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Hotel IFLS: Visitors (and save the date: July 18 2012).

This is just a heads up – more on all these women later.

As I write, Karen Pearlston of UNB is toiling away on the second floor of osgoode.   I hope she is enjoying the lashings of rain as much as I am.

In July, I have promised better weather to Emily Grabham (Kent), who arrives for a long visit and Erika Rackley (Durham) coming for a short one.  Save the date for a talk by Erika (and I hope Emily, but haven’t mentioned it to her yet) on July 18, 1230.  Details to follow, watch this space.  I won’t be here (family vacation) but my colleagues Dayna Scott and Janet Mosher will manage the hosting better than I ever could.

Then in the fall, IFLS will co sponsor two of Osgoode’s Genest Global Faculty, Ngaire Naffine (University of Adelaide) and Christina Rodriguez (NYU, for now). And I’m hoping to get newly appointed Joanna Erdman in for a day from Dalhousie/Schulich too.   In the spring, fingers crossed, Ruthann Robson.


I’m always happy to take your suggestions about who else we could invite (budget permitting).  Let me know.  Or, grad students/faculty members, why not apply?  See here for IFLS specific information and here for the Osgoode application process.



SlutWalk, theorised: Feminist Legal Studies CFP & Ratna Kapur at Osgoode (Mar 7)

Prof Emily Grabham from Kent  just sent me this CFP from Feminist Legal Studies (she is the Editor-in-Chief) on “Theorising SlutWalk: Critical Feminist Perspectives” (deadline Sept. 30, 2012, complete call (pdf)  here).

Feminist Legal Studies is pleased to publish Ratna Kapur’s article Pink Chaddis and SlutWalk Couture: The Postcolonial Politics of Feminism Lite in our upcoming issue: 20(1). [i will update with when/where you can get this article! – sl] Kapur deftly analyses the postcolonial feminist politics of the Indian SlutWalk and Pink Chaddi movements…..

In dominant narratives circulating about SlutWalk, the marches began after a police officer made comments at Osgoode Hall Law School in January 2011 that women could avoid sexual assault by not dressing ‘like sluts’. Nevertheless, SlutWalks rearticulate a range of contextually specific feminist concerns that pre-date and transcend this apparently North American ‘genesis’. Moreover, SlutWalk organising has been critiqued for ignoring dynamics of colonialism, as well as institutionalised violence against women/queers of colour, and against low-income women and queers.

Papers are invited which analyse these developments within the usual FLS guidelines, which are reproduced below. Authors are encouraged, but not required, to draw on or respond to Ratna Kapur’s arguments.

Lucky Osgoode, we get a kind of a name check (?) in the CFP and  Ratna Kapur arrives here for as a Genest Global Visitor on March 5th and will be giving a talk based on the paper that Emily mentions on Wednesday March 7th 1230-2 in room 2001.

Join us! But please RSVP at this site using event code: GENEST2. More information: 

Slutwalk Couture: The Politics of Feminism Lite

Genest Global Lecture
Co-sponsored with IFLS

 Ratna Kapur, Geneva School of Diplomacy and International Relations

Ratna Kapur is a faculty member of the Geneva School of Diplomacy and International Relations, Geneva. She was a Coca-Cola World Fund Faculty Fellow at Yale Law School in 2010. She practised law for a number of years in New Delhi, and now teaches and publishes extensively on issues of international law, human rights, feminist legal theory and postcolonial theory. She was the Senior Gender Advisor with the UN Mission in Nepal during the transition period from 2007-2008. She has also been a Visiting Fellow at Cambridge University and Harvard Law School. She has held a distinguished Chair in Human Rights at Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia, as well as the Endowed Joseph C. Hostetler-Baker and Hostetler Chair in Law at Cleveland Marshal School of Law. Professor Kapur also works as a legal consultant on issues of human rights and international law for various organizations. Her latest books include “Erotic Justice: Law and the New Politics of Postcolonialism”(Cavendish, 2005) and “Makeshift Migrants: Gender, Belonging and Postcolonial Anxieties” (Routledge, 2010″).

If you are interested in what appeared on this blog about SlutWalk and the triggering incident, click here for the first post, here for the second, and here for the rest. Loads of links! Student commentary! Very few pictures!