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Call For Papers: “Feminist Experiences of Law” @ Melbourne Law School

Feminist Experiences of Law
Provocations III: IILAH

27-28 October 2016
Room 920, Level 9, Melbourne Law School

Experience is central to feminist thinking and praxis. Understood as the personal, as the subjective, as political formation, as method, or as a contested concept in philosophy, history, sociology, literary and cultural theory, experience had long shaped debates and struggles about what it means to think and act as a feminist.

The work that experience does, and has done, in how feminists understand, contest and live with law has official and unofficial histories, and distinct and diverse forms of contemporary argument. This conference seeks to draw together a broad community of scholars and activists to consider, and reconsider, feminist experiences of law. We invite papers from a range of disciplinary, practice and experiential perspectives – reform and socio-legal projects, legal and feminist theories, legal histories and life writing, institutional and doctrinal analysis. We are interested in new ideas, new scholarship, new experiences, and encourage papers that deploy a range of styles and genres.

Following the successful ‘Post feminism/ post critique’? workshop convened at ANU in 2015, the Feminist Experiences of Law workshop will adopt a similar collaborative and egalitarian format. There will be opportunity for 18 participants to present papers; but we encourage others to attend to broaden the conversation. The workshop will however be capped at 40 participants, to enable opportunities for close engagement. There is no registration cost.

Call For Papers
If you would like to give a paper at the Workshop, we invite you to submit a 300 word abstract that addresses the broad themes of the workshop by 30 May 2016 to provocations-iilah@unimelb.edu.au. Successful participants will be notified by 30 June 2016. Paper presenters will be expected to read and engage closely with the other papers in their session in the lead up to the workshop. Details of the form of this engagement will be circulated closer to the workshop date. We welcome abstracts from Early Career Researchers and Doctoral Candidates. Please note we have some capacity to provide travel bursaries for up to 5 PhD candidates and early career researchers, if selected to give papers. Please indicate in your abstract if you would like further information about this.

If you would like to participate in the workshop although not give a paper, please register by email to provocations-iilah@unimelb.edu.au by 30 May 2015.  We would encourage all participants to be available for the two days of the workshop, and be prepared to engage in conversation. Successful participants will be notified by 30 June 2016.



CFP: Conference on Law, Governance, and Time @ U of Kent (Sept 2016)

 NB: abstracts due in February 2016.

The ‘New’ Legal Temporalities?
Discipline and Resistance across Domains of Time
8-10 September, 2016 University of Kent, UK

Keynote: Carol Greenhouse (Anthropology, Princeton)

Plenary speakers: • Michelle Bastian (Philosophy, Edinburgh) • Sarah Keenan (Law, Birkbeck) • Dipika Jain (Law, Jindal Global Law School) • Justin Richland (Anthropology, Chicago)

Writer in residence: Annabel Lyon (prize-winning author of historical novels The Sweet Girl and The Golden Mean)

Law and governance are intimately entangled with time. This international conference will explore time’s fraught relationship with law, governance and ordering: the use of time in projects of discipline, the significance of time to resistance, the creation of new temporal horizons and experiences through technological innovation, as well as other themes.

The AHRC Regulating Time network invites conference papers, presentations, or art-based engagements focusing on the relationship between law, governance and time, broadly understood. We particularly encourage the participation of scholars working in disciplines other than law and governance, and legal scholars working with interdisciplinary methods or perspectives. We welcome papers on a range of topics engaging broadly with any of the following:

• What can analysing time and temporalities add to our understanding of law, regulation and governance?

• How can we understand the relationship between law, governance and time? What concepts of time help us to trace law’s temporal effects, for example? What is specific or distinct about legal approaches within interdisciplinary studies of time?

• What role and effects does time have in projects of discipline and control, on the one hand, or in resistance and protest, on the other?

In particular, in the context of what some view as an upturn in research on law and time, we invite participants to be critical about what is ‘new’ about critical legal studies of time in the present moment (acknowledging, for instance, the insights of the legal history movement and longstanding postcolonial critiques of ‘universal time’). The conference title, while registering such ‘newness’, also therefore signals our hope to subvert it.

In particular, in the context of what some view as an upturn in research on law and time, we invite participants to be critical about what is ‘new’ about critical legal studies of time in the present moment (acknowledging, for instance, the insights of the legal history movement and longstanding postcolonial critiques of ‘universal time’). The conference title, while registering such ‘newness’, also therefore signals our hope to subvert it.

We welcome individual abstracts, panel and stream proposals. Unless you specify otherwise, we will assign abstracts to panels on the basis of shared themes or topics. Papers are invited also for the following streams and panels which are being organized by members of the Regulating Time network (further details below):

• Radical Temporality: Law, Order and Resistance
• Technologies and Time: Forms of Governance
• Gendered Bodies and the Corporeality of Time
• Temporalities, Law and Security
• Temporalities of Labour: Time, Technology, History and Politics
• The Right to One’s Own Time: Law in the Making

Submitting an Abstract, Stream or Panel Proposal

Deadline for stream and panel proposals: 15 February 2016

Deadline for individual abstracts (300 words or less): 29 February 2016

Stream and panel proposals should contain: title of stream or panel; 150 word (max) summary of themes; list of confirmed participants; paper titles and abstracts all as one package.

Please submit abstracts, stream and panel proposals to the email address below, specifying whether you are submitting to the open call or to one of the prespecified streams. If you are submitting to one of the pre-specified streams then please cc the relevant stream organizer/s, otherwise your paper will not be considered for that stream.

Email address for abstracts and stream/panel proposals: regulatingtime@kent.ac.uk

*Please let us know by email to regulatingtime@kent.ac.uk by 15 February 2016 if you have any of the following requirements:
• Disability-related needs with respect to conference attendance generally
• A visa letter
• Any other specific requirements to facilitate attendance.

Organized Streams and Panels
Radical Temporality: Law, Order & Resistance. Stream. We welcome papers that investigate practices of resistance (actions, groups and movements) in society that challenge the existing order in a more or less fundamental way or to seek to create a completely new order. A central question is: under what conditions is resistance successful, meaningful and legitimate? Key words: time, critique, social theory. Convenors: Lyana Francot-Timmermans (l.m.a.francot@vu.nl) and Bart van Klink (b.van.klink@vu.nl), University of Amsterdam. • Technologies and Time: Forms of Governance. Stream. This stream will examine how demands for efficient institutional practises has increased the use of technologies and what that means for the way that legal issues are constructed and processed. The stream will also consider the effects of those issues on people who come into contact with the law. Key words: regulation, institutions, efficiency, technology. Convenor: Lucy Welsh (l.welsh@kent.ac.uk), University of Kent. • Gendered Bodies and the Corporeality of Time. Stream. This stream is focused on the how time interacts, delineates, and impacts on the body. Specifically, it seeks to explore issues around the embodiment of time and corporeal experiences of time and temporality, including issues around bio-technology and gendered bodies. Key words: gender, corporeal, embodiment, bio-politics. Convenor: Starla Hargita (chargita@alum.wellesley.edu), UTS Sydney/University of Kent. • Temporalities, Law and Security. Stream. This interdisciplinary stream invites contributors to analyse the relations between law and security through a temporal lens and is oriented around the following type of question: What does it mean to rethink the legal conflicts and problems provoked by different security practices – such as targeted killings, cybersecurity, communications surveillance, global health security, financial warfare, resilience, counter-radicalisation, critical infrastructure protection and other counter-terrorism measures – in temporal terms? Key words: security, temporality, regulation, jurisdiction, resilience, accountability. Convenors: Geoff Gordon (g.m.gordon@vu.nl), University of Amsterdam and Gavin Sullivan (g.sullivan@kent.ac.uk), University of Kent. • Temporalities of Labour: Time, Technology, History and Politics. Stream. In what ways do projects of law and governance conceptualise, shape, and understand labour time? What can we study when we analyse labour regulation – what is the significance, for example, of ‘old’ and ‘new’ technologies, bureaucratic processes, or of histories of colonial labour regulation? Key words: labour, technologies, bureaucracies, legal technicalities, colonial labour regulation. Convenor: Emily Grabham (e.grabham@kent.ac.uk), University of Kent.
The Right to One’s Own Time: Law in the Making. Panel. This panel will feature theoretically-engaged papers on rights to time as an immaterial good and on the objective-legal and subjective-legal implication of rights. I am also interested in legal-empirical papers on courts’ or legislative decisions with reference to time (eg train and flight delays, temporal implications of the due process of law, due access to medical treatment, etc. and their treatment by ECJ, ECHR etc.). Key words/phrases: Time as a scarce good; time as an emerging legal value; time as resource for quality of everyday-life; rights in their objective-legal and their subjective-legal dimension. Convenor: Ulrich Mückenberger (mueckenb@uni-bremen.de), University of Bremen.

Registration and Conference Bursaries

Registration fees for the conference will be as follows:
• £175 for institutionally supported participants
• £50 for non-institutionally supported participants, postgraduate students, artists and writers.

Details of how to register and a list of reasonably priced local accommodation will be available soon on our website.

Two bursaries will be available. These bursaries will be allocated to participants from any country:
1. Postgraduate participants who do not already have institutional support to attend the conference; and/or
2. Other scholars, artists or writers without institutional support.

In order to apply, please send the following to regulatingtime@kent.ac.uk by 15 February 2016 FAO Emily Grabham:
• One page (max) curriculum vitae including details of current employment status and postgraduate studies or other work • Abstract (see above)
• Maximum 500 word statement as to why this support would be of benefit
• One reference from, for example, a PhD supervisor
• Statement of transport and/or accommodation expenses.

For further information about the Regulating Time network, please see our blog, follow us on twitter (@regulatingtime) or join our JISC email list.

CFP: Osgoode Hall Graduate Student Conference 2016 – “Choose Your Own Adventure”

Calling all grad students out of your carrels….the academic and social event of the year is here!

Osgoode’s annual Graduate Student Conference will take place on February 18-19th, 2016, at Osgoode Hall, York University (Keele) campus.

The conference this year takes on the broad theme of  “Exploring Law and Change through Interdisciplinary Research, New Legal Realism and Other Perspectives – Choose Your Own Adventure”.This is a fantastic opportunity for graduate students and others to share and sharpen scholarship, develop professional skills, and engage with scholars, lawyers, artists and activists from across the world.  An exciting new development this year is the addition of workshops specifically dedicated to honing research, writing and job skills. There are also some great social events in the works. 

The deadline for proposals (250 word abstract) is December 4, 2015. We would love to see a hearty helping of burgeoning feminist scholarship in the mix! Please note that you do not need to submit a paper in order to participate in the conference. See the full text of the call below for details.

Exploring Law and Change through Interdisciplinary Research, New Legal Realism and Other Perspectives

Choose Your Own Adventure

The theme for the 2016 Osgoode Hall Graduate Law Student Conference is “Exploring Law and Change through Interdisciplinary Research, New Legal Realism and Other Perspectives – Choose Your Own Adventure”. Where law engages with social issues and interactions, many legal scholars have begun to apply knowledge from outside the disciplinary boundaries of law. From this interdisciplinary perspective, our conference will consider the myriad ways in which law facilitates, obstructs, and reacts to change. We also welcome general submissions from those whose work falls outside this theme.

Past Osgoode Hall Graduate Law Student Conferences have featured PhD and LLM students from all over the world, featuring scholars from every continent. Over the years, several hundreds of early-career scholars have shared their work, built strong networks, and engaged with new perspectives at our event. This year, in addition to our panels, the conference will host a series of workshops dedicated to helping attendees hone not only their research and writing, but also other job skills like community engagement, the use of interdisciplinary methods, and so forth. We are dedicated to growing and improving this annual event—one of the premiere graduate law student conferences in Canada.

The conference will be held at Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto, Ontario, where we look forward to welcoming fellow graduate students and junior scholars, as well as members of the legal and social justice communities from February 18th to 19th, 2016.

Why should you apply? Conference presentations are one of the most important parts of your academic CV, and graduate student conferences offer an unparalleled environment within which to debate and share your viewpoint, and convince the academic community about the great value of your research. At this conference, you will be provided with fresh perspectives on your own research, and afforded the opportunity to engage with your peers in helping them to sharpen their work as well. Beyond the clear academic benefits and importance to your job prospects, the Osgoode Hall Graduate Law Student Conference is a place to meet colleagues from across Canada, and become a part of a global network established by the largest graduate law student body in the country. And, if that’s not enough for you, the social events will be one of the highlights of the our year.

We invite proposals for papers, presentations, panels, workshops and other interventions (including art-based and performance contributions) from Master’s and Doctoral students, lawyers, educators, artists, and activists. Submissions may also be works in progress or finalized pieces, intended for or drawn from, thesis or dissertation proposals or chapters, major research papers, course papers, post-doctoral projects, and so on. To apply, please submit an abstract of approximately 250 words in length and include (i) your name, (ii) title of the paper, (iii) your organization or institution (if any), and (iv) a list of up to five keywords to glsa@osgoode.yorku.ca. The deadline for submission is 4 December 2015 and successful applicants will be notified by early January. Information about the conference site, accommodations, and conference fees will be provided with your notice of acceptance.

If you are successful, your presentation outline (a minimum of 500 words) or final paper must be submitted by 10 February 2016.

We are looking forward to a great conference this year, with several social events, excellent panels, workshops from senior scholars, and more. Mark your calendar and we will see you there!

Very much looking forward to this!


CFP: Joint Scholars & Scholarship Workshop on Feminist Jurisprudence

An interesting workshop opportunity in New York City, recently posted here on the Feminist Law Professors blog:

Joint Scholars & Scholarship Workshop on Feminist JurisprudenceJanuary 6, 2016
Fordham Law School

Sponsored by the Legal Writing Institute (LWI), the Association of Legal Writing Directors (ALWD), and the Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research Section of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS).

LWI, ALWD, and the AALS Legal Writing Section are excited to collaborate with Fordham Law School in celebration of feminist scholars and scholars of feminist jurisprudence by offering a half-day workshop.   The Scholars & Scholarship Workshop will take place at Fordham Law School on January 6, 2016, the day prior to the beginning of the 2016 AALS Annual Meeting in New York City.

The Workshop is focused on scholarly writing and teaching in the field of feminist jurisprudence. Our goal is to encourage and support the work of scholars, including jurists and practitioners, as they challenge patriarchy and other hierarchical structures, critique existing jurisprudence from multicultural feminist perspectives, and share strategies and techniques for bringing a feminist perspective into the classroom.  It extends the conversation of the more than 50 scholars involved in the creation of the edited volume, Feminist Judgments: Rewritten Opinions of the United States Supreme Court (Kathryn  Stanchi, Linda Berger & Bridget Crawford eds., Cambridge University Press 2016).  We hope to more broadly support the work of feminist scholars in the academy, regardless of their subject area of study.

If you are interested in presenting a draft paper to receive feedback from an audience of informed scholars in a safe and supportive environment, please submit an abstract to the Scholars & Scholarship Workshop by October 5, 2015.  Abstracts should be no longer than 500 words in length and should be emailed to Professors Nantiya Ruan at nruan@law.du.edu and Shailini Jandial George at sjgeorge@suffolk.edu.  Those submitting abstracts will be informed of whether they were chosen to participate by October 31, 2015, and drafts will be sent to readers in mid-December.

If you are interested in attending the workshop, you can register here:


For more on feminist judgment projects, see a couple of our posts from earlier this year:  here and here.

CFP: Feminist Legal Theory Collaborative Research Network at the 2016 LSA Annual Meeting in New Orleans

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For those thinking of attending the Law and Society Association’s Annual Meeting in New Orleans next June, take note! From the Planning Committee:

Call for Papers – Friday September 18th Deadline Feminist Legal Theory Collaborative Research Network at the Law and Society Association Annual Meeting New Orleans, June 2-5, 2016

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 2016.

Information about the Law and Society meeting (including registration and hotel information) is at: www.lawandsociety.org/NewOrleans2016/neworleans2016.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 belonging, place, and visions of law and social change. 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.

A committee of the CRN will assign individual papers to panels based on subject. Our panels will use the LSA format, which requires four papers, but we will continue our custom of assigning a chair for the panel and a commentator for each individual paper. As a condition of participating as a panelist, you must also agree to serve as a chair or commentator for another panel or participant. We will of course take into account your scheduling and topic preferences to the degree possible.

The duties of a chair are to organize the panel logistically, including registering it online with the LSA, and moderating the panel. The chair will develop a 100-250 word description for the session and submit the session proposal to LSA before their 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 assigning commentators but may wait to do so until panels have been scheduled later this winter. The duties of a commentator are to read one paper and provide verbal comments as well as brief written (email is fine) comments.

If you would like to present a paper as part of a CRN panel, please email an abstract or summary, along with your name and a title, to Jessica Clarke at jessicaclarke@umn.edu. There is no need to upload the document to the TWEN site this year. Note that LSA is imposing a new requirement that your summary be at least 1,000 words long. Although a shorter summary will suffice for our purposes, you will be required to upload a 1,000 word summary in advance of LSA’s deadline on

October 15. If you are already planning a LSA session with at least four panelists (and papers) that you would like to see included in the Feminist Legal Theory CRN, please let Jessica know.

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. Please note that for roundtables, organizers are now required to provide a 500 word summary of the topic and the contributions they expect the proposed participants to make. Please also note that LSA rules limit you to participating only once as a paper panelist or roundtable participant.

Please submit all proposals by Friday, September 18. This will permit us to organize panels and submit them prior to the LSA’s deadline on October 15. In the past, we have attempted to accommodate as many panelists as possible, but have been unable to accept all proposals. If we are unable to accept your proposal 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 New Orleans to discuss the scholarship in which we are all engaged and connect with others doing work on feminism and gender.


LSA Planning Committee

Jessica Clarke
Jill Hasday
Jessica Knouse
Elizabeth Kukura
Seema Mohapatra
Marc Spindelman