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Call for Papers: Masking and Manipulating Vulnerability with Emory Law's Feminism and Legal Theory Project (deadline January 17 2011)

March 18th-19th, 2011
Emory University School of Law, Atlanta, Georgia
From the call (pdf click here.)

This workshop is the most recent in a series examining the theoretical possibilities inherent in the concepts ofvulnerability and resilience. The experience or realization of vulnerability can provoke compassion, empathy, and solidarity. It can also evoke fear, violence, and disgust.

In this session we want to examine how our understandings and experiences of human vulnerability can be and have been exploited economically, culturally, and or politically under the guise of protecting perceived at-risk groups or institutions.  Aggressive military policies, social welfare restrictions, and invasive economic restructuring have been justified in the name of mitigating national, gendered, global perils.

The designation of an individual or group as vulnerable is often viewed as stigmatizing and deserving of a marginalized or
diminished social status. Fear of vulnerability, as well as the fear of being labeled “vulnerable,” can render individuals and
institutions susceptible to manipulation and accepting of authoritarian regimes of control or subordination.  Vulnerability when assigned as characteristic of only some groups in society (e.g. children, the elderly, the poor) also can inspire protectionist policies that ignore the voice, desires, and material circumstances of the targeted population.  We invite proposals from scholars in all of disciplines in which the concept of vulnerability may be relevant.

It may be helpful in drafting your proposal to explore the Vulnerability and the Human Condition website: www.emory.edu/vulnerability The section on resources includes several VHC publications and definitions. Decisions will be made by January 28th. Working paper drafts will be due March 1st, so they can be duplicated and distributed.

Possible Questions to Consider

  • What images of vulnerability are found in politics, law, public policy, or culture?
  • What are the relationships between vulnerability and concepts such as weakness and harm?
  • What is the nature and power of the discourse and ideology whereby human vulnerability has been constructed
    as both avoidable and stigmatizing?
  • What are the relationships between vulnerability and liberal political theory?
  • Do feminist formulations of victimization and agency – or their caricatures – contribute to the construction of
    vulnerability as stigma and weakness?
    How is vulnerability articulated differently when it is perceived to be attached the powerful in society?
  • What are examples of the manipulation of vulnerability toward privileged or inappropriate ends?
  • Would unmasking the vulnerability of the rich and powerful provoke empathy or disgust (or both)?
  • Is there a difference between vulnerability perceived as “risk” verses as a threat?
  • How is the experience or perception of human, institutional, or state vulnerabilities appropriated to advance
    dominant ideologies or institutions?
  • In what ways can state or institutional responses to vulnerability aggravate or complicate the same circumstances
    to which they are responding?
  • Who is harmed by dominant and stigmatized conceptions of human vulnerability? How?
  • Who is benefited from such conceptions? How?
  • Can the realization of universal vulnerability be mobilized for progressive purposes? If so, how?
  • What is the danger in using the discourse of vulnerability?
  • What are the positive possibilities in using the discourse of vulnerability?

More information, including where to send your proposal on the full call announcement.  Click here.

cfp? between the lines

An academic is sitting at her desk.  It’s 5pm, and dark outside (daylight savings in NE North America). Rain pelts her office window.  She’s hungry, but all she can find is an old stick of minty gum.  She doesn’t know what she’s going to make for dinner and can’t remember what’s in the fridge.  An email arrives – ping! Hey, a CFP for a conference, in the Bahamas (see below for what she sees). In March! And, oh, she has something perfect to present on conference subtheme (k) Registered partnerships and same sex marriages.  Should she send a proposal?

I got the CFP  from the International Society of Family Law Caribbean regional conference below and thought, ok, maybe I’ll post this to the IFLS blog. Usually I don’t do too much research into these things. But as I was reading through it, I saw:

This conference is being supported by funds from the Marriage & Family Law Research Project at the Brigham Young University Law School, through Professor Lynn Wardle, the Bruce C. Hafen Professor of Law at the J. Reuben Clark Law School of Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah. Other avenues of support are being explored.

The West Indian Law Journal and the Ave Maria Law Review have expressed interest in publishing a selection of the papers presented at the conference.

Well.  I wonder what “other avenues of support are being explored” means.  Professor Lynn Wardle is as I understand it, a well known opponent of both same sex marriage and same sex adoption.  He’s on the Board of Advisors of the Howard Center for Family, Religion & Society.  They are pretty open about their views (see their position on “the natural family“).

I’m not raising this to have a discussion about Prof. Wardle’s views, or precisely how offensive they are.  Instead, I’m wondering whether the conference has the same views, or whether the International Society of Family Law does.  What kind of conference is this?    I mean, the conference CFP (which is pasted in below) includes the line:

Exciting social activities are being planned for accompanying persons during the conference.

Oh, of course. “Accompanying persons”.

So I don’t really understand what’s going on here.  And I guess that is what this post is about.  It’s not about a conference having “an agenda”.  Of course they do and I won’t have a problem with that. An agenda doesn’t necessarily prevent an open exchange of views, although it certainly narrows the range of views likely to be proposed and accepted.  Anyway, even within an “agenda” there are critical debates to be had, right feminists?

No, what’s stranger here is that the agenda seems unclear.  And what does “other avenues of support are being explored” mean?  Is that code for something?  Something like, “don’t worry”?

Any clarity on either the International Association of Family Law, or this conference would be appreciated and posted.  Maybe people in certain areas of law are more used to being cautious, or perhaps this one just surprised me (for instance, I know very well what to expect at a conference headed by the Fraser Institute or the Canadian Constitutional Foundation).  So: Canadians, don’t drop your critical faculties because of the weather.

Here’s the CFP, which I present as “supporting documentation” for this post, rather than as a CFP that I’m circulating.

The Legal and Social Consequences of the Disintegration and Reconstitution of Families.

Council of Legal Education The Eugene Dupuch Law School Nassau, The Bahamas

International Society of Family Law Caribbean Regional Conference

British Colonial Hilton Hotel Nassau, The Bahamas

March 17-19, 2011


Families, family life and family law are dynamic. The scope, as well as the pace of changes in form, formation, structure, stability, break -up, continuity and impermanency in family relations in this period of history in the western world is unprecedented. The meaning and significance of these changes merit the attention of the best scholarship. This conference invites family law and related academics to contribute to the discussion of these trends and phenomena and to put them into conceptual, historic, theoretical, doctrinal and practical perspectives.

Format of the Conference

The conference will comprise keynote speakers in plenary sessions, panel discussions, luncheon speakers and break-out sessions. There will be an opening cocktail reception and a banquet. Exciting social activities are being planned for accompanying persons during the conference, as well as post -conference tours for participants, such as a visit to Atlantis on Paradise Island to view the largest aquarium in the world, fun at the casino, swimming with the dolphins and sharks, and a number of other treats.

Target Group:

Academics, judges, practitioners, family therapists and students from the fields of law, social work, social policy, education and related disciplines are being invited to attend.

Sub -themes of the conference for paper proposals:

These include, but are not limited to:

(a)  Divorce and separation

(b) Property disputes

(c)  Custody and access

(d) Adoption and foster care

(e)  Step- families and blended families

(f)   Cohabitation

(g)  Right to family life and immigration laws

(h) Paternity and inheritance laws

(i)    Citizenship laws

(j)    Emigration and parental alienation

(k)  Registered partnerships and same sex marriages.

Submission of Abstracts:

Abstracts of around 250 words should reach the Scientific Committee by   December 3, 2010. They should be sent to the convenor of the conference, Hazel Thompson-Ahye at HThompsonAhye@edls.edu.bs.

Prospective presenters should also provide the following information: Full name of presenter, title or position, university or institution (if applicable), postal address, telephone, fax, email address and a one paragraph mini-resume’.

Publication of Papers

The West Indian Law Journal and the Ave Maria Law Review have expressed interest in publishing a selection of the papers presented at the conference.

Conference support

This conference is being supported by funds from the Marriage & Family Law Research Project at the Brigham Young University Law School, through Professor Lynn Wardle, the Bruce C. Hafen Professor of Law at the J. Reuben Clark Law School of Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah. Other avenues of support are being explored.

For further details, please contact :

Hazel Thompson- Ahye at HThompsonAhye@edls.edu.bs

Or Janet Adderley at JAdderley@edls.edu.bs

Telephone: 242-326-8507/8

Fax: 242-326-8504

Venue: British Colonial Hilton Hotel, Nassau, The Bahamas. Room prices have been negotiated at an exceptional rate of $198.32 per night, single or double occupancy, inclusive of all taxes and fees.

*Conference Registration Fee: $350.00 up to January 31, 2011;

Late registration fee of $400.00 will become payable from February 1, 2011.

Conference Presenters- $300.00

Registration fee includes conference materials, lunch, tea or coffee breaks.

CF proposals: (new) Deadline November 30 IFLS/CJWL Jr. Scholars Workshop – Join us Next Summer in Toronto

You should apply – or you know someone who should  This paper workshop is open to pre tenure faculty and advanced doctoral students.  And we’ve made it easy to apply!  Printable flyer here.

Osgoode Institute for Feminist Legal Studies & Canadian Journal of Women and the Law

Early Career Feminist Workshop

Call For Participation

The Osgoode Institute for Feminist Legal Studies and Canadian Journal of Women and the Law are pleased to invite participation in an Early Career Feminist Workshop to be held June 17, 2011 in Toronto.   Through this event, the IFLS and CJWL aim to provide a venue for feminist colleagues to come together and exchange ideas, and to create a unique mentorship opportunity which will encourage early career academics in the production of excellent scholarly work suitable for publication in the Canadian Journal of Women and the Law.


The workshop is open to pre-tenure scholars who are currently teaching in a Canadian university, whose research and writing engages with law (and society) and who bring feminist perspectives to bear on their work.

We welcome proposals from scholars working in law schools, law and society programs, sociology or criminology departments, and any other areas of the academy where law and feminism are being explored in a critical and rigorous way.

If your paper proposal is selected, you will be required to provide the paper by April 15 2011.  Each paper/scholar will be matched with a senior expert in the field.  This expert will lead our workshop conversation about the paper.

NEW Deadline: NOVEMBER 30TH, 2010

To apply, please email pdf copies of:

1.       paper proposal in English or French (maximum 500 words); and

2.       curriculum vitae

to Lielle Gonsalves <lgonsalves@osgoode.yorku.ca> by October 31, 2010.    The re: line should read “Application for IFLS CJWL early career workshop”.   Participants will be selected by a joint committee of the IFLS/CJWL in December, 2010.

Workshop Details

Date:                      June 17 2011

NB: the date of this workshop does not conflict with:

Congress 2011 of Social Sciences and the Humanities in Moncton NB (May 28-June 5); The LSA meetings (June 2-5, San Francisco); or the Women’s Worlds conference being held in Ottawa (3-7 July 2011)

Location                 Toronto – Glendon Campus of York University (Osgoode will be under renovation)

At this one day workshop, we will be discussing six (6) papers, with time included for other conversation and socializing with the other participants in the workshop.  Breakfast, lunch, and a celebratory dinner will be provided to participants.  Accommodation for one night for those travelling to Toronto will be provided.  We will cover travel costs within Canada.


Please contact                      Sonia Lawrence

Director, Institute for Feminist Legal Studies & Case Comments Editor, CJWL

Associate Professor, Osgoode Hall 416 736 5562 slawrence@osgoode.yorku.ca

In addition…

The Osgoode Institute for Feminist Legal Studies is planning a workshop on teaching feminism in the legal academy, to be held on June 16, 2011 – the day before this Early Career Feminist Workshop.  Stay tuned to http://ifls.osgoode.yorku.ca) on this event.  Those attending the EARLY CAREER FEMINIST WORKSHOP will be encouraged to consider attending both events.

Printable flyer here: IFLS CJWL CFParticipationnew