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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!


grad student job opportunity: research on gender equality in EU policy processes

I’m very pleased to be working with the IFLS as the graduate student coordinator!  One of my goals for the coming year is to find new ways for the IFLS to support JD and grad students interested in feminist legal studies.  On that note, here is an interesting grad student job opportunity from the Centre for Feminist Research (CFR) at York:

Interested in gender studies?  Interested in European studies? Interested in policy studies?

We currently looking to hire graduate research assistants on a recently-funded Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council research program that brings together scholars and policymakers from Canada and Europe to study how the problem of gender inequality is (and is not addressed) in European Union policy processes.

Ideally, you are:

-an MA or PhD student in a social science discipline

-have some background in gender studies (e.g., relevant coursework)

-have some background in and/or are interested in European and policy studies.

If you are interested, please send a letter of interest along with your your academic transcripts and a resume/CV to: hmacrae@yorku.ca.
Prof. Heather MacRae Department of Political Science York University

You can learn more about Dr MacRae’s work here.


Mapping Scholarly Literature [and the meaning of “carceral feminism”]

A little while ago i had a little twitter thing , especially with Lise Gotell, but also with Karen Pearlston and Michael Plaxton (thanks!) about whether people would be interested in doing some work around mapping out feminist approaches to incarceration and the criminal justice system.

if you have suggestions on tools/techniques for mapping scholarly literature, please let me know – I will compile a set of resources about this kind of thing. 

My starting point was the feeling that some kind of tipping point has been reached with the term carceral feminism, and I’m starting to hear it more and more (hear, not just read, hear as part of more ordinary conversations not necessarily conversations in a scholarly context).  Sometimes I hear it from people who don’t, I think, have a developed position on the criminal justice system, but do oppose carceral feminism.  At the very least I’m sure that there are a variety of positions along a continuum of  – perhaps it can best be called “feminist engagement with the Criminal Justice System”.   I would like to have a map of those positions, one that considers the scholarship, what people have said directly on those issues, how carceral feminism has been defined, and applied, how the term has been critiqued, how it has been opposed, alternative formulations.  I think that one of the things i particularly need is for this mapping to illustrate various positions  clearly in relationship to each other and over time.

I’m not wedded to the term carceral feminism, and I understand that many have a critique that the term is a “straw[woman?]” (Lise has a piece in a recent collection that is “a critique of a critique of carceral feminism” and has given talks on it) .  But i think the question about theory, strategy and practice models about feminist engagement with the criminal justice system are really interesting.

I also meant map in a more literal, visual sense.  I want a tool where, oh well, in the ideal, a crowdsourced map could be built by scholars, including obviously grad students.  I imagine that we could map out  some key concepts and linked areas of theory (crit race, indigenous, as two examples amongst many) in relation to which we could place various authors and their works.

[a workshop would also be cool]

I think because of the weather and age and all,  I feel increasingly frustrated (in an academic sense) the collapsing of important debates into dichotomized positions in which the absolutely (in my view) critical subtleties or even enormous differences between any of the middle positions are ignored, flattened, washed out.  I will avoid noting the examples which immediately spring to mind, but no doubt you’ll have your own.  I am imagining a resource that would – at least and perhaps at most – describe the issues on which authors in this “middle” differ, and how they differ, what they say when they look at each other’s work, how their work changes over time even.

Now I’m hunting for a tech tool to make this work.  The look of some of the cool stuff out there for digital humanities might, possibly, have been a factor in thinking that this should be done.  Mapping works with pen and paper, but imagine something more like this:

The image below is the static version.  It’s not very easy to use, but gives you a sense of the “layout” of this particular mapping effort.  Read more about the project here.   If you think the notion or the image is remotely interesting, PLEASE click through for the dynamic one – it’s useable, moveable, totally fascinating: Signs Journal at 40 Cocitation graph


cocitation graph
from http://signsat40.signsjournal.org/cocitation/img/signs-cocitation-graph-still.png