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A little roundup of reading for reading week

I’ve been neglecting the blogging, again in favour of easy but less satisfying tweets.  Here is a small round up of reading material, for reading week, which at Osgoode is… next week. 

First, this (which is from twitter, so sorry for duplication):  17 Essays by Female Writers That Everyone Should Read buff.ly/14OeowT what a treasure trove this is. Incls 1 law prof, Ruthann Robson   (a piece that is already on at least one Canadian law school syllabus that I know of).   The list is very america-centric, but it is still a list of 17 essays you might like.  And of course if you don’t, it’s the inspiration for your own list.  These aren’t particularly, or at all, law, but they are examples of well written and thoughtful non fiction – when does that ever get old?

Second,  Jotwell.  If you are looking for things to read, the Jotwell Equality section (Kim Brooks & I are nominally editors to the set of contributors) gives you one new monthly option – check out the other sections for other reads.  This month, Davina Cooper is recommending Erik Swyngedouw, Interrogating post-democratization: Reclaiming egalitarian political spaces, 30(7) Political Geography 370 (2011).  This isn’t light reading, as you can see from the quote below, but both the review and the article deserve a chance.

Swyngedouw suggests democratic political spaces are active moments in constructing new egalitarian spatialities inside and through existing geographies of the police order. These active moments go beyond demands for inclusion that work to sustain a post-political consensus; they go beyond rituals of resistance which leave the police order intact; and they go beyond acts of violence that generate and legitimate, in turn, the reciprocating violence of the state. “Proper politics,” Swyngedouw suggests, involves practices that challenge the symbolic order of the police; it involves designing space as an egalitarian and libertarian field of disagreement, opening up room for other speech acts; and it involves radically re-organizing what can be heard, seen and known. At the same time, politics may take shape as refusal: “I’d prefer not to” — a strategy Swyngedouw argues that is also an invitation to think again, and to form new egalitarian imaginaries. Fundamentally, Swyngedouw argues we need to rethink equality politically – not as a sociological concept which demands policy responses to inequality but as a presupposed condition of democracy.

Third, some books.

I still haven’t ordered Mariana Valverde’s latest (the review in the Globe wasn’t positive, but made me want to read the book): Everyday life on the street: City governance in an age of diversity (Chicago)

Gender, Religion, and Family Law: Theorizing Conflicts between Women’s Rights and Cultural Traditions Eds Lisa Fishbayn Joffe, Sylvia Neil out of the Brandeis Project on Gender Culture Religion and the Law.   Here is a link to the Table of Contents, which includes papers by two women working at Canadian law schools Ayelet Shachar and Pascale Fournier.  Lisa Fishbayn Joffe is an Osgoode Alum, too. 

Columbia U P (i’m not using links to online booksellers anymore – a bit late, but I’ll be linking to the presses instead and will encourage the effort to find these at a bricks and mortar store or library….) is republishing 1983’s Scotch Verdict: The Real-Life Story That Inspired “The Children’s Hour”  by Lillian Faderman.  Luckily for me, I drive @lawandlit to the subway and chatter at her the whole way – she was the one who let me know that the “new book” i was curious about was about thirty years old.  Ahem. Anyway, 30 years old means “new to many of us”, I shall claim.  New forward, but it’s not clear whether there’s any new material, so probably not. 

In 1810, a Scottish student named Jane Cumming accused her school mistresses, Jane Pirie and Marianne Woods, of having an affair in the presence of their students. Dame Helen Cumming Gordon, the wealthy and powerful grandmother of the accusing student, advised her friends to remove their daughters from the Drumsheugh boarding school. Within days, the institution was deserted and the two women were deprived of their livelihoods.

Award-winning author Lillian Faderman recreates the events surrounding this notorious case, which became the basis for Lillian Hellman’s famous play, The Children’s Hour. Reconstructing the libel suit filed by Pirie and Woods—which resulted in a scotch verdict, or a verdict of inconclusive/not proven—Faderman builds a compelling narrative from court transcripts, judges’ notes, witnesses’ contradictory testimony, and the prejudices of the men presiding over the case. Her fascinating portrait documents the social, economic, and sexual pressures shaping the lives of nineteenth-century women and the issues of class and gender contributing to their marginalization.

Finally, from the Thesis Whisperer  who is also/really Dr. Inger Mewburn of Australia.  She runs a really amazing site with all kinds of fabulous things for grad students, supervisors, academics…but this time it isn’t one of her great tips or tricks, but rather just a post, about academic assholes.  It serves as both self check (am i doing that?) and many other things (helpful cheat sheet for ranting, “oh, that’s what that was about” reminder after faculty talk, warning about what will happen if you don’t become the solution, fun anthropological approach to academic culture).  Worth a read.  She concludes: “I am deeply uncomfortable with the observation that being an asshole can be advantageous for your career” and asks us all to think about what we can do about it.  She’s on twitter here. If you have grad students, or are a grad student, you might want to have a look.

Here are some other little snippets from Twitter  you might have missed.

Ready to read? Other suggestions welcome.   I am off to Kent and Boalt Hall and  long plane rides = time to read.

Tuesday October 30 at Toronto Women's Bookstore: An evening of women's words.

Many of you have probably already seen this….

For 39 years, TWB has served the community. Victoria Moreno, the owner, has
announced that the store will close its doors on November 30th, 2012.

Come and celebrate nearly four decades of book launches, discoveries and
passionate debates on

TUESDAY OCTOBER 30, 2012, at 7:30 p.m with An Evening of Women’s Words.

There will be readings by many writers and a chance to speak about feminism
and the store’s history, while we buy books and so assist Victoria in the
practical work of closing the store.

So far, confirmed readers include:  Judy Rebick, Michele Landsberg, Maureen
Hynes, Ronna Bloom, Pamela Sinha, Sonja Greckol, Susan Glickman, Farzana
Doctor, Dilys Leman, Sheniz Janmohamed, Sue Chenette, Souvankham
Thammavongsa, Ann Carson, Tanis MacDonald, Elizabeth Ruth, Trish Salah,
Anique Jordan, Sue McLeod, Elizabeth Pickett, Mary Lou Soutar-Hynes, Sheila
Stewart, Anique Jordan — with more to come! Please join us.

Poster here.

Need something to read? Scholarly works from 2011

From the Fem-Prof distribution list, Summer Reading List 2011.  Some of these books aren’t actually out yet, but you can preorder them. If you’re like me, ordering books, and not just reading them, is something best and most systematically done in the summer…

Sorry no links in this list, but there is definitely enough info for you to get them, or cut/paste into an email to your friendly law librarian! Yes, Yemisi, this means you.

Abbey, Ruth (August 2011). The Return of Feminist Liberalism. McGill-Queen’s University Press

Adams, Mary Louise (February 2011). Artistic Impressions: Figure Skating, Masculinity, and the Limits of Sport. U of Toronto Press.

Anderson, Kim (September 2011). Life Stages and Native Women: Memory, Teachings, and Story Medicine. U of Manitoba Press.

Anderson, Cameron D. and Laura B. Stephenson (January 2011). Parity Democracy. UBC Press.

Balcom, Karen A (May 2011). The Traffic in Babies: Cross-Border Adoption and Baby-Selling Between the United States and Canada, 1930-1972. U of Toronto Press.

Baruah, Bipasha (November 2010). Women and Property in Urban India. UBC Press.

Benoit, Cecilia and Helga Hallgrimsdottir (eds) (February 2011). Valuing Care Work: Comparative Perspectives. U of Toronto Press.

Bradbury, Bettina (May 2011) Wife to Widow: Lives, Laws, and Politics in Nineteenth Century Montreal. UBC Press.

Brooks, Kim, Asa Gunnarson, Lisa Philipps and Maria Wersig (eds) (May 2011). Challenging Gender Inequality in Tax Policy Making. Hart Publishing.

Brown, Susan, Jeanne Perrault, Jo-Ann Wallace and Heather Zwicker (eds) (May 2011). Not Drowning but Waving: Women, Feminism, and the Liberal Arts. U of Alberta Press.

Bundle, Melanie (January 2011). The Business of Women: Marriage, Family, and Entrepreneurship in British Columbia, 2901-51. UBC Press.

Cook, Rebecca J and Simone Cusack (2009). Gender Stereotyping Transnational Legal Perspectives. U Penn Press.

Cunliffe, Emma (May 2011). Murder, Medicine and Motherhood. Hart Publishing.

De Hernandez, Jennifer Browdy, Pauline Dongola, Omotayo Jolaosho and Anne Sarafin (eds) (January 2011). African Women Writing Resistance: An Anthology of Contemporary Voices. Pambazuka Press.

DeKeseredy, Walter S (April 2011). Violence Against Women: Myths, Facts, Controversies. U of Toronto Press.

Delivosky, Katerina (July 2010). White Femininity: Race, Gender and Power. Fernwood Publishing.

Ditmore, Melissa Hope, Antonia Levy and Alys Williams (eds) (April 2010).Sex Work Matters: Power and Intimacy in the Global Sex Industry. Zed Books.

Doyle, Aaron and Dawn Moore (eds) (December 2010). Critical Criminology in Canada: New Voices, New Directions. UBC Press.

Dufour, Pascale, Dominique Masson & Dominique Caouette (eds) (January 2011). Solidarities Beyond Borders: Transnationalizing Women’s Movements.  UBC Press.

Dyhouse, Carol (February 2011). Glamour: Women, History, Feminism. Zed Books.

Feminist Alternatives (January 2011). My Dream is to be Bold: Our Work to End Patriarchy. Pambazuka Press.

Flat, James and Norman Smith (eds) (May 2011). Keeping the Nation’s House: Domestic Management and the Making of Modern China. UBC Press.

Flynn, Karen (May 2011). Moving Beyond Borders: A History of Black Canadian and Caribbean Women in the Diaspora. U of Toronto Press.

Jochelson, Richard and Kristen Kramar (May 2011). Sex and the Supreme Court: Obscenity and Indecency Law in Canada. Fernwood Publishing.

Jones, Jackie et al. eds (2011). Gender, Sexualities and Law. New York: Routledge Glasshouse.

Kelly, Fiona (May 2011). Transforming Law’s Family: The Legal Recognition of Planned Lesbian Motherhood. UBC Press.

Kemmerer, Lisa and Carol Adams (2011). Sister Species: Women, Animals and Social Justice. University of Illinois Press.

Kern, Leslie (January 2011). Sex and the Revitalized City: Gender, Condominium Development, and Urban Citizenship. UBC Press.

Kouvo, Sari and Zoe Pearson (eds) (April 2011). Feminist Perspectives on Contemporary International Law. Hart Publishing.

Kreisel, Deanna K (November 2011). Economic Woman: Demand, Gender, and Narrative Closure in Eliot and Hardy. U of Toronto Press.

Manji, Firoze, Faiza Mohamed and Roselynn Musa (eds) (2006). Breathing Life into the African Union Protocol on Women’s Rights in Africa. Pambazuka Press.

Marinucci, Mimi (November 2010). Feminism is Queer: The Intimate Connection between Queer and Feminist Theory. Zed Books.

McCologan, Aileen (October 2011). Equality and Discrimination. Hart Publishing.

McMullin, Julie Ann (ed) (January 2011). Age, Gender, and Work: Small Information Technology Firms in the New Economy. UBC Press.

Mortimer-Sandilands, Catriona and Bruce Erikson (2010). Queer Ecologies: Sex, Nature, Politics, Desire. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.

Mosher, Janet and Joan Brockman (eds) (January 2011). Constructing Crime: Contemporary Processes of Criminalization. UBC Press.

Moynagh, Maureen and Nancy Forestell (eds) (May 2011). Documenting First Wave Feminisms, Volume 1: Transnational Collaborations and Crosscurrents. U of Toronto Press.

Murphy, Cian C. and Penny Green (eds) (March 2011). Law and Outsiders: Norms, Processes and ‘Othering’ in the 21st Century. Hart Publishing.

Noel, Jan (December 2011). Along a River: The First French-Canadian Women. U of Toronto Press.

Oikawa, Mona (April 2011). Cartographies of Violence: Japanese Canadian Women, Memory, and the Subjects of the Internment. U of Toronto Press.

Redfern, Catherine and Kristin Aune (June 2010). Reclaiming the F Word: The New Feminist Movement. Zed Books.

Shotwell, Alexis (March 2011). Knowing Otherwise: Race, Gender, and Implicit Understanding. Penn State Press

Schultz, Ulrike and Gisela Shaw (eds) (November 2011). Gender and Judging. Hart Publishing. (NOT OUT YET)

Tamale, Sylvia (ed) (June 2011). African Sexualities: A Reader. Pambazuka Press.

Zylan, Yvonne (2011). States of Passion: Law, Identity, and the Social Construction of Desire. Oxford University Press.


Summer reading list, Part I

Mix of fiction and non fiction – even one book of poetry – these cover a wide range and are in no particular order….if you have other ideas, please put them in the comments.

I think that one of these books will be the cannon fodder for the IFLS`s inaugural online book club! I’m struggling with whether it will be fiction/non fiction and i’m considering trying to run two at the same time – one theory book and one novel. Thoughts?p

Titles link to the publisher (almost always) and unless otherwise indicated, those sites are the source of the blurb. Continue reading Summer reading list, Part I

Women's History Month: Women, science, past and present

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Strange news from Waterloo where Marie Curie is being used as a symbol of the dangers of learned women.  Here’s a thorough post on the issue from Christine Cheng, Bennett Boskey Fellow in Politics and International Relations at Exeter College, University of Oxford and Doctoral candidate who does fascinating work on post conflict societies and natural resource struggles (focus on Liberia).  She is a UWaterloo grad. She says:

There is also a larger social and historical context to this story that should not be forgotten. Twenty-two years ago, on December 6th, 1989, Marc Lépine, walked into the École Polytechnique (part of the engineering school at the Université de Montréal), then shot and killed fourteen female students, and wounded ten other women and four men. If you read the coroner’s report about how the men and women were systematically separated before the women were all shot in the name of feminism, or watch Denis Villeneuve’s film Polytechnique about the Montreal Massacre, a chill will run down your spine. This event casts a long shadow over incidents like those at UW.

Thanks to Anita H. at Osgoode for the tip on Curie.

And, from Rinku Sen at Colourlines, a book post on three women’s history books.  I just had opportunity to read the Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks and it is mindblowing in many ways. So many layers of history intertwined, melding the micro and the macro in a unique way, no surprise it won so much acclaim. I haven’t read the others. Got other books to suggest? Maybe for my fantasy IFLS book club (not the genre – i just mean at the moment the club is a fantasy).