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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.

Women, Race & Class in the Academy, two events

From long ago Osgoode graduate student Dr. Lolita Buckner Inniss, @auntiefeminist on twitter and  blogs here (Ain’t I a Feminist Legal Scholar Too? A blog that explores the relationship between blackness, feminism and feminist legal scholarship).  My colleague Dayna Scott and I will have a chance to meet Prof. Onwuachi-Willig on March 8 at this event, a conference based around the collection Presumed Incompetent: The Intersections of Race and Class for Women in Academia put on  by the Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law and Justice. But the teach in also looks interesting, and Prof. Buckner Inniss is suggesting thisChronicle of Higher Ed adaptation of Prof. Onwuachi Willig’s piece in the collection.
On March 11, 2013 from 4:00 until 6:00 p.m. in the Fillius Events Barn the Women’s Studies Department of Hamilton College will hostProfessor Angela Onwuachi-Willig of the University of Iowa College of Law. Professor Onwuachi-Willig will lead a faculty/staff teach-in on how gender and race operate in the context of women faculty of color in the academy. One of the launching points of her discussion will be her chapter titled “Silence of the Lambs” from the book Presumed IncompetentWe will continue our discussion informally over a buffet dinner that immediately follows the event. **We would be delighted to have you join us!  Hamilton College is especially convenient to those of you in the central/upstate New York region.**
Please click here to indicate whether you will come. Whether or not you can attend, please help us by answering some survey questions that are also located at the link.
Presumed Incompetent (Utah State University Press, 2012) is a groundbreaking account of the intersecting roles of gender, race and class in the working lives of women faculty of color.  The book features first person narratives and qualitative empirical studies that examine some of the underlying structural factors that perpetuate bias and exclusion for women of color in the academy.The book also offers concrete recommendations for how institutions can address some of these problems.

Professor Onwuachi-Willig is the Charles and Marion Kierscht Professor of Law at the University of Iowa. She is one of the most-accomplished and best-known scholars in the legal academy. Professor Onwuachi-Willig is the recipient of numerous honors and awards.  She was elected to the American Law Institute, has been a fellow of the American Bar Foundation, and was a recent finalist for Iowa Supreme Court Justice.  Professor Onwuachi-Willig graduated from Grinnell College, Phi Beta Kappa, with a B.A. in American Studies, and received her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School, where she was a Clarence Darrow Scholar, a Note Editor on the Michigan Law Review and an Associate Editor of the founding issue of the Michigan Journal of Race and Law.
Click here to read an essay in the Chronicle of Higher Education adapted from Professor Onwuachi-Willig‘s chapter. 


Feminist Legal Studies Queens Conference on Women's Health and Equality

Click here for the CFP in pdf.

FEMINIST LEGAL STUDIES QUEEN’S CALL FOR PAPERS  Bodies of Law: Women’s Health and Equality
March 1‐2, 2013 in Kingston, Ontario
The goal of the symposium is to identify how laws affect women’s health and how
improvements in health lead to greater equality. This event will analyze ways in
which gender equality in women’s health is an outcome of legal discourses through
examining law at the provincial and federal levels, the Canadian Charter of Rights
and Freedoms, and international conventions to promote health and equality, such
as the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women
(CEDAW). The symposium is intended to provide a forum to examine proposals for
policy reform to improve women’s health and equality.
FLSQ invites health law and equality specialists, academic and practicing lawyers,
policy analysts, interdisciplinary experts, students in law, health sciences, policy
studies, and other university disciplines, and community representatives to submit
proposals for papers as part of panel discussions to examine the interaction of
equality provisions and health and to identify means of achieving better outcomes.
Proposals are invited on the following issues, as well as on other issues proposed by
those responding to this call for papers:
 Inequalities in gender, Aboriginal status, and mental health as determinants of health
Conceptualizing women’s health and human rights
Assisted human reproduction law: surrogacy, commodification, and cross‐border arrangements
Trafficking in women and body parts
Gender‐specific promotion of tobacco control and obesity prevention through international and domestic law
Criminal and tort law rights regarding pregnancy and abortion
Prisoners’ physical and mental health
Clinical trials and drug regulation: disabling conditions and disadvantage resulting from exclusions and regulatory limitations
Women and HIV/AIDS law
Health images in advertising – tobacco counter‐advertising; pharmaceutical drug promotion
Maternal mortality and reproductive rights
Beijing Conference on Women and Platform for Action revisited
Intellectual disabilities and rights to health
Mental health and law: diagnoses, stigma, and treatment
Sexual abuse by health practitioners
Reproductive health and genetics
Law and policy reform related to any of these substantive topics,based on doctrinal, theoretical, empirical, comparative, or
interdisciplinary approaches.
Call for papers:
Submissions grounded in health, domestic or international law, public policy, social anthropology, history of medicine, sociology, economics, women’s/gender studies, human rights, or political studies are sought.
Date and Location: The conference will be held at the University Club and the Faculty of Law building, Macdonald Hall, at Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario on Friday March 1 and Saturday March 2, 2013.
Submitting paper proposals:
If you are interested in presenting a paper or organizing a panel on a specific issue, please email a short outline of your proposal (a paragraph in length) to Patricia Peppin (at peppinp@queensu.ca) or Bita Amani (at amanib@queensu.ca). A proposal may be made at any time until November 28, 2012. Participation will be confirmed by December 14, 2012.
Travel funding:
When submitting a paper or panel proposal, please indicate whether you would be able to obtain institutional support to attend, or whether you could attend only if you receive funding from Feminist Legal Studies Queen’s.
Attendance without presenting a paper is welcome, as the goal is to discuss a wide variety of equality issues. Contact the organizers to indicate interest and obtain registration information. Some funding is available to assist students to attend. We encourage you to register early. Registration will open on November 15. For further information please contact:

Prof. Patricia Peppin, Conference Coordinator: preppinp@queensu.ca

Prof. Bita Amani, Co‐Director Feminist Legal Studies Queen’s Feminist Legal Studies Queen’s  amanib@queensu.ca

"End of Men" conference in Boston via IntLawGrrls


Great idea for a conference.  The book (not to mention the Atlantic cover story) by Hanna Rosin is certainly getting lots of press.  Including some pretty trenchant critique,  here and here.   Here’s a report from the conference, by Fionnuala Ní Aoláin over at intlawgrrls.  This issue – whether women have won the battle for equality, or even dominance – not to mention the discourse around it –  is one of prime importance to feminists.


IntLawGrrls: “End of Men” conference continues today in Boston.

Conference participants include Rosin, who gave the keynote address yesterday, as well as feminist scholars and masculinity theorists such as Professors Michael Kimmel, SUNY at Stonybrook; Joan Williams, University of California-Hastings College of Law; Ann McGinley of the University of Nevada; my co-author, IntLaw Grrls contributor Naomi Cahn, of the George Washington University School of Law, June Carbone of the University of Missouri-Kansas; and Ralph Richard Banks of Stanford Law School.
Among the topics to be discussed today:
Comparative and international perspectives on the “End of Men.” Presenting, in addition to yours truly, Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, will be Pnina Lahav of Boston University School of Law
, Mary Anne Case of the University of Chicago Law School, 
Shahla Haeri of Boston University Department of Anthropology
, and Julie C. Suk, visiting this year at Harvard Law. Challenging the cohesive narrative of progress offered by Rosen, we will address a range of contemporary comparative law perspectives on the continuing inequalities and challenges that women face across multiple jurisdictions.
Details here.

Also interesting, the tweets from the conference….here’s a small sample.

[blackbirdpie url=”https://twitter.com/KmSmmns/status/257196630988693504″]

[blackbirdpie url=”https://twitter.com/Sashagfriend/status/256803997191647235″]

CFP (deadline July 1): Mothering and Reproduction Conference Motherhood Initiative for Research & Community Involvement

The Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement is holding the MOTHERING AND REPRODUCTION CONFERENCE featuring an embedded conference on the topic of MOTHERING, SCIENCE, AND TECHNOLOGY October 18-20, 2012, Toronto, ON, Canada.  For consideration, please send a 250-word abstract and a 50-word bio by July 1, 2012 to info@motherhoodinitiative.org ** TO SUBMIT AN ABSTRACT FOR THIS CONFERENCE, ONE MUST BE A MEMBER OF MIRCI: http://www.motherhoodinitiative.org/membership.html

Topics may include but are not restricted to:
Bioethics and fertility; abortion, birth control and assisted fertility in a cross cultural context; reproductive technologies
and the interplay of religion; mothering in families of high order multiple births; mothering on the blogosphere; queer
engagements with reproduction; motherhood and the technological womb; modern childbirth and maternity care;
(mis)educative experiences teaching and learning about menstruation and reproduction; re/productive roles mothers play
in de/constructing embodied understandings of reproduction; surviving traumatic birth experiences; mothers in
academe/research; mothering and the workplace, how technology permeates the work/home barrier; attachment with
adopted and biological children; birth plans; how science and technology inform social justice issues; assisted
reproductive technologies, state policy, and federalism’s impacts on women in the United States and around the world;
reproductive decisions and a politics of location; impact of social media on opinions regarding reproduction; “mothering”
from a distance; the experience of egg donation; mothers’ changing relationship with “the experts” regarding birthing, infant
care in the age of infectious diseases, baby books and birth control; reproductive rights and wrongs, including rise
of contraceptive technology alongside state-coerced sterilization; mothering in the Information Age; maternalist political
rhetoric in favor of labor rights; mothering bodies; pre and postnatal bodies and reconstructive surgery; eating disorders
and reproduction; reproductive consciousness and politics of reproduction; outcomes associated with
scientific/technological intervention; outsourcing of reproduction to developing nations; maternal and erotic/maternal
eroticism; history of reproductive technologies; Indigenous mothers and mothering; cross-cultural perspectives on
reproduction including reproductive technologies.


h/t Bita Amani, Carys Craig