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Hiring – and other choices

downloadIt is time to congratulate Susan Boyd, holder of UBC Law’s Chair in Feminist Legal Studies and Director of UBC Law’s Centre for Feminist Legal Studies on completing her “last class”, as astonishing as that might seem.  Those who do not know Susan still have the chance as she is not retiring just yet, and of course, you can get to know Susan through her work (ssrn here), and through the many legal scholars and lawyers who benefited from her mentorship.

And, it is time to welcome to the academy [note that I’m only listing NEW hires or lateral hires from outside the Cdn legal academy here, not laterals within Canada, and only where I can find official announcements – i will try to update as these come in]

To UBC Law: Efrat Arbel (constitutional law, refugee law, Aboriginal law, and prison law) announcement here. @earbel

To Windsor Law, Pascale Chapdelaine (Copyright Law, International Intellectual Property law, Property Law, Consumer Law and the Regulation of the Legal Profession), Noel Semple (Windsor) (legal services regulation, professionalism, and access to justice) @NoelSemple  Sara Wharton (international criminal law, the law of armed conflict, transnational criminal law, and public international law)

To U of T Law, Profs. Satterthwaite (tax)  Su (international human rights, constitutional law, and comparative law) and Stacey (comparative constitutional, international human rights, and administrative law) (announcement here)

To U of Ottawa Law Amy Salyzyn (legal ethics, gender and the law, law and technology and civil justice reform, @AmySalyzyn) Michael Pal ( law of democracy, administrative law, comparative constitutional law, municipal law, immigration law, empirical legal studies and restitution) and Yan Campagnolo (constitutional law, administrative law, and access to information, property law) (announcement here)


Got new colleagues? Please let me know by email! Are they feminists? Then please let them know about the IFLS.  Please let me know about feminists retiring too, naturally, or announcing their plans to do so. 

Rebick & Zemon Davis @yorku; Feminism & the Academy at Western

As always, the latest CFR (Centre for Feminist Research at York) is full of gems – talks, CFP’s, opportunities.  
What a choice at Yorku for October 24th!
poster for Natalie Zemon Davis talk (all info in text of post)
Natalie Zemon Davis  “Regaining Jerusalem: Eschatology and slavery in Jewish colonization in early modern Suriname”

Annual Ioan Davies Annual Lecture October 24th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. in Osgoode Moot Court with a reception to follow.

University of Toronto social historian and Professor Emerita of Princeton University, Professor Davis is one of the foremost living historians, of the early modern world especially, and a pioneer in women’s history. She is the author of The Return of Martin Guerre, Fiction in the Archives, Trickster Travels, among numerous other influential works. She received the order of Canada in 2012 and in July was awarded the National Humanities Medal from US President Barack Obama in a White House ceremony.  Read a profile of her here.
The Ioan Davies Memorial Lecture commemorates the life and work of Ioan Davies, who explored art and popular culture in terms of the kinds of opportunities they offer for common political action. Davies was the author of several works of fiction and non-fiction, including Cultural Studies and Beyond: Fragments of Empire, Writers in Prison, and Social Mobility and Political Change. Davies taught graduate courses on aesthetics and contemporary critical theory in the Department of Social & Political Thought in York’s Faculty of Art and was influential in establishing the African Studies Program and the Graduate Program in Communication and Culture.

Talk by Judy Rebick: “Occupy Education: Towards a Social Justice Approach for Inclusive and Equitable Education”, York University,

Thursday, Oct. 24, from 6:30 to 8:30pm, at 135 Vanier College, Keele campus.

The York Centre for Education& Community (YCEC) fall 2013 public lecture will feature well-known social justice activist, writer, broadcaster and speaker Judy Rebick.   Rebick will talk about challenging the existing system of education to create a system that is more inclusive and more diverse. Despite steps towards diversity that began in the 1980s, progress has slowed. Using lessons from new movements like Occupy and Idle No More, Rebick will show the importance of changing the way we educate to achieve diversity and inclusion.

Judy Rebick: From 2002 until 2010, Rebick held the Sam Gindin Chair in Social Justice and Democracy, having been appointed to it upon its creation. She is also the founding publisher of Rabble.ca, Canada’s most popular independent online news and discussion site. She is the author of several books and articles, most recently Transforming Power: From the Personal to the Political (Penguin, 2009) and Ten Thousand Roses: The Making of a Feminist Revolution (Penguin, 2005). Her other books are Imagine Democracy (Stoddard, 2000) and Politically Speaking (Douglas & McIntyre, 1996). During the 1990’s, Rebick was the host of two national TV shows on CBC Newsworld and a frequent commentator on CBC radio and television. She also contributes commentaries to a host of newspapers and magazines. She is perhaps best known to Canadians as a former president of the National Action Committee on the Status of Women, Canada’s largest women’s group. Rebick is also a board member of Alternatives, a Quebec based international non-governmental organization, and is on the advisory boards of Fair Vote Canada and the December 6 Coalition. 
For more information, contact YCEC at 416-650-8458 or by e-mail at ycec@edu.yorku.ca.


Future of the Women’s Movement Roundtable Follow-up and Strategizing, University of Ottawa, (October 30, 2013).

Last October, feminist organizations, academics, labour, and other interested individuals came together for a roundtable discussion on the future of the women’s movement. As a follow-up to last year’s event, please join us on October 30, 2013 in the Old Chapel of Tabaret Hall, University of Ottawa, from 9am-4:30pm to learn more about the outcomes of last year’s gathering, our evolving collaboration as Canadian Feminist Voices, and for a facilitated session to develop a feminist strategy leading up to the 2015 federal election. We are still in the process of finalizing the agenda and speakers; more details will be made available soon. Please send your RSVP to canadianfeministvoices@gmail.com including details about any accessibility requirements you may have. Planning Committee: Canadian Association of University Teachers, Canada Centre for Policy Alternatives, Making Women Count Canadian Federation of University Women, Canadian Labour Congress, YWCA Canada. 


TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY FEMINISM AND THE ACADEMY  Sponsored by The Department of Women’s Studies and Feminist Research, Western University, and The Royal Society of Canada (October 19, 2013). The talks will also be available on internet live-feed, and as podcasts at http://www.uwo.ca/womens/pages/events.html. Oct. 19, 2013, 9:30am -6:00pm David S. Chu International Student Centre, Western University, 2130 WSSB. Four distinguished speakers will address the challenges of incorporating feminism and issues of diversity in contemporary Canadian Universities.  Featured Speakers: Carla Fehr, Wolfe Chair in Scientific and Technological Literacy, Philosophy, University of Waterloo. Excellent science: of the people, by the people, for the people, Frances Henry, Professor Emerita, York University Racialization, Gender and the Academy, , Scott Morgensen. Gender Studies, Queen’s University, Indigenous Feminism and Settler Sovereignty: Responding to Idle No More. The talks will also be available on internet live-feed, and as podcasts at  http://www.uwo.ca/womens/pages/events.html. To register  uwo.ca/womens/pages/events.html for the online registration form. More information please contact: Helen Fielding, hfieldin@uwo.ca.


CFP x2 Geographies of Violence (Place Space & Time) & Cdn Women as Public Intellectuals

Two really amazing looking CFP’s – one from the Feminism and Legal Theory Project with the conference January in Atlanta, and one from Mount Allison U for 2014.  


The Feminism and Legal Theory Project at 30: A Workshop on Geographies of Violence: Place, Space, and Time (Deadline: October 21, 2013)

Location:  Emory University School of Law, Atlanta, Georgia. Date: January 24-25, 2014. The summer of 2013 marks the beginning of the 30th year of operation for the Feminism and Legal Theory Project. During the 2013-2014 academic year we will be looking at the history and impact of feminist legal theory in a variety of key areas of concern to those interested in the institutionalization, construction, and maintenance of gender and gender differences, as well as broader issues of social and economic justice. Following in the footsteps of our workshops on sex and reproduction and the family as areas of early feminist legal scholarship, we will consider violence.


Thirty years ago the discussions revolved around “domestic violence,” this workshop will look at the issues more broadly. One overarching question in all the sessions is: what is the role for and future of feminist legal theory and gender analysis in a “post-egalitarian” and “intersectional” world in which claims and analyses based on gender differences are viewed with suspicion? Guiding Questions: What “counts” as violence? How does the space and place in which violence occurs affect our responses to it? Why is there such resistance to the idea of wide-spread gendered violence in American politics? What are the different perspectives on violence reflected in disciplines such as law, medicine, public health, anthropology, political science, ethics, and religion? How do societal institutions act in conjunction with or opposition to the state in understanding and addressing violence? What is the relationship between interpersonal violence and structural violence? Between violence and art and culture? Can the state be understood as violent? What are the benefits and drawbacks in looking at violence from a societal or cultural, rather than an individual or criminal justice, perspective? What would a society designed to eliminate violence look like? What is the relationship between “public” and “private” violence? What can we learn from looking at gender-based violence (broadly conceived) among cultures with different traditions, economic organizations and legal frameworks for gender equality? Is gendered violence endemic to all societies, and inherent in human nature? Or are there identifiable causes and remedies? What about violence against children? What is the relationship between neglect and violence? Can violence ever be justified, for example in the cause of humanitarian interventions? How do the categories of “victim/perpetuator,” “domestic violence,” “intimate partner violence,” and “gendered violence” shape our approaches to law and policy? What is “rape culture” and what are its implications for individual cases of aggression? How does violence shift across the course of the lifespan? How and why should we think differently about violence directed toward different age groups: children, youth, adults, and seniors? What can and should be done to address emerging forms of online bullying and virtual violence? Workshop Contacts: Martha Albertson Fineman, mlfinem@emory.edu, Stu Marvel, smarvel@emory.edu. Submission procedure: Email a proposal as a Word or PDF document by October 21, 2013 to Yvana Mol at:ymols@emory.edu. Decisions will be made by October 31 and working paper drafts will be due December 20 so they can be duplicated and distributed prior to the Workshop.  Workshop details: The Workshop begins Friday at 4PM in room 575 of Emory Law School (1301 Clifton Rd, Atlanta, GA). A dinner in the Hunter Atrium will follow the panel presentation session on Friday.  Panel presentations continue on Saturday from 9:30 AM to 5PM and breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Discourse & Dynamics: Canadian Women as Public Intellectuals : Conference on Women as Public Intellectuals in Canada and Quebec, Mount Allison University, (Deadline: October 31, 2013).


Art by Alison Creba, from current exhibition at Owens Art Gallery at Mount Allison University in NB.   Alison Creba: City Mail Poster Meeting Places 20 September to 10 November  The exhibition Meeting Places at the Owens Art Gallery has been planned in conjunction with an international conference on place and space organized by Mount Allison University in Sackville and St. Mary's University in Halifax. The exhibition brings together artists whose work offers definitions of place and inquires into the way place-based communities form, are transformed, migrate, become dispossessed, and occupy territory. The exhibition will feature Eryn Foster, whose practice is based in relational aesthetics, through community actions such as the building of a community oven and the planning of community walks. Eryn will collaborate with Winnipeg artist Ray Fenwick. Also included are First Nations artist Frank Shebageget and New York/Nova Scotia-based artist Tom Sherman who, in their different ways, merge community and identity; and Toronto artist Alison Creba, the founder and facilitator of CITY MAIL, whose work acts as a catalyst for further explorations of the physical and personal topographies that characterize an area, and Mitchell Wiebe, artist-in-residence at the Diefenbunker in Debert, Nova Scotia, one of several bunkers built during the Cold War. Mitchell will collaborate with Halifax artist Aaron Weldon.
Poster for City Mail by Alison Creba

CONFERENCE: 16-18 October 2014, Mount Allison University, Sackville, New Brunswick. This national conference proposes to appraise women’s contributions to dynamic discourse in Canada and Quebec. Scheduled in conjunction with Persons Day, 18 October 2014, the conference will feature among other notable participants Margaret Atwood, Nicole Brossard, Siila Watt-Cloutier, Jessica Danforth, Charlotte Gray, Pam Palmater, Judy Rebick and Janice Stein.


Canadian women have contributed enormously to public discourse, in important but often under-valued ways.  Across different generations and cultural communities, women in English Canada and Quebec address key questions that animate intellectual discussion, from concerns about the environment and the economy to issues of social justice, racism, poverty, health and violence.  But are their voices valued and heard, or are they subsumed in the general noise of public debate?  Why they are not accorded the attention and approbation they merit? The concept of the public intellectual has come under considerable scrutiny in recent years. Classic studies such as The Treason of the Intellectuals (Benda 1928) or The Opium of the Intellectuals (Aron 1957) have been succeeded by further investigations, among them The Last Intellectuals (Jacoby 1987), Representations of the Intellectual (Said 1993), Public Intellectuals: A Study of Decline (Posner 2001), Public Intellectuals: An Endangered Species (ed. Etzioni and Bowditch 2006).


In 2007, Toronto Star columnist Alex Good asked “What has become of the Canadian public intellectual?” (“Woe is Us,” 8 April 2007) while Queen’s Quarterly published essays on the matter by Michael Ignatieff (“The Decline and Fall of the Public Intellectual” Fall 1997) and Mark Kingwell (“What are Intellectuals for?” Spring 2011).  Kingwell, reflecting on Canada’s most important thinkers, acknowledges that identification is controversial, but mentions McLuhan, Frye, Innis, Woodcock, Grant, Gould, Jacobs, Atwood, Taylor, and Ignatieff.  This list is not untypical–most names are those of men. The National Post’s 2005 search for Canada’s most important public intellectual repeats this bias; of the twenty-two individuals profiled, only four were women, Margaret Atwood, Naomi Klein, Irshad Manji and Margaret McMillan. Yet women in Canada and Quebec have spoken and written on subjects of importance and concern in the public domain, from energy resources to free trade, from economic inequality to policies on immigration, from culture to medicine. Where are their names? Does the “public intellectual” brand effectively exclude women? Does its evolving definition take sufficient account of gender? of race? of class?

Proposals are invited for presentations that explore this topic.  We are open to a wide range of participation, from individual papers to panels, performances, poster sessions, or other displays.  Points of focus might include but are not limited to: refiguring the public intellectual, public intellectuals, activists, academics, artists, commentators: what are the relationships? conditions for the public intellectual, Canadian/Quebec women as public intellectuals of the past/present/future, the internet/blogosphere and the public intellectual, the impact of Canadian/Quebec women’s voices in the public sphere, substance versus style, whom do we listen to and why owning public space, daring to speak out. Proposals for individual or collaborative presentations should include: 1. title (up to 150 characters) 2. abstract

(100-150 words) 3. description (500 words) & on a separate page: 4. a short biographical note 5. full contact information. Proposals may be submitted electronically by October 31, 2013 to DiscourseDynamics@mta.ca ORGANIZERS: Christl Verduyn, Director, Centre for Canadian Studies, Professor, Department of English, Mount Allison University, Sackville, New Brunswick, E4L 1G9. Aritha van Herk, Professor, Department of English, 2500 University Dr. N.W., University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, T2N 1N4. A selection of papers will be considered for publication and a follow-up conference is foreseen in 2016 at the University of Calgary.





Democratic Deficits: Equality & Rep in Canadian Politics: Workshop in Mtrl November 20, 2013

A note from Trudeau Scholar Kerri Froc about this workshop to be held November 20, 2013:

Democratic Deficits? Equality and Representation in Canadian Politics / Déficits démocratiques? Égalité et représentation politique au Canada

Equality is a critical element of Canada’s representative democracy, yet it is one that our electoral system faces critical challenges in delivering. In principle, Canadians are governed under notions of voter equality, “effective representation” of diverse communities, and equal treatment of political candidates. However, the chronic under-representation of women, racial minorities and Aboriginals in our elected institutions, alleged voter suppression tactics, and electoral boundaries that dilute the votes of some Canadians suggest we still have far to go in making these ideas a practical reality. At this workshop, we will hear from academics and practitioners about the sources of under-representation and unresponsiveness and propose solutions for greater equality and fairness.

This event is being held in conjunction with the Trudeau Foundation’s 10th Annual Conference.



Agenda / Ordre du jour

8:30 – 8:45 a.m.   Welcome / Bienvenue
8:45 – 9:30 a.m.   Keynote Address / Discours-programmeJean-Pierre KingsleyFormer Chief Electoral Officer / ancien director général des élections
9:30 – 11:00 a.m.   Gender Balance in Parliament / Équilibre entre les sexes au Parlement
11:00 – 11:30 a.m.   Break / Pause
11:30 – 1:00 p.m.   Ethnocultural Diversity in Politics / Diversité ethnoculturelle en politique
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.   Lunch / Déjeuner
2:00 – 3:30 p.m.   Electoral Boundaries / Délimitation des circonscriptions électorales
3:30 – 4:00 p.m.   Break / Pause
4:00 – 5:30 p.m.   Justice in Electioneering / Justice électoraliste
5:30 – 5:45 p.m.   Conference close / Clôture de la conférence


Speakers / Conférenciers

Panelists will be announced in September 2013. Check back for details!

Les conférenciers seront annoncés en Septembre 2013. Revenez pour plus de détails!


Sessions / Séances

Gender Balance in Parliament / Équilibre entre les sexes au Parlement

More than 80% of Canadians are now governed by female premiers, and there are more women in the federal Cabinet than ever before. Paradoxically, however, women comprise only 25% of MPs, and Canada ranks 46th of 189 countries in terms of the number of nationally-elected women. How can we turn these cracks in the glass ceiling into a true breakthrough for women? This panel will discuss the reasons for women’s under-representation in Parliament, as well as possible solutions.

Plus de 80% des Canadiens sont maintenant gouvernés par des premières ministres, et nous avons plus de femmes au Cabinet que jamais. Paradoxalement, les femmes ne représentent que 25% des députés et le Canada se classe au 46ième rang sur 189 pays en termes du nombre de femmes élues à l’échelle nationale. Comment pouvons-nous transformer ces petites fissures dans le plafond de verre en véritable percée pour les femmes? Ce panel examinera les raisons de la sous-représentation des femmes au Parlement, ainsi que certaines solutions potentielles.


Ethnocultural Diversity in Politics / Diversité ethnoculturelle en politique

Canada’s population is becoming increasingly diverse and while ethnocultural minorities and Aboriginal peoples have made some important gains in the electoral arena, our country’s representatives largely have Anglo, Western European and Caucasian origins. Visible minorities, immigrants and First Nations are numerically under-represented. This panel will look at the representation of ethnocultural diversity in elected politics, voter attitudes toward non-White candidates and the media’s portrayal of minorities in politics. It will chart progress and gaps and pinpoint strategies for increasing diversity in Canadian political life.

La population du Canada est de plus en plus diversifiée. Mais même si les minorités ethnoculturelles et les peuples autochtones ont fait des gains importants dans l’arène électorale, les représentants de notre pays demeurent en générale anglophones, occidentaux et blancs. Les minorités visibles, les immigrants et les Premières Nations sont numériquement sous-représentés. Ce panel se penchera sur les questions de la diversité ethnoculturelle dans la politique électorale, des attitudes des électeurs à l’égard des candidats non-blancs et de la représentation médiatique des minorités visibles sur la scène politique. Le panel va identifier les progrès réalisés et exposer les lacunes ethnoculturelles dans l’espace politique national, et tentera de définir des stratégies pour accroître la diversité dans la vie politique canadienne. 


Electoral Boundaries / Délimitation des circonscriptions électorales

Electoral districts are the building blocks of democracy. The distribution of federal electoral districts among the provinces was recently changed by the Fair Representation Act. Independent, non-partisan commissions in each province are now redrawing electoral boundaries. Yet redistricting receives relatively little academic or judicial scrutiny in Canada, compared to other democracies. This panel will investigate the competing principles at play and the institutional context.

Les circonscriptions électorales sont les piliers de notre démocratie. La répartition des circonscriptions électorales fédérales parmi les provinces a été récemment modifiée par la Loi sur la représentation équitable. Des commissions non-partisanes et indépendantes dans chaque province s’attardent maintenant à retracer les limites des circonscriptions électorales. Au contraire de ce que l’on retrouve dans d’autres démocraties, ce redécoupage n’a soulevé que peu d’intérêt chez les universitaires canadiens ou dans la jurisprudence canadienne. Ce panel examinera les enjeux contradictoires qui influencent le contexte institutionnel de cet exercice de redécoupage.


Justice in Electioneering / Justice électoraliste

Canada’s election administration has recently come under stress, with the Supreme Court ruling on a disputed election in Etobicoke, Federal Court hearings into alleged “robocalls”, and allegations of improper political party financing and contributions in Quebec. This panel will explore how federal and provincial electoral administration should respond.

L’administration des élections au Canada a récemment fait l’objet de critiques sérieuses, avec la décision de la Cour suprême sur la controverse des résultats électoraux à Etobicoke, les audiences de la Cour fédérale sur les appels-robots, et les pratiques illicites de contributions politiques et de financement des partis au Québec. Ce panel explorera comment les administrations électorales fédérale et provinciales devraient répondre à ces situations problématiques.

Motion 312 [legal definition of a human being] back in the House of Commons Sept. 21

The abortion rights coalition of Canada has lots of info here:

Motion 312 Action Alert. Sign our petitions, send a letter to your MP, join an action!.

I reported on the first hour, with lots of links, here.

And Radical Handmaids have very kindly created a drinking game for the purpose of debate watching.  Which is funny even without playing.