has been the normative or standard employment relationship for men. Using Canada and the United Kingdom to illustrate the changes in the labour market and gender order, the lecture calls into question the potential of equality norms, however expansive, to solve the problems women workers face in the wake of global austerity.

via Women Workers: Is Equality Enough? | Fudge | feminists@law.