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CFProposals: Radically Rethink Marriage with @kootenaydreams & @nicolajbarker

Easing back from my vacation into the webworld.  Strangely, I didn’t miss it much this time.  I think that means that i am now clearly associating the web with work – this is not, I think, a good thing.  But this next is –  a  great looking CF Proposals via Nicola Barker (Kent) @nicolaJbarker (see previous IFLS posts re Nicola here) and Suzanne Lenon (Lethbridge) @kootenaydreams

Note that this conference might be at Onati in Spain – the fall back is ….Paris.  So there is that too.

Radically Rethinking Marriage

Deadline for Submissions: September 20, 2013 (Workshop: July 2015)

find this conference on FB, here.

Over the last few months the issue of same-sex marriage has once again received a lot of international attention with the partial repeal of DOMA in the United States, the overturning of Proposition 8 in California, and the legalization of same-sex marriage in the United Kingdom. But as with previous debates in countries that have already introduced same-sex marriage, the public debates have contained little or no critical interrogation of the institution of marriage itself. Feminist critiques of marriage, once widespread in academia, have been silenced by the difficulty of interjecting in an argument strongly shaped by discourses of love, and where the premise of the dispute is itself delimited by a framing that understands marriage as an unquestioned good that should either be protected in its ‘traditional’ form, or available to all couples. But how could feminists radically rethink marriage? What is at stake (politically, materially, affectively) in such an endeavour? What would “rethinking marriage” look like?

This two-day workshop seeks to bring together feminist scholars working across disciplines to radically rethink law(s) of and around marriage. We seek papers that offer an engaged analysis and re-imagining of marriage within law, attending to the complexities of its racial, sexual, gendered, class and colonial effects. Abstracts may engage any of the following (or other) broad themes:
• Same-sex marriage
• Polygamy
• Polyamory
• Alternative property regimes
• the ‘Beyond Marriage’ movement
• Conjugality
• Sovereignty and/or decolonization
• Marriage and wealth

In the spirit of the feminist judgments projects,* we ask that abstracts (1) identify a specific case, statute or key article and/or debate from the literature and (2) offer a re-thinking, new interpretation or rewriting: How could we decide a case or interpret a statute differently? Is it even possible to (re)imagine its transformative potentiality? How could we fill gaps in the key articles or debates, in ways that fundamentally challenge the existing legal institution of marriage? Is there a feminist alternative to marriage?

Submissions are encouraged from scholars, activists and artists and are not limited to traditional academic papers.

Once we have abstracts we will apply to hold the workshop at the International Institute for the Sociology of Law in Oñati, Spain.

If this is not possible, it will be held at the University of Kent’s campus in Paris. Participants are responsible for their own travel and health insurance, travel costs, registration fee, and accommodations.

Deadline for Submissions:

A 500 word abstract and title, along with affiliations and a short biography, should be sent in electronic form (Word document) to Suzanne Lenon, Women & Gender Studies, University of Lethbridge, suzanne.lenon@uleth.ca and Nicola Barker, Kent Law School, University of Kent, n.j.barker@kent.ac.uk by September 20, 2013.

Please do not hesitate to contact us for further information.

*For more information on the Feminist Judgment Projects, see: Women’s Court of Canada, http://womenscourt.ca/home/; Feminist Judgments Project http://www.kent.ac.uk/law/fjp/; Irish Feminist Judgments Project http://humanrights.ie/announcements/introducing-the-irish-feminist-judgments-project/; and Australian Feminist Judgments Project http://www.law.uq.edu.au/australian-feminist-judgments-project. See also E. Brems (ed.) Diversity and European Human Rights: Rewriting Judgments of the ECHR (CUP, 2013).

CFP: International Congress on Gender Violence: Intersectionalities @ Oñati International Institute for the Sociology of Law Oñati, 10 – 12 July 2013 Deadline 4th March 2013

h/t Shelley Gavigan.

Oñati International Institute for the Sociology of Law

International Congress on Gender Violence: Intersectionalities Oñati, 10 – 12 July 2013

DirectorsAngela Melville (Scientific Director – International Institute for the Sociology of Law)
David Gadd (Centre for Criminology and Criminal JusticeManchester University School of Law)

Call for papers [+info] Deadline 4th March 2013
Papers [+info] Deadline 10th June 2013

The congress will be hosted by the International Institute for Sociology of Law, which is located in Oñati, Spain. Sessions will be held in both English and Spanish, with simultaneous translation provided for the final keynote speaker session.

This congress is aimed at examining the main conceptual frameworks for thinking about gender violence. We invite participants to consider how useful the concept of gender violence is for tackling violence against women. We also particularly encourage papers that will examine the intersections of gender violence with other determinants of inequalities. Papers are invited from researchers working in the area of gender violence, as well as policy makers, practitioners and activists. We feel that this interdisciplinary may help to produce new conceptualisations of gender violence.

The topic of gender violence is especially relevant to Spain and the Basque country. Spain has been a relative latecomer to legislation to address gender violence, although is now attempting to a take a lead in Europe. In Spain, violence against women is seen to be a problem of gender violence. The decision to use the concept of gender rather than domestic violence was based on the recognition that violence against women arises from gender inequalities that extend outside of the domestic sphere, and are connected to patriarchy.

However, this definition has also been criticised for only conceptualising violence with intimate partnerships, and excluding other types of violence such as sexual harassment, rape, trafficking of women etc. The definition also does not recognise the intersectionality of violence with race, ethnicity, sexuality, disability and other structural determinants of inequality. For instance, Amnesty International has argued that undocumented migrant women in Spain who have been the victims of violence have not been able to access services provided to other victims. In addition, despite the provision of considerable funding to tackle the problem, gender violence appears to be a growing problem in Spain, and it is becoming clear that legislation reform alone is not sufficient to address the problem. Clearly these problems are not limited to Spain, and we invite different international examples and comparative perspectives.

Congress themes

This congress is aimed at examining existing and producing new conceptual frameworks for thinking about gender violence. It is proposed to have sessions on:

    • New theoretical models of gender violence: questioning the primacy of gender inequality
    • The persistence of gender violence as a gendered phenomenon
    • The intersection of gender, race and ethnicity
    • Giving voice of marginalised women: disabled women’s experiences of violence
    • Debunking stereotypes of battered women: intersections of gender and class
    • Sexuality and violence


Angela Melville (International Institute for the Sociology of Law)
Ana Isabel Pérez Machio (Instituto Vasco de Criminología. Universidad del País Vasco)
Arantza Campos (UPV/EHU)
David Gadd (Manchester University School of Law)

For further information:
IISL (Meetings)
Antigua Universidad
Apartado 28
20560 Oñati (Gipuzkoa) – Spain
Tel.: +34 943 71 88 89
Fax: +34 943 78 31 47
E-Mail: malen@iisj.es


New in Print: Challenging Gender Inequity in Tax Policy Making

In my email box yesterday, an announcement that this book is out:

Challenging Gender Inequality in Tax Policy Making: Comparative Perspectives

Edited by Kim Brooks, Åsa Gunnarsson, Lisa Philipps and Maria WersigClick here to order from Hart UK/World (with link to Hart USA) (hint: you might be able to forward this post to your law library and ask them to order it…).  The contents are part of a workshop held at Oñati and part of the Oñati International Series in Law and Society (Bridget Crawford blogged about it at Feminist Law Professors here and here).  This book is on my list – and I am NOT a tax person, although lately am making tentative forays into tax policy as it relates to welfare policy. I think the tentativeness is the problem.  All or nothing, it seems.

This volume takes a critical look at the gender of tax policy around the world. Contributors based in eight different countries examine the profound effects that gender norms and practices have had in shaping tax law and policy, and how taxation in turn impacts upon the possibilities for equality along gender, race, class, sexuality and other lines. Chapters explore how the gendered fiscal state might be theorised; how structural choices about rates and bases in tax policy design contribute to gender inequality; how tax policy affects family configurations and perceptions of what constitutes family; how fiscal systems impact on savings and wealth accumulation by women and men; and the role of different policy-making processes and institutions in occluding and sometimes challenging these patterns. Most significantly, perhaps, the book explores these questions in an international frame, traversing countries and continents. The conclusion: fiscal policy has deep rooted, long standing gender implications that affect virtually every aspect of our social, political, and economic lives whether we live in Canada, Australia or Kenya.

What’s in the book?

Introduction ………………………………………………………………………………….1
Lisa Philipps, Kim Brooks, Åsa Gunnarsson and Maria Wersig

Lisa Philipps is a Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School of York University in Toronto, Canada. She is co-editor of Tax Expenditures: State of the Art, ed Lisa Philipps, Neil Brooks and Jinyan Li (Toronto, Canadian Tax Foundation, 2011), and co-author of David G Duff, Kim Brooks, Benjamin Alarie and Lisa Philipps, Canadian Income Tax Law, 3rd edn (Markham, Ontario, LexisNexis, 2009). Kim Brooks was appointed Dean of the Schulich School of Law in July 2010. She formerly held the H Heward Stikeman Chair in the Law of Taxation at McGill’s Faculty of Law. Professor Brooks’ primary research interests lie in the areas of corporate and international tax, and tax policy. Åsa Gunnarsson is Professor of Jurisprudence and Tax Law at the Department of Law, Umeå University. Her research covers a wide range of issues on law and the gendered fiscal state. She currently leads a research programme funded by the Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Foundation, titled Feminist Studies on Taxation and Budgeting (FemTax). Maria Wersig studied law and gender equality at the Freie Universität Berlin. She has worked as a policy adviser within the Parliament of the Federal Republic of Germany and is currently a doctoral candidate at the Otto-Suhr-Institute of Political Science (Berlin). Her research interests include family law and policy, taxation, legal gender studies and comparative constitutional studies.

Part I: Gendering the Fiscal State

1. The ‘Capture’ of Women in Law and Fiscal Policy: The Tax/Benefit Unit, Gender Equality, and Feminist Ontologies ….. 11
Kathleen A Lahey ( Professor of Law and Queen’s National Scholar, Faculty of Law, Queen’s University, and co-director, Feminist Legal Studies Queen’s. Her research includes corporate, personal, international, and comparative taxation and policy, property law, gender budgeting, women, sexualities,and race in fiscal policy and human rights. Recent publications include Women and Fiscal Equality (special edition, Canadian Journal of Women and the Law, 2010), ‘Women, Substantive Equality, and Fiscal Policy’ (CJWL, 2010), and ‘International Transactions, Taxation, and Women: The Critical Role of Gender Analysis’ (UBCLRev, 2010). She frequently advises parliamentary committees, policy units, and the media on tax/budget issues. Email: kal2@queensu.ca.)

2. Tax, Markets, Gender and the New Institutionalism …………………… 37
Ann Mumford (Dr. Ann Mumford is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Law at Queen Mary, University of London. Ann’s research interests are in the fields of fiscal sociology, budgetary processes, and the intersections of law, gender and equality. She has written two monographs, Taxing Culture (Ashgate, 2002); and Tax Policy, Women and the Law (Cambridge University Press, 2010)).

3. Gender Equity in Australia’s Tax System: A Capabilities Approach …………………………………………………………………………….. 53
Miranda Stewart (Associate Professor at Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne. She recently edited Housing and Tax Policy (Australian Tax Research Foundation, 2010) and is a co-author of Death and Taxes (Thomson, 2009) and Income Taxation: Commentary and Materials (Thomson, 2009). She is currently researching taxation of the not-for-profit-sector and issues in tax and development).

4. Challenging the Benchmarks in Tax Law Theories and Policies from a Gender Perspective—The Swedish Case ………………………….. 75
Åsa Gunnarsson

Part II: Bases and Rates: Structural Choices in Tax Policy Design

5. Taxing Surrogacy ………………………………………………………………….. 95
Bridget J Crawford ( Professor of Law at Pace University School of Law in White Plains, New York. She teaches courses in Taxation; Wills, Trusts and Estates; and Feminist Legal Theory. She is the editor, with Anthony Infanti, of Critical Tax Theory: An Introduction (Cambridge, 2009). She can be reached at bcrawford@law.pace.edu. You can follow her on Twitter at @ProfBCrawford.)

6. A Gender Perspective Approach Regarding the Impact of Income Tax on Wage-earning Women in Spain …………………….. 109
Paloma de Villota ( Professor Doctor of Applied Economy at Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Her research interests include labour market, fiscal and social policies and gender budgeting. She writes reports for the European Commission and Spanish institutions. She has collaborated with UNIFEM, ILPES, CEPAL and the Council of Europe. She has worked with many European Universities in different projects and with American institutions such as FLACSO, UNAM (México). She is a member of the International Association of Feminist Economics and member of the board of the Instituto de Investigaciones Feministas (Spain).)

7. Gender and Taxation in Kenya: The Case of Personal Income and Value-added Taxes …………………………………………………………. 135
Bernadette M Wanjala and Maureen Were (Bernadette Wanjala is a PhD Fellow in Economics at the Development Research Institute, Tilburg University, the Netherlands. She has wide research experience and publications in macroeconomics, macro modelling, development economics and gender aware macroeconomics. She has previously worked as an Assistant Policy Analyst in Macroeconomics Division, The Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis (KIPPRA).  Maureen Were is a researcher at the Research and Policy Analysis Department of the Central Bank of Kenya. She holds a PhD in economics, with wide experience in economic research and the field of macroeconomic modelling. She has written a number of papers on pertinent macro and socio-economic issues relating to Kenya).

Part III: The Family in Tax Policy

8. Dismembering Families ………………………………………………………… 159
Anthony C Infanti (Professor of Law at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. His research focuses particularly upon the intersection of  tax law with sexual orientation and gender identity. He is co-editor of
Critical Tax Theory: An Introduction (Cambridge University Press, 2009). Professor Infanti is an elected member of the American Law Institute and the American Bar Foundation).

9. The Tax/Benefit Implications of Recognizing Same-sex Partnerships ………………………………………………………….. 177
Casey Warman and Frances Woolley (Casey Warman received his PhD in Economics from Carleton University in 2006. He teaches in the Economics Department at Queen’s University. His research interests primarily involve empirical issues in the areas of immigration, gender differentials, labour market, and health economics. His research has been published in the Canadian Journal of Economics, Labour Economics and the American Economic Journal: Economic Policy. Frances Woolley is a Professor in the Department of Economics at Carleton University. Her area of expertise is the economics of the family and public policy, particularly with respect to the tax treatment of families. She blogs regularly at Worthwhile Canadian Initiative, http://worthwhile.typepad.com and for the Globe and Mail newspaper.)

10. Income Redistribution Through Child Benefits and Child-related Tax Deductions: A Gender-neutral Approach? ………195
Kirsten Scheiwe (Professor of Law at Hildesheim University, Germany since 2000. She works mainly in the areas of family law, social law and legal comparison and investigates law in social context from the perspectives of interdisciplinary and comparative legal analysis and gender studies. She received her PhD from the European University Institute, Florence and her habilitation from Frankfurt University).

11. Overcoming the Gender Inequalities of Joint Taxation and Income Splitting: The Case of Germany …………………………….213
Maria Wersig

Part IV: Savings, Wealth and Capital Gains

12. Income Splitting and Gender Equality: The Casefor Incentivizing Intra-household Wealth Transfers ……………………235
Lisa Philipps

13. Indirect Discrimination in Tax Law: The Case of Tax Deductions for Contributions to Employer-provided Pension Plans in Germany ……………………………………………………..255
Ulrike Spangenberg (a Berlin-based independent consultant who has worked with clients in government, trade unions and a variety of other organisations. A lawyer by training, she has specialized in Gender and
Fiscal policy. She is the author and co-author of several key studies on the intersection of taxation and gender in Germany. Contact: spangenberg@ gleichstellungsinstitut.de.)

14. Gender and Capital Gains Taxation ………………………………………..275
Marjorie E Kornhauser (Professor of Law at Arizona State University College of Law where she teaches tax and tax policy. Her research focuses on the intersection of tax and society, including political, historical and
gendered aspects of taxation. Among her recent publications is a chapter in another Hart publication: ‘Remembering the “Forgotten Man” (and Woman): Hidden Taxes and the 1936 Election’ in J Tiley (ed), Studies in
the History of Tax Law: Volume 4 (Hart Publishing, 2010)).