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Davina Cooper @ IFLS | The Future of Legal Gender

Thursday September 19 2019  1230-2

Osgoode Hall Law School   IKB ROOM 2027


Professor Davina Cooper, Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College

all text in poster is available in the post.

Are there good reasons to retain a system in which people have a formal legal sex/ gender? What might change involve? And what are the challenges, risks and benefits of radical reform? This talk draws on a British, feminist, law reform research project, currently in its second year, to explore these questions. It approaches decertification, where the state no longer stands behind people’s sex/gender, from two primary angles: the politics of moving from gender-as-identity to gender-as-network (or something similar); and the politics of prefiguring what the law (and its options) could be.

If you would like to learn more about the research project this talk draws on? See here for the project website, and/or read this fascinating blog post from one of the Researchers, Dr. Flora Renz. It is up at the UK Socio Legal Studies Association blog.

Fluctuating intensities: Thinking about gender through other socio-legal categories

” Part of the challenge of a prefigurative law reform project, is to think through what such options would look like. If we want to imagine and anticipate different ways of dealing with gender as a legal status, one useful starting point may be to think about how other identity statuses or categories are currently dealt with in social, policy and legal contexts. Disability as a category may offer a particularly rich source both for comparison, but also to think about how future changes to gender could be approached from a different starting point. In thinking through these issues I am using disability or chronic illness not as a direct comparison but rather as a prompt for considering some aspects of gender that are less prominent in current discussions, such as gender as a legal category whose intensity and relevance may fluctuate in different times and places.”

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.

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!

Need an academic MiniBreak? DEADLINE August 31.2010 for early career visitors to Keele/Kent Centre Law, Gender Sexuality

click through to the CLGS Pecans website

This looks like a great opportunity for early  career scholars – visit at Keele or Kent Centre for Law Gender Sexuality for about 1-3 weeks, participate in their events, and benefit from all the scholars associated with the Centre.  Thanks to Susan Boyd of UBC for sending the notice!

CentreLGS PECANS (post grad early career academics network of scholars)  welcomes applications from early career scholars wishing to visit CentreLGS at either Keele University or the University of Kent for a limited period of time (between 1 and 3 weeks and preferably between November and March) during the UK academic year of 2010-2011.Applicants should be early career researchers* with a strong interest in critical, interdisciplinary, theoretically engaged and policy relevant research relating to law, gender and sexuality (broadly defined).

Here is an excerpt from the email sent by Dr. Rosie Harding at Keele: “CentreLGS PECANS welcomes applications from early career scholars (postgraduate research students and academics up to 5 years post-PhD) wishing to visit either the CentreLGS at the University of Kent or the GSL research group at Keele University for a limited period of time (between 1 and 3 weeks and preferably between November and March) during the UK academic year of 2010-2011.  Applicants should be early career researchers with a strong interest in critical, interdisciplinary, theoretically engaged and policy relevant research relating to law, gender and sexuality (broadly defined).

Applications must be submitted to d.alessandrini@kent.ac.uk by 31 August 2010. The committee will make a decision by the 30 September 2010 and visits can take place from November 2010. Limited amounts of financial support are available to facilitate visits from outside the UK, and will be allocated on the basis of need.

More information about the Scheme is available on the PECANS website at http://www.clgs-pecans.org.uk/fellowships.php. Prior to submitting an application, prospective applicants are welcome to contact either Donatella Alessandrini (d.alessandrini@kent.ac.uk) or Rosie Harding (r.harding@law.keele.ac.uk) for informal advice on their proposed application. Further information about the research interests of CentreLGS members at both Keele and Kent can be found on the relevant departmental websites.”

PECANS – CentreLGS Postgraduate and Early Career Academics Network of Scholars – About.